Gadhafi’s Illusion Trashed


Gadhafi slept in Bediuon tents.

An occasional attempt to add credence to his claims of living modestly while Libyans lived on the edge of survival during most of his 42-year reign.


Gadhafi’s sons, however, did not bother to paint such humble illusions. CNN examines the “hedonism” of Hannibal – Gadhafi’s fourth son – and the torture of his children’s nanny by his wife, Aline Skaf.


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Libyan Rebels Take Tripoli: Gadhafi Era Ends

libyans-celebrate-green-square-tripoliThe tide has turned in Libya.

As reported yesterday by CNN in a live blog, …”rebels fighting for control of Tripoli seized Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s vast compound. Celebratory gunfire was virtually nonstop as rebels streamed in and out of the compound, many leaving with weapons and ammunition seized from the complex.”

However, regime forces still retain control of the streets and Gadhafi himself released a message vowing “martyrdom or victory.” In spite of this, Al Jazeera reports that “…the head of Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) has announced the end of the Gaddafi era, and the UN chief calls for a smooth transition.”

Elated Libyans filled the streets, and crowded into Green Square in victory celebration. In Washington, D.C., citizens crowded Pennsylvania Avenue, celebrating in front of the White House, chanting, singing, thanking President Obama for this hard-won victory.


Photo (top): Alexandre Meneghini

Obama’s Libya Strategy Proves Naysayers Wrong


There is no shortage of criticism about President Obama’s actions.

If he chooses black, opposing factions cry white. If he chooses right, the opposition cries left.



As pointed out by political writer and commentator Chris Weigant, “Whatever Obama did, there were large numbers of both Republicans and Democrats quite willing to loudly second-guess him.”

Not the least of which being Representative Dennis Kucinich who, according to Weigant, “became the first member of Congress to call for President Obama to be impeached over the Libyan war.”

The fact is that President Barak Obama has inherited a no-win office.

However, one significant Obama decision is proving his critics wrong. And as it happens, it is the very same decision which prompted Kucinich to call for the  president’s impeachment.



What is your view about Obama’s Libya decision?


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