NATO official: Gadhafi a legitimate target
Col. Moammar Gadhafi has been fighting a rebel uprising in Libya for months.
June 9th, 2011
10:07 PM ET

NATO official: Gadhafi a legitimate target

A U.N. resolution justifies the targeting of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, a senior NATO military official with operational knowledge of the Libya mission told CNN Thursday.

NATO has been ramping up pressure on the regime, employing helicopters last weekend for the first time against Gadhafi's military vehicles, equipment and forces. Explosions are heard often in Tripoli, evidence of allied air strikes.

NATO began bombing Libya on March 31, under a U.N. mandate to protect civilians during the fighting between government forces and rebels who have seized most of eastern Libya.

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  1. Philip

    So he has a mom and a dad?

    June 9, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alan

    In what world is Gadhafi a legitimate target? We will absolutely GUARANTEE a decade-long civil war if we give his supporters a martyr like that.

    June 9, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texian

      Nowhere in the resolution does it state he can be assasinated. I supposed in the by any means protect civilians it could be interpreted as such but NATO already has interpreted the UN resolution to aiding the rebels only and not protecting civilians loyal to the government as the rebels kill them too when shooting rockets, mortars, and heavy machine guns into government held towns yet NATO does not attack the rebels when they do this.

      July 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    How Gadhafi came to be: he went to a military academy in England and learned the art of war. He returned to Libya and waited until the King had left the country (travelled to Turkey for surgury) and mounted a coup, installing himself as the infamous Colonel Gadhafi.. See? It pays to get educated.

    June 9, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sum Yung Gai

    I really don't know why we don't utilize targeted assassinations more often. Provided we take things being told to the public at face value and factual about some of these people. The US has a lot of responsibility for things being so bad. We pretty much armed many of these tyrants.

    June 9, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frangible

      The US, such an early supporter of Gadhafi.

      Seriously liberals, try paying attention in history class instead of smoking so much weed. Speaking of which, you are aware that hitting the bong isn't carbon-neutral, right?

      June 10, 2011 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    The problem is reliable information. We need a very reliable person willing to give his life instead of defecting away.

    We see who cares about the libyan people. Any able bodied refugee should be involved.

    June 9, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

    Good. Maybe after they take him out the gas prices might go down some.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    May god have mercy on this mans soul after palin is elected she is the reincarnate of reagon for when reagon was in office a harrier jet hovered down and took out gadhafis kid well after palin gets in she will use drones and gadhafi will turn into a camel fart

    June 10, 2011 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. The Fonze


    June 10, 2011 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. The Fonze


    June 10, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat2u

    I mean, like, how stupid are we ? Nobody knew Ghadafi was being targeted from the onset of this campaign ? Puuulleeeez !!!!!! NATO obviously kept that secret operation hidden from everyone fo a long time. I know it shocked me to find this out. (sarcasm intended )

    June 10, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. George Patton

    Since when did the wanton murders of heads of state become legal? When cold blooded murder becomes a part of foreign policy,something is terribly wrong here in spite of all the right-wing drivel to sugar coat it. Barack Obama soarly needs to be indicted and prosecuted in an international war crimes tribunal and be locked up for life!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mark

    Gaddafi has been the legitmate representative of the Libyan people for thirty years and the armed attack on their country by NATO is an international crime. Gaddafi supplied excellent and free schooling, (Libyans under him are 90 % literate), free schooling, free doctor and hospital care free housing, and engineered an agriculture in the desert. NATO and the US on the other hand are supplying armed Al Qaeda rebels and deigning who should run a sovereign state with bombs that have killed over 700 civlians and with prohibited weapons such as cluster bombs and depleted uranium. 850 tribes and 90% of Libyans actually support Gaddaffi, are these the people NATO will bomb? 6.5 million people? Most of the US weaponry pouring into the chaos the US has created in Libya is being acquired by Al Qaeda's North African branch. "Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb" has organized regular convoys to truck NATO weapons from Libya across Niger to its bases in the northern Mali desert. Many of these rebels openly say they have returned from planting IEDs. Now NATO has announced it will donate over a billion of taxpayers money to these Saudi Al Qaeda backed rebels. thousands of deaths" in Libya before the intervention is an outright lie. As usual there's a flood of false mass media assisted propaganda of NATO countries to justify their illegal invasion of Libya.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Devin

      Then go live in Libya. You'll be very happy there, I'm sure.

      June 10, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • rightospeak

      Right on. The propaganda machine thinks that we are dumb.

      June 11, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    @ Mark
    right on the mark.
    Most Americans are not even aware of the facts and reality on the ground.
    This 2 million dollars a day misadventure is ill advised. Our ivolvement in a region which according to DOD is low in signficance for our strategic & nationaql security concerns, is foolish.
    When this country is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and there are whispers of our defaulting on our foreign debt, this is hardly the time to get bogged down in another Iraq or Afghanistan.

    June 11, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joseph Zrnchik, MAJ (Ret.)

    NATO Making Libya a Failed State

    June 12, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |