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It appears force regime change is coming -- -- had.
Overnight Libyan leader colonel Qaddafi compound came under NATO attack again just hours after -- made a rare live TV for four appearance.
And get this tomorrow the Libyan opposition leaders will meet with White House officials and members of congress.
This as America's bill for this operation is now at three quarters of a billion dollars.
Joining me now I'm a little innocent farm policy analyst at the Cato Institute hello welcome back to freedom watch.
-- -- -- judge is it now the policy of the United States government the colonel Qaddafi should be killed just as it was.
Policy of the United States government that Osama bin Laden should be killed.
It appears to be that way -- I mean we've not only attack this compound we've killed one of his sons we've killed one of his grandchildren.
We repeatedly attack his -- -- and -- we've seen it's gone simply from protecting civilians to now sort of morphing into a broader policy.
Of staking a claim in what is essentially a civil war North Africa.
And now we're sort of a looking toward.
Any sort of feasible and game -- negotiated settlement as you mentioned a what this gentleman -- their grill and the sort of national reconciliation council or whatever it is.
But this isn't a gentleman who is part of Qaddafi is inner circle there in 1990s -- he's a western educated elite he -- up.
He's -- -- before we get into a Gibril a question about the media why is Libya off the front pages.
Why isn't the most Americans have forgot that there -- boots on the ground and and and pilots in the air dropping bombs to the earth.
Bulls certainly -- deaths of al-Qaeda leaders on the -- -- all of the oxygen out of the room for the past week and a half.
And I think also goes to show that -- is not a critical existential threat to the United States we weren't attacked by Libya.
We have very limited interest in the region if we -- any at all most of those European interest.
And the fact that we have to sort of still was -- the American public just shows how unimportant that that that's -- -- -- Why do you think the congress is laying back and doing nothing -- remember when the president attacked Libya he was in Brazil.
And the congress is on spring break that was two months ago that had plenty of opportunity to say.
We're gonna have a debate on Libya will decide whether or not you're gonna go to war -- what we decide that because that's what the constitution says.
Is absolutely it serves at a -- congress essentially does not have a backbone even when it comes to the issue of Iraq whether it's Afghanistan where there's Libya and now recently Pakistan.
You see many lawmakers simply falling in line with the administration's agenda and that essentially allows for expansive executive powers when it comes to.
A war all right.
The government announced today the White House announced today you started talk about this guy.
That's some of the Libyan opposition people will be coming to the White House to meet with Tom -- on one of the president's senior national security advisors.
Might the White House itself be violating federal law.
But giving material assistance to terrorists -- members have terrorist organizations.
Or stated differently how the -- does the White House know even know who -- -- reading -- That's a fantastic questioning you're absolutely right -- really don't know whether this falls within the mandate.
Of not only that the sanctions that we've imposed.
But also the -- broader UN mandate certainly the notion is to protect civilians but I mean a former members of the Qaddafi regime the technocrats and military officials senior executives.
-- -- part of this inner circle and now all of a sudden we're and freezing those assets and giving them back to those people.
This sort of shows -- -- right hand doesn't know the left hand is doing it in many respects.
And is -- shows a broader problem of intervening in what is essentially -- foreign foreign affairs and foreign.
-- -- the political developments of foreign nations like.
And it just a couple of years ago I think in 2006.
That then President Bush and then British prime minister Tony Blair.
Publicly stated that their colonel Qaddafi was a partner with the west in the war on terror to do do we risk or.
Has the administration even fought publicly about what will happen if Qaddafi does go.
And what the policies and attitudes will be of the government that does replace him.
Absolutely we don't know if this council that the White House -- to meet with tomorrow whether they represent the interest of all the Libyan people much less even the eastern rebels and they definitely don't even know who they are.
But also I think that we need to think beyond -- in terms of you know -- Qaddafi he relinquished his nuclear program.
What does this signal to the Iran -- what as a signal to the north Koreans that shows you should pursue the nuclear option because America will invade you.
Right -- and sent the pleasure thank you for joining us thank you so much.
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