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February 21st, 2011
11:24 PM ET
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Mike P

    So with that I'll add that since there is so much of a crackdown on media coverage, if this just happens to 'blow over', would it not be a good idea to take a census, for the 'libyian goevrnments sake'. Oh wow did'nt you have like 2 1/2 million more people?

    February 22, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  2. Mike P

    It looks to me like he just doesn'st get it, or is too scred to admit as much. I mean there's nothing that the guy can say right? They're gunning down the protesters, not only that, possibly burning air force pilots alive who defected because they got orders to bomb the protesters?

    What scares me is there is still planes, so they burned up the pilots, these guys seem to want it bad enough that they will find somebody to fly em. Hav'nt really heard anything comforting come from the powers that be in Libya, unless you think rivers of blood is peaceful...

    And what might be even scarier is that the U.S. seems not to want to stand up and condemn these actions without a collective 'approval' with other countrys. And actually, I think P.J. Crowley added today that we were focusing on letting Libya handling it internally, by letting the government take care of it.

    February 22, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  3. Mia

    Great work Anderson! The right questions were asked. As a good journalist you succeed in putting pressure to the ambassador without being rude. I am impressed with the coverage you offer on the Mid East issues.

    February 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  4. Eric

    To the People of Libya I support you:
    This day the world declared to you in one voice: "You will not go quietly into the night! You will not vanish without a fight! You are going to live on! You will survive! Today you fight to celebrate your Independence."

    February 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  5. ids

    I liked that Anderson Cooper put the Libyan ambassador on the spot with his questioning.
    However, I wish he'd be as tough with the parade of US politicians who appear on the show and get away with saying whatever they want, what in some cases are outright falsehoods.
    I also find that most 'strategists' appearing on the show are questioned so that they can just disseminate their 'talking points,' which adds no value to the discourse on the topic at hand.
    I wish we could get back to presenting national news in the same way as international news and away from the 'conflict' model, which is seemingly applied to national events.

    February 22, 2011 at 2:00 am |
  6. David Dancy

    The was simply protecting his and his family's life with his ambigous and subtle inferences. He is on a tightrope akin to the gallows, a fluid situation that puts evryone in his life in jeopardy- kudos to the excellent fence sraddling rhetoric he used in response to Anderson's denouncement death queries.
    The common theme was his numerous references to the people; and wisely, esoterically he referred first to the Wise people of Libya to rstore order.We all know there Exist an elite class in every Dynastic Order. At the core is old alliances and drugs, oil and terror...remember we sent a drone and killed his wife and kids already...Leverage...he has...hmmmmmmmm

    February 22, 2011 at 1:49 am |
  7. Ibrahim Sheriff

    Anderson, the evil that men do lives after them. Gadhafi trained and financed the RUF rebels who killed and maimed thousands of Sierra Leoneans in West Africa, my home country – a war which forced me and my family to become refugees in other countries. Innocent people did not only suffer and die, but they died painfully, disgracefully, and brutally. The same brutality and inhumane treatment Gadhafi is now giving the Libyan people. I knew this period was coming for him to be disgraced and dethroned by the people of Libya. He must not only be forced to quit leadership of Libya, but he must be tried for all the atrocities he has committed and continues to commit against the peoples of Libya and other countries.

    February 22, 2011 at 1:46 am |
  8. Norman Amrich

    Your interview hit several important points, but the Libyan ambassador reminds me of Tariq Aziz, former Iraqi ambassador, who later showed up in his country during the Gulf War as some high-ranking military person. Both were full of nothing.

    The US has for years supported governments which later became a regret. Unfortunately, the US has also made promises to oppressed people and not held true to them. THIS is a good time to combine with allies and let the people of the countries in turmoil know that they respect and support their effort.

    Note that none of the people rebelling have asked for anyone's intervention; they want control of their respective countries and lives. Just knowing that the world around them thinks they're doing right is enough to give the impetus to continue in their efforts.

    February 22, 2011 at 1:38 am |
  9. Ibrahim Sheriff

    From all indications as gathered from the Ambassador's speech on the Libyan issue, he is playing double standards. He is seen as one of those Libyan opportunists who kissed up to Gadhafi even though he was brutalizing and murdering their people. He seems to be confused over what he says about a man he is certain will kill him should he emerge victorious out of this uprising. On the other hand, he seems to be siding with the people deceitfully should the people triumph. The Ambassador is not honest and straight with the people of Libya. He is a pro-Gadhafi.

    February 22, 2011 at 1:37 am |
  10. David Dancy

    He was simply protecting his and his families life with hies ambigous and subtle inferences. the common them was his reference to the people; and wisely, esoterically he referred first to the wise people of Libya to rstore order. At the core is old alliances and drugs, oil and terror...remember we sent a drone and killed his wife and kids already...Leverage...he has...hmmmmmmmm.

    February 22, 2011 at 1:33 am |
  11. Mona

    My comment is simple .. its called "FEAR".

    February 21, 2011 at 11:37 pm |