April 6th, 2011
01:56 PM ET

Gadhafi letter pleads for stop to NATO bombing

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to stop the NATO bombings, a senior administration official said Wednesday.

Ex-U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon, who met with Gadhafi within the last decade, paid a visit to the Libyan capital with a cease-fire plan and a clear message to the embattled ruler that he must step down.

"It's a very solemn time because there's so much at risk here," said Weldon, who led a congressional delegation to Libya in 2004 and is visiting Tripoli at Gadhafi's invitation.

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  1. Yabba

    Pretty impressive. Except that he wrote the letter on Micky Mouse stationery.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Why Write

    For Gadhafi to write Obama indicates that Gadhafi feels that Obama has a chance at listening... Obama still hasn't made clear to Gadhafi where he stands on this, I guess. Has anyone asked Gadhafi why he wrote Obama, why he thinks Obama would listen to him? I've read somewhere that they were friendly becasue they knew each other before? Is that true? That's really surprising, if so. And Gadhafi made a statement about Obama, referring to him as a "Kenyan brother". Wow... why in the world would he say that? It's likely true that he was born in Kenya after all, and that the Hawaii birth certificate was issued retroactively because his mother was American. (Even though one of the released birth certificates was determined to be a forgery). Please, journalists do your job... research and report instead of just a blurb about things that are really important.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      You know – I once heard Gadhafi say he was planning another attack on Americans with a guy named "Why Write
      " Come to think of it, there are allegations saying "Why Write" isn't even American and he was born outside the US. Come on journalists! Get on the ball here! I mean all these random stories and no help from you?! Whats up with that.

      April 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • stuey024


      you are dumb.

      April 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      I hear that by sending someone gifts makes you their friend automatically. So I heard Gadhafi sent "Why write" a gift. That makes Gadhafi and "Why write" friends right? "Why Write" has nothing to say about the matter right?

      April 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Danny Lee

    What? I can't hear you...the bombs are too loud!

    April 6, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ray butcher

    It's sad to see the u.s. is the police of the world, let these other country's fight there own wars. The last president sure got us in a mess that we are having a tough time trying to strighten out.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      Oh god here we go again....blame bush blame bush blame bush....old story come up with a new one and use your brain!

      April 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      I think Bush Jr was busy staring at a large pair of you know what on a woman and when asked by his military which country they were to attack – he spoke the only words going through his mind " I (want that) rack. Then he started making up excuses about weapons of mass destruction after people started questioning his reasoning 🙂

      April 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. zw

    After decades of crimes against Libyan Citizens including illegal detainment for no rerason, torture, murder, the deprivation of Rights & Opportunities except those chosen by Gaddafi to enjoy the fruits of life and Freedom, as well as theft of the country's $$$, there should be absolutely NO TALKS talks with him or his sons, as they are clearl;y, verifiably CRIMINAL., and the ONLY thing that should happen is their APPREHENSION for Swift Trials.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WilliamClemons

    wclemons I don't know what
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    gmail I am not
    .com very smart

    April 6, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. AnaP

    Really. Article is pointless. It gives no info. what so ever.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Shawn

    I think the US should stop the bombings and concentrate on important issues withen our own borders for the betterment of our own people for once.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. enamibia

    Its terible what's happening in Africa, terible and all too confusing. The people with the power to keep us informed don't deliver full stories. Is Gaddafi bad? Maybe. Is there oil in Lybia ? Yes. Why does America care so much that he is killing his own people, when there are many African leaders doing exactly the same as him or worse. Is it cos the rest don't have oil. Its sad to watch the politics of the world. And then they talk of free elections and no one person should rule for so long. When is the Queen going to be over thrown and her family. Please let's stop being hypocrytes and let it country run their own country. #amjustsaying

    April 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gadhafi

    what have i done to you? i didn't kill any Americans. stop bombing my precious civilians.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • freeman

      Especially the ones piloting tanks and helicopter gunships, right?

      April 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hotcurry

    This military option is dumb. Gadhafi is supported in the West of the country and the so-called rebels are stoner-terrorists who run away from the frontline and expect NATO to hand them power.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jack

    I'm not supporting Gaddahfi or his ways or anything. Hell, I think we should mind out business, save the hundred of millions of dollars we're spending there when we can use it to keep Washington DC from shutting down and fix our own nation's problems, and pretty much let them fight their own civil war.

    You know what's even more funny? Everyone here who's cheering on the rebels and calling Gaddahfi a terrorist and an anti-American doesn't realize the rebels are made up of Al Qaeda, a common enemy of the US and Libya.. If the rebels take hold of Libya, Al Qaeda and Osama will have a safe haven, a new home to build their terror-camps, and I promise you they'll denounce the United States in no time. This is what the CIA calls blowback, it happened in the 70's with Iran and now it's happening all over again.

    Sorry to say this but most of you don't even have a clue on what you're fighting and cheering for...including your President. 🙁

    April 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gadhafi

      yes, i am not the only bad guy over there.

      April 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinking7

      Sounds about right to me.

      April 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinking7

      For clarification – I am agreeing with you.

      April 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Homer

      Yeah, and things would be so much better with Tina Fey in office.

      April 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • freeman

      Apparently, you are the only one who "realizes" that the rebels are "made up of Al Qaeda", as all the facts I have heard state that the radical 'elements' are by far the minority in the rebel forces. The Pres has the CIA on the ground with the rebels, I think he has much better Intel than you do on what their makeup is.

      Where are your references to support your assertion the the majority of the rebel forces are "made up of Al Qaeda"? I notice you didn't site any.

      April 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lancon454

    I agree that we have no need to deal with this issue. We can't keep the Government running because of money issues in this country, but we can spend the money to deal with another country's issues? Let them deal with it without us and stop taking money out of my check!

    April 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LMB

    Well said Why Write...The whole thing is a nightmare...we need to pull ALL OUR TROOPS out of the WHOLE area..the whole middle east. Let them kill each other off. We have no business helping in a civil war of any country. that has been our problem for the last 40 yrs. If we get any more involved, then we'll be asked to stay and help form a new government. These people are TOO STUPID to do it themselves..this is why they allow themselves to be dictacted to. A bunch of sheep in with their heads wrapped. They have NO plan, NO organisation, NO leader..NO chance...

    April 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Thinking7

    Not much of an article.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
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