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March 3rd, 2011
08:59 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Drug Claims & the Call for Dignity in Libya

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

President Obama says it's time for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to go.

"The violence must stop," he said today at a White House news conference. "The aspirations of the Libyan people for freedom, democracy and dignity must be met."

But Gadhafi isn't give up; and there is no dignity or freedom for the protesters. The Libyan military bombed two towns in the east again today, as they try to regain ground lost to opposition forces. The Libyan Air Force targeted Ajdabiya and al-Berga, for a second day in a row.

President Obama says the United States is examining a "full range of options" in Libya. He talked about a "danger of a stalemate that over time could be bloody."

While the U.S. reviews options it is already committing military planes to airlift foreign workers who fled the fighting in Libya to neighboring Tunisia.

Meanwhile, today Libyan authorities showed off what they say was a massive shipment of pills they intercepted. They say the drugs originated in Dubai and were bought by a Libyan dealer with ties to al Qaeda.

You may recall, for weeks, Gadhafi and his son have claimed al-Qaeda militants are "exploiting" teenagers, giving them "hallucinogenic pills in their coffee with milk, like Nescafe." Yet it was pain pills that were found today, not hallucinatory drugs. We're Keeping Them Honest.

Anderson asked a government spokesman about the claim last night and it was an interesting exchange. We'll replay it for you tonight and dig deeper into this latest twist from the regime.

Last week on Twitter, U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley took issue with what he called Gadhafi's "hardly sober claim that protesters are on drugs." Crowley said "the people of Libya are clear-eyed in their demand for change."

We're also digging into the opposition. Just who are they? What future do they want for Libya? All questions we'll answer tonight on AC360°.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Norma Green

    I want to thank Anderson Cooper, the Professor, and all those involved in reporting the crisis in Libya. You all are doing a wonderful job!Love the Professor's take on all of this and hope his advise and expertise is taken into account to help these poor people. After all, they are fighting with sticks and rocks against a mad man. Keep up the great work!!!

    March 3, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  2. Zizi

    The attention that Libya has right now is because Libyan American asked for it. They protest every day front of The White House chanting Obama you should know Gadaffi must go. Gadaffi has been and still using the army and heavy wepons to kill un armed protesters and these protesters only asking for thier freedom.

    March 3, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  3. Durand

    I am an American citizen, born in Nashville, Tn. and the arrogance that we have concerns me. We don't fully understand the cultural landscape that's causing tension. To ignore implications made by The Lybian Government is naive of us. Focus on issues right here at home that are just as horrifying, instead of being so civilized that we impose our ideals and policies on other nations.

    March 3, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  4. Bob

    The best way to fight terrorism in the middle east is through democracy, economic growth, equal income distribution, etc. The rationale is that the middle east man is not likely to become a terrorist, if he has a job, education, health care, a family, etc... That's akin to the American Dream...

    March 3, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  5. Bob

    The Egyptians will have to step up and provide the air strikes against gadhafi... The Egyptians will also have to provide the weapons against gadhafi... The United States and Europe will only act, when the body count reaches 100,000 or 200,000 dead... When the body count reached 200,000 dead muslins in Bosnia, that's when the United States and Europe decided to have air strikes against milosevich and end the war...
    Ideally, the Libyan protesters will fight in the ground... The Egyptians will provide air strikes against gadhafi... The Egyptians will provide weapons against gadhafi... And the Americans will provide the intelligence...
    If all of that comes together gadhafi will fall....

    March 3, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  6. K Nzou

    With all the attention on getting rid of this mad man Kafaffi, don't forget there are many more of us living under dictators doing the same thing everyday to their people. Our leader, Robert Mugabe is doing the same day and arresting and torturing people each day to make sure that no one even thinks about an uprising here. The world sits by and does nothing to get rid of these dictators.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  7. Annie Kate

    The fighting does need to stop in Libya and Gadhafi needs to step down, but why is the US getting so involved and outspoken over Libya when there has been and still exists rebellion and unrest and genocide in the Congo, in Somalia, and in the Sudan and the US has not tried to stop that. Is the difference oil? If so, shame on us. We should stand up for human rights, dignity, and liberty in all countries and not just those that we need something from.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:37 pm |