Tuesday, March 15, 2011


President Obama repeated his statement today that the United States and its allies will "tighten the noose" around Moammar Gadhafi's neck, while one of those allies -- Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen of Denmark -- offered a different metaphorical fate for the Libyan leader.

"He should be history," Rasmussen said.

First, Obama spoke about Gadhafi:

Prime Minister Rasmussen has been a leader in Europe in making sure that we applied tough sanctions against the Gadhafi regime in Libya.

We both share the view that Mr. Gadhafi has lost legitimacy and he needs to leave, and that we as an international community have to speak firmly against any violence that's directed at civilians; that we have to make sure to provide humanitarian assistance, both inside of Libya as well as along the border regions where so many people have left; and that it's going to be very important for us to look at a wide range of options that continue to tighten the noose around Mr. Gadhafi and apply additional pressure.

And so we will be continuing to coordinate closely both through NATO as well as the United Nations ... to look at every single option that's available to us in bringing about a better outcome for the Libyan people.

Rasmussen said:

We condemn the violent repression to the Libyan people. European leaders gathered last Friday sent a very strong signal to Gadhafi. He should be history. He has lost his legitimacy, as you just mentioned. And I think it's important that the international society examine all options to protect the Libyan people.

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