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Posted at 5:06 PM ET, 02/23/2011

U.S. lawmakers step up criticism of Libya's Gaddafi

By Felicia Sonmez

House and Senate lawmakers on Wednesday continued their criticism of Moammar Gaddafi as international pressure has mounted on the Libyan leader to end his government's violent crackdown that has left an estimated 300 civilians dead.

Below are the latest reactions from U.S. lawmakers:

House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Howard Berman (D-Calif.): "With the brutal response to protesters and threats of further violence, Colonel Qadhafi and his regime have forfeited whatever shreds of legitimacy they had. The international community should consider all measures to end the carnage, including the possible establishment of a no-fly zone to protect Libyan citizens. Additionally, whatever assets Qadhafi and his henchmen have in the United States should be frozen immediately, and all other nations should take the same action. I commend the brave Libyan diplomats, such as the ambassador to the United States, who have broken with the regime and called for Qadhafi to quit. I urge the leadership of the armed forces to do likewise and spare themselves and their troops the prospect of future indictment as war criminals. I look forward to a successor regime that demonstrates that Libya is united, democratic, and moderate."

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, responding to reports that Gaddafi "may have directly ordered the Lockerbie bombing in 1988": "Muammar Gadhafi is a terrorist -- plain and simple. Today's report, if correct, affirms that fact. What's more, his personal involvement in the Pan Am bombing would not be a surprise, but rather confirms his defective character. It explains his personal advocacy for the release of convicted bomber Abdulbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi - to ensure that he would not confess Gahdafi's role in the bombing."

Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott (Wash.), Mike Honda (Calif.), Jim McGovern (Mass.) and Keith Ellison (Minn.), in a joint statement: "The violence in Libya is unconscionable and the international community must unite in opposition to this brute use of force against non-violent protesters. Yesterday's speech by embattled Moammar Gadhafi reinforces the fact that he is willing to cling to power through whatever means necessary. Calling himself a 'martyr' and deploying machine guns and snipers against civilian protesters are the clearest signs yet of Gadhafi's unwillingness to accept the Libyan people's demands and their exercise of basic rights. We agree with Libya's deputy UN ambassador's call for an internationally enforced no-fly zone to be established over the country to prevent Gadhafi from using his air force against protesters. We strongly condemn the unlawful killing of hundreds of civilians in Tripoli and the use of mercenaries to intimidate and control the population, and we call on the Libyan military to stop immediately its unlawful and immoral crackdown against the people of Libya."

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 23, 2011; 5:06 PM ET
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Comments

ႊ့It is hard to solve a country's internal problem by US Lawmakers or Obama's pressure.Even the US Lawmakers or president of US can't stop the unrest Iraq and its nation wide killing fields and found that after Saddam Hussein the Iraq is heading to the worst since ever before in history and the Iraqi people are suffering worst than Saddam's tenure of office.



Posted by: BellaLiberty | February 26, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Lawmakers wouldn't make a fuss over 1% of the world oil production.

Posted by: rolandberger | February 24, 2011 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Well, I'm sure Obama's strong words and fine speeches will hurt poor Kaddafi's feelings as he slaughters his own people in a genocide.

Or is that Wimpbama?

Posted by: cybervigilante | February 23, 2011 8:59 PM | Report abuse

How quickly we forget that Obama has renounced unilateral American intervention as part of his campaign to restore America's image abroad.Remember all those pictures of Obama bowing to the satraps of the Middle East. Or maybe he is conducting a three-month policy review like the Afghanistan five finger exercise.
Or maybe, just ,maybe, he is feckless.

Posted by: omoore1 | February 23, 2011 8:27 PM | Report abuse

How quickly we forget that Obama has renounced unilateral American intervention as part of his campaign to restore America's image abroad.Remember all those pictures of Obama bowing to the satraps of the Middle East. Or maybe he is conducting a three-month policy review like the Afghanistan five finger exercise.
Or maybe, just ,maybe, he is feckless.

Posted by: omoore1 | February 23, 2011 8:27 PM | Report abuse

How quickly we forget that Obama has renounced unilateral American intervention as part of his campaign to restore America's image abroad.Remember all those pictures of Obama bowing to the satraps of the Middle East. Or maybe he is conducting a three-month policy review like the Afghanistan five finger exercise.
Or maybe, just ,maybe, he is feckless.

Posted by: omoore1 | February 23, 2011 8:27 PM | Report abuse

How quickly we forget that Obama has renounced unilateral American intervention as part of his campaign to restore America's image abroad.Remember all those pictures of Obama bowing to the satraps of the Middle East. Or maybe he is conducting a three-month policy review like the Afghanistan five finger exercise.
Or maybe, just ,maybe, he is feckless.

Posted by: omoore1 | February 23, 2011 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Gadafi will be dead by the end of the week.
Tick. Tock.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | February 23, 2011 6:34 PM | Report abuse

How nice of Obama...that nut case is killing his own people..and Obama is preparing a statement....yep...our pres with ba**s of mush. Wonder what will happen when the revolt begins here..will Obama have our troops shoot us? This country has had its fill also...it will happen for sure...but then what?

Posted by: tsoitawodi4u | February 23, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Time for ghadaffi to pay for lockerbee, send in the troops and take him out dead or alive.If alive put him on trial the day he is captured and hang him the next day.

Posted by: paulohearnsr | February 23, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Oooh! Yessiree! Let's step up that criticism! That'll show Qaddafi! (Give me a BREAK!

Posted by: ArtOhio | February 23, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

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