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In an interview with 60 Minutes to air this Sunday, President Obama suggested that Mitt Romney acted too quickly in responding to the U.S. embassy in Cairo’s statement condemning an anti-Islam video, reports Politico.
“There’s a broader lesson to be learned here. Gov. Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later,” Obama told CBS News’s Steve Kroft in an interview that was actually scheduled before the four Americans were killed Tuesday at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
“As president, one of the things I’ve learned is you can’t do that,” Obama added. “It’s important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts and that you’ve thought through the ramifications before you make them.”
Asked if Romney’s remarks were irresponsible, Obama responded: “I’ll let the American people judge that.”
Read more about what President Obama had to say at EurWeb.com.
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One of our favorite artists of today, Janelle Monae, is set to perform at the 18th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert. And as if that wasn’t good enough soulful songtress Jill Scott will be performing as well with several other international musicians. The concert will take place on December 11th in Oslo, Norway.
This concert is exceptionally special in that this year’s Peace Prize will be awarded to three African women: Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee of Libya and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen.
The women will be recognized for their non-violent struggle in advocating for women’s rights and safety.
Libyan leader in hiding Moammar Gadhafi has a thing for former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Seems he’s head over heels for the sista. When Libyan rebels took control of Gadhafi’s compound, they found a photo album filled with pictures of Rice (or Leezza as Gadhafi called her). In a 2007 Al Jazeera interview, Gadhafi called Rice his “darling black African woman.”Some people like to point out that Rice never been married, but apparently she has international appeal. #passportonpimpin
Have you ever had a crush that got creepy? Do tell!
(Washington Post) — With the capital now almost completely under rebel control, the Libyan war’s focus is quickly shifting to an all-out manhunt for fugitive leader Moammar Gaddafi. Wild rumors flew around Tripoli on Wednesday: He’s holed up in a network of tunnels linking the Rixos hotel, his Bab al-Aziziya compound and the sea. He’s at his farm near the international airport. He’s hiding among the animals at the Tripoli Zoo, which is located in a park that lies between the compound and the hotel, an area still under loyalist control. Rebel fighters also said they were looking for Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam, who was last seen Monday at the Rixos, confounding rebel claims that he had been captured. Thejournalists who had been held at the hotelby Gaddafi loyalists, virtually as prisoners, were freed and driven to safety Wednesday by the International Committee of the Red Cross. In Benghazi, the rebel government announced a $1.7 million bounty along with amnesty for anyone who provided information leading to Gaddafi’s capture, raising the stakes in the race to find the man who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on a charge of crimes against humanity.
Reports are coming in from Libya’s capital city of Tripoli that the Gaddafi regime is on its last legs. While some loyal government soldiers are defending Gaddafi’s compound from attacks among other scattered skirmishes, it is only a matter of time before power in the country completely changes hands. Aided by NATO air strikes and the intervention of America and France, rebel forces made a final push into the capital on Sunday after successfully seizing control of several other major cities over the past few months.
Egypt has already recognized the National Transitional Council — the seat of the rebel government — as Libya’s “new regime,” according to The New York Times. All the world is waiting for is the capture of Gaddafi himself to seal the end of his claim on Libya. According to The Washington Post, “[T]wo of Gaddafi’s sons, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and Mohammed Gaddafi, are in the hands of the Libyan opposition” — and there are plans to try them for war crimes.
Despite this, rebel leaders will not consider their battle victorious until they capture the dictator himself. Gaddafi’s whereabouts remain unknown, although U.S. intelligence places him within Libyan borders.
It is not clear when Gaddafi will be captured, but Libyan communities around the world are already cheering the endgame of the freedom fighters. Emigres around the globe have total faith that the death blow is coming for Gaddafi’s 42-year reign. Aljazeera.net reports:
Celebrations have spilled over from Tripoli and Benghazi into cities around the world, as the Libyan diaspora gathered to celebrate the advance of opposition forces.
At least a hundred Libyans gathered outside the White House on Monday to celebrate the rebel’s assault on Tripoli, waving the country’s flag and chanting “Libya is free” and “Thank you, Obama”.
“Tonight for the first time in our lives we are very proud to be Libyan,” Rania Swadek, a 33-year-old Libyan-American, told the AFP news service. Swadek was waving a sign showing the red, black and green rebel flag with the words “Thank you, NATO! Thank you, Obama!”
