June 8th, 2011
10:01 AM ET

NATO: Time to plan for post-Gadhafi Libya

It is time to start planning for what to do in Libya after leader Moammar Gadhafi's departure "because Gadhafi's reign of terror is coming to an end," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday.

Rasmussen, talking with reporters in Brussels, insisted that NATO bombing had saved lives in Libya.

Pressed by reporters on why airstrikes will be able to dislodge Gadhafi when "the history of the last 30 years" shows that air attacks alone do not win wars, Rasmussen offered no clear answer, saying only, "We have no intentions to put troops on the ground."

He said the alliance had agreed to extend its military mission for another 90 days past the end of June and had the resources it needed to keep up the campaign for that long. But he refused to predict how long it would take, saying: "We will keep up the pressure for as long as it takes to bring this crisis to an early conclusion."

Gadhafi vowed Tuesday that "we will not surrender," even as NATO airstrikes bombarded his compound in Tripoli.

"I am now speaking as planes and bombs fall around me," Gadhafi said in a live audio broadcast on state television. "But my soul is in God's hand. We will not think about death or life. We will think about the call of duty."

At least three explosions rocked Tripoli late Tuesday night; it was not immediately clear what they hit. Earlier in the day, NATO targeted a military base and Gadhafi's compound, state television reported. A spokesman for the Libyan government said that at least 31 people were killed, including a number of civilians, and dozens more were wounded after 60 missiles struck the capital city.

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  1. bobcat2u

    The big question here is, Who is it that's going to be pulling the strings on this puppet they put in ? France, Italy, Germany ? I know you can't possibly believe that after investing all this time and money to win this war for the rebels, that one of these aren't going to be calling the shots. Then guess how long this peace will last.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |

      It will be the right-wing thugs in Washington who'll call the shots in Libya once Qadaffy is gone as always. The leaders of Great Britain,Germany and France are no more than stooges themselves waiting to carry out orders from Washington,sadly enough and that's disgusting to anybody with any sense of morality at all!!!

      June 8, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    That maniac's life is in his own hands.
    It always was, and he messed it up alone, independently of God's help.
    He said that planes and bombs are falling around him?

    June 8, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. the Laughing Prospector

    The only thing I know about Libya is, I like their canned beans. Ha ha ha...burp... ha ha ha...burp... ha ha ha...burp...

    June 8, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      I thought "Libya" was Arabic for a female body part.

      June 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    We need more American military bases. Let's set one up there in Libya. Then we are in a position to send more navy seals and kill more evil terrorists like OBL.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
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    June 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    It appears more & more like we & our European pals running away from our messed up economies & myriad problems facing us at home have nothing better to do.
    Lets start bombing Libya and then at least we would look busy. We would find some place else to bomb once this loses its shine.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    And Oh guys just stick it to those pests the muslim countries and no one at home would really care.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. leeintulsa

    How bout *this* time, we knock out the nuisance, saddam – DOH, I mean Mo, and say you're welcome and good luck and COME HOME?

    June 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Old Man Clark

    I bet that if anybody were to bomb France of Great Britain the way these creeps are currently bombing Libya,both the British and the French would turn into a bunch of bed-wetting crybabies like the Americans did after 9/11. I don't think that these worthless people would be quite so good at taking it as they're only to happy to dish it out to others!

    June 8, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar The Chorizo Champ of Chihuahua

    I eat sh!t all week.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    @ Old Man Clark
    well thats what these 'lethal toys' in the hands of arrogant nations do to them. Unfortunately we seem to be going the same way.
    Hope to God sanity prevails.

    June 9, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |