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August 21, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
The fall of the Kadafi regime is a victory for Libya, the Middle East and the world, said U.S. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who had been strong advocates for U.S. military intervention in the months-long conflict. "Americans can be proud of the role our country has played in helping to defeat Kadafi," the senators said in a statement released late Sunday night.  "But we regret that this success was so long in coming due to the failure of the United States to employ the full weight of our airpower.
March 18, 2011 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- John R. Bolton, the former ambassador to the United Nations who is weighing a presidential run in 2012, accused President Obama on Friday of failing to address threats to U.S. national security and called the administration's approach to the crisis in Libya "pathetic. " Hours after the president warned that the United Nations was ready to launch a military strike to defend the Libyan people if their leader Moammar Kadafi did not halt his attacks on civilians and pull back from the rebel stronghold of Benghazi and three other cities, Bolton cast the president as indecisive, inconsistent and uninterested in foreign policy.
August 31, 1986 | From the Washington Post
Maj. Abdel-Salam Jalloud, Libya's second in command, challenged the Reagan Administration on Saturday to furnish details on planned Libyan terrorist action so that Libya can "abort such attacks and apprehend the individuals" to avoid a confrontation with the United States. Though generally conciliatory in tone, Jalloud's comments to a group of journalists were punctuated with defiance along with vows to drag Europe into any battle if Libya is attacked.
August 22, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. weighed in on the crumbling of the Kadafi regime in Libya.  FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article and its headline incorrectly said that Moammar Kadafi's regime has fallen. Kadafi has not given up power. Rick Perry: "The crumbling of Muammar Ghadafi's reign, a violent, repressive dictatorship with a history of terrorism, is cause for cautious celebration. The lasting impact of events in Libya will depend on ensuring rebel factions form a unified, civil government that guarantees personal freedoms, and builds a new relationship with the West where we are allies instead of adversaries.
May 25, 2011 | By Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
President Obama on Wednesday promised a relentless fight to help the people of Libya but reminded a European audience that there are limits to what the United States will do to help. After a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama spoke of "inherent limits" on the U.S. airstrike operation, and emphasized the importance of the Libyan people fighting for their own liberty. "We will not relent until the people of Libya are protected and the shadow of tyranny is lifted," Obama told a gathering of the British Parliament on Wednesday afternoon.
September 2, 2003 | Megan K. Stack and Paul Richter, Times Staff Writers
In another bid by Libya to buy its way out from under U.N. sanctions, a Libyan charity on Monday offered to increase payments to the families of those killed when a French airplane exploded over the Niger desert in 1989. The unspecified cash settlements were likely to mollify France and could clear the path for the lifting of international sanctions.
May 6, 1986 | ELEANOR CLIFT and DOYLE MCMANUS, Times Staff Writers
President Reagan and French President Francois Mitterrand went to unusual lengths today to patch up their relationship, which has been especially strained since France refused to allow American F-111 warplanes to fly through its airspace on their way to last month's bombing raid of Libya. "Let this be the first day of the rest of our lives," Reagan told Mitterrand in a private meeting at the residence of U.S. ambassador to Japan Mike Mansfield.
February 23, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON ? In his first public comments on the Libyan crisis, President Obama said Wednesday his administration is preparing "the full range of options" to respond and condemned the government's "outrageous and unacceptable" suppression of its citizens' rights. Without offering specific details, Obama said the United States would study "accountability measures" it might take unilaterally or in cooperation with allies and multinational organizations. Obama said the actions of the Libyan government "violate international norms and every standard of common decency," and called for violence to stop immediately.
February 22, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
President Obama brought his vision for America's economic recovery to Cleveland on Tuesday, bringing along several members of his Cabinet for a forum on small business. "Small businesses like yours help drive America's economic growth," Obama told an assembly of about 140 people at Cleveland State University. "They're the cornerstones of America's progress. " But what the president said Tuesday may have been eclipsed by what he did not talk about. He offered no remarks on the unrest and violence in Libya or the rest of the Middle East.
March 18, 2011 | By Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
President Obama said Friday the U.S. and its allies were ready to launch a military action against Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi if he didn't immediately stop all attacks on civilians in his country and pull back his troops from the rebel stronghold of Benghazi and three other cities. In a message of warning aimed directly at the Libyan leader, Obama said the United Nations was ready to act if Kadafi didn't restore electricity and gas to those cities and clear the way for humanitarian assistance.
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