The mother of two, who arrived in the US in 1984 with her brothers and sisters after receiving political asylum, also had kind words for France, which was among the first countries to call for international intervention in Libya.
Back in the States, President Obama has also voiced his support for the advancing revolutionary troops, who claim to control 95% of the capital. “President Obama said Libya is ‘slipping from the grasp of a tyrant’ and called on Khadafy to step down in order to avoid more carnage,” according to a Daily News Report.
The president added that, “The future of Libya is now in the hands of the Libyan people,” and vowed to support the new regime.
(Bloomberg) — Republicans in the House of Representatives will try today to restrict the U.S. military support President Barack Obama is giving the NATO-led bombardment of forces loyal to Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi. Frustrated by what they term Obama’s insufficient consultation with Congress over Libya, House Republicans scheduled a vote to limit U.S. forces to aerial refueling, reconnaissance and search and rescue missions to support the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s bombing campaign. The legislation will be debated along with a resolution that would formally support the mission for as long as a year under the 1973 War Powers Resolution — a measure that lawmakers and aides predicted would be defeated. “The president’s failure to consult with the Congress” and “to outline to the American people why we are doing this” put lawmakers “in a position to have to defend our responsibilities under the Constitution,” House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, told reporters yesterday.
(Christian Science Monitor) — The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor says there is evidence that Libyan leader Col.Muammar Qaddafi ordered the rape of hundreds of women to spread fear of his regime and curb dissent. ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo also said there is evidence that Colonel Qaddafi may have distributed Viagra-type drugs to his troops “to enhance the possibility to rape.” Although Qaddafi has suppressed dissent among Libyans for decades, often brutally, the use of rape as a weapon appears to be a disturbing new dynamic, said Mr. Moreno-Ocampo. “It was never the pattern he used to control the population. The rape is a new aspect of the repression. And that’s why we had doubts at the beginning but now we are more convinced,” he said, according to BBC News.
Former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney held back no punches when she blasted the U.S. during an interview on Libyan state TV over the weekend.
Interestingly, the station that she appeared on is loyal to Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi and video of pro-Gadhafi rallies was spliced in her interview. McKinney says she was invited to Libya by the “nongovernmental organization for fact-finding.” Gadhafi’s government has been urging the international community to send fact-finding teams to Libya to report on what’s happening on the ground, reports CNN.
“I think that it’s very important that people understand what is happening here,” said McKinney in the interview. “And it’s important that people all over the world see the truth. And that is why I am here…to understand the truth.”
McKinney stressed that war is not something the American people, especially African-Americans, support and that “the last thing we need to do is spend money on death, destruction and war.”
But that wasn’t all McKinney called the U.S. out on. She also blasted the Obama administration’s economic policies.
“Under the economic policies of the Obama administration, those who have the least are loosing the most. And those who have the most are getting even more,” she said.
While everyone is entitled to their opinion, in this delicate case, the former 2008 presidential candidate may not receive very much support from Americans on this one. Clearly, the Libyans are going to milk McKinney’s interview for all its worth to push anti-American sentiment and to make themselves look like the victim instead of the aggressor.
(Wall Street Journal) — U.S. Predator drones struck their first targets in Libya over the weekend, military officials said. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization said a Predator strike hit a multiple-rocket launcher near the Libyan city Misrata at 11:00 GMT on Saturday, or 7:00 a.m. Eastern time. The NATO announcement said multiple rocket-launcher systems have been used to attack civilians in Misrata. Capt. Darryn James, a Pentagon spokesman, disclosed the strike on Saturday but provided few details. NATO said Sunday that a second strike took place at 8:40 p.m. GMT Saturday. Although the U.S. had said it would step back from an offensive role in the Libya mission, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday the U.S. would provide two unmanned Predator drones around the clock to strike targets. The attack drones, which were requested by NATO, were a sign of how the alliance has struggled to make military advances against Libyan military forces. The drones, which can fly lower and stay in an area longer, are needed to hit targets that are close to civilians or inside dense urban areas. Defense officials hope that the Predators will help turn the tide in Libya, particularly in the city of Misrata, which rebels are fighting to control. However, the U.S. is providing only two Predators, each armed with two Hellfire missiles.