February 21st, 2011
10:51 AM ET

White House monitors Libya

It's Presidents' Day, and while President Obama has no public events on his schedule, according to a senior administration official, the president and his staff will be monitoring events in the Middle East as they unfold.

The official said the president was briefed by National Security Advisor Tom Donilon last night following the speech from the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, and is being "kept up to speed" on events today.

The White House is analyzing Saif al-Islam Gadhafi’s speech to "see what possibilities it contains for meaningful reform," and is reaching out to senior Libyan officials to continue to urge the government to avoid violence against peaceful protesters.

According to the Administration, they are "considering all appropriate actions."

Topics: President Obama • The News

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Youssif Shanshiry

    Since Qaddafi is using the Libyan air force to bomb his people. I suggest the United States immediately declares Libyan airspace a no fly zone to stop this ongoing murderous action. Such a courageous move will win the respect, goodwill and and friendship of the Libyan people and return many strategic benefits for the United states. Not only in Libya, but throughout the 2 Billion Muslim and Arab populations.

    February 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  2. Shehaab el Qarubi

    CONFIRMED: Ghadafi has put the Major Military Generals under house arrest (ordered by Ghadafi himself) after their resignation. Col. Abu Bakr Younis Jaber, Col. Mustafa al-Kharroubi, Maj. Khoueldi al-Hmaidi are all in the support of the people.

    February 22, 2011 at 3:55 am |
  3. joe bentley

    Im in Europe the world needs stop this!.

    February 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  4. Oxen

    Everything needs to be done to kick this man out of power. Statements to condemn are not enough from the west. Deterrent ships with missiles to take down any planes bombing civilian after a no fly zone is imposed should be sent by those who have them. No country deserves such a mindless leader

    February 22, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  5. Tareg bin yusuf

    Lieutenant General Mustafa al-Kharroubi remains under house arrest, he is supervised and monitored in all actions. He supports the Libyan people and rejects the Government stance and the use of violence.

    March 30, 2011 at 6:22 am |
  6. moosa abdulrazag

    General Mustafa al-Kharroubi is one viable alternative to this state of civil war and fighting, he is capable, respected and can unite both the NTC and the current regime (once Ghadaffi is gone) in an interm period which can bring stability to Libya. The longer this goes and the longer Ghadaffi stays in power the more bloodshed there will be. Libya needs change though calculated, measured transition, not war.

    April 28, 2011 at 5:18 am |
  7. Ahmed Silini

    Abubaker Yunis, Mustafa al-Kharroubi, and a few others from the current regime, who are respected in Tripoli and most of Libya must help in a transition period. They will bring stability and recognition. This needs Gadaffi to be out of the picture, and once he is, everything can be resolved. It is important that those that have murdered, and that those that stole be held accountable. AND Gadaffi must GO!

    April 28, 2011 at 6:08 am |
  8. John kiriner

    Libya has now succeeded in removing Ghadaffi from power. The next step is to have an all inclusive NTC that takes into account people that have been loyal to Libya. To avoid mistakes made in Iraq, Libya needs to have an all inclusive national dialogue, and keep the figures of the old regime, provided they have not stolen nor killed. A new Libya must be based on bring all inclusive to all the regions and areas of Libya. Do not let people from one area dominate or monopolize decision making.

    August 29, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  9. Idris Mabrouk

    Mustapha Kharroubi / Kharubi should be included in the transition period. He is a necessary part of the transition process. He will be able to help the transitionary council return the Military into a unified Libyan military, after Gadaffi and his sons, dismantled the military in the 1990s from theri fear of coups or military uprisings. He also has a lagre backing from many throughout Libya. Now Libya needs a military and needs police as quickly as possible. Too many people with arms and weapons roaming the streets.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:59 am |
  10. Omran Said

    I think Mustapha Karroubi could be part of the new national leadership but Dr. Magarief, Sahad, and other opposition leaders consider him part of Gaddafi inspite of his long ago disagreement with the tyrant. The National Salvation Front leaders should be wise in holding him accountable for 42yrs of Gaddafi's rule! They should listen to his justifications for the continual appearance with Gaddafi. The man has a lot to say. I hope he is given the chance to talk to all Libyans.

    August 15, 2012 at 8:11 am |