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March 7th, 2011
09:46 PM ET

Battle For Libya Intensifies: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight the war in Libya is intensifying, as the United States considers military action in Libya. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi continues to claim victories that do not yet exist. We're Keeping Them Honest.  Plus, new disturbing images from Egypt, alleging proof of torture during Hosni Mubarak's regime.

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  1. Cessy - Chicago

    charlie sheen on winning: what exactly does he think he's winning from? if the only battle is in his head, then yeah, i guess in a delusional mind, it is winning.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Emily,
    I agree.Very sad indeed.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  3. Nina

    Charlie and Qaddafi have a lot in common. They both are psychopaths with a delusion of grandeur disorder.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  4. Lori

    Libyans have to continue the fight for their freedom.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  5. Emily

    That was a very good point that was made...that the parents of the youth in Egypt are very proud of them, and that it's not a hostile change.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  6. Kate

    John Kerry and John McCain are totally wrong, we are not the Super Hero of our planet. The UN and other countries also have a moral responsibility. Any one who doesn't carefully consider and are sure of what the mission is and have a defined goal – should absolutely not do anything drastic before these are established. I firmly believe our President is being wise in his handling of this – not just reacting to pressures of the situation to get involved. I am not deaf and blind – the suffering in Libya is heartbreaking. But we need to support our President and realize he has a responsibility far greater than any of us.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  7. Janis

    I think Egypt is doing just fine. It's going to be very interesting watching Egypt create their future. They are going to fight amongst each other – that's normal – just no physical violence – hopefully. Everybody listen to each other – the grievances and solutions will shape your future Constituion. So exciting for you.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  8. Emily

    Those videos from Egypt were very disturbing.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  9. Sandra

    @Carrie, Italy will be the last European country to step forward. They have a long history of colonization in Libya follwed by an attempt at "compensation," & now the 2 countries have many conjoint business ventures. They have purposely drug their feet on this one as a result.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  10. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Cessy – Chicago
    unbelievable video! they shredded things to cover things up!

    Cessy......
    YES! I agree, I don't believe either too..probably have cover thing up, they don't want us know that video.......

    March 7, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  11. Nina

    Jo Ann, Ohio
    I don't care if Qaddafi wins. I just do not want to see genocide of his people at the hands of Qaddafi!

    March 7, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  12. Chass

    Hii Anderson, don't u think they need America to come in , in Libya ?

    March 7, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  13. Lori

    I really wish the best for these people. They have a lot of work to do.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  14. John Capeci

    Mr. President- I know you are better informed than I>>>>>>but what are we waiting for? the Pan AM bombing is out? let these autocrats fall- How can you let our credibility go out the window? I thought you were a true leadre

    March 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  15. Nina

    Mark
    This will leave the US/NATO only two options, fully engage in a war or stand by while he slaughters his own people, either way it looks bad for the US.

    Unfortunately, I completely agree. It is like playing a chess game with Qaddafi. One must wonder exactly how crazy is he actually? What many people forget is that psychopaths are usually very bright!

    March 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  16. Emily

    @Megan
    "They can't bring some food or medicine to Libya right now."
    That is really sad that not even food or medicine can get into even part of Libya. There are now two Libya's and one seems to have more access than the other.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  17. Heather - Spokane, WA

    The news about the secret police offices does not surprise me. I have no doubt that there were other things that were going on that not everyone knew about and now that the regime of Mubarak is no more, they are trying to get rid of everything before people find out what really went on behind closed doors

    March 7, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  18. Janis

    @Emily – Hello. I agree with you. Just want somebody to help them.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  19. fathi

    The Libyan Council is composed of mostly Judges, Lawyers, and freedom advocates. These are temp figures as this is a provisonal entity.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  20. Kaytee

    Just wondering if the Professor is telling any other countries that their leaders should do something. Why just the USA? This is not our fight, this is a civil war that needs to be won by the people of Libya. We are involved in enough wars. But I do wish someone would just take out that madman.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  21. Larry

    It the rebels should recruit men and women and have them fight Gadhaf. Our troop don't need to be send Libya. Let other countries fight Libya Government and coutries in region do the fighting. I already have son fighting in Afghanistan. If we go in their will move troops killed.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  22. Jimmy

    How about some discussion of Steven Hadley's specific proposal to air-drop medical supplies and ammunition and light arms and food into Benghazi and besieged city center further west? Would like to hear Professor Ajami to weigh in on this.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  23. Sharon Hastings

    I would bet that there are a number of covert actions being taken including arms to the rebels. I am in favor of anything that can help these people help themselves short of our active involvement in another war. David G. is always persuasive however.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  24. Steve

    Can't Obama get enough support from McCain, McConnell, Lindsey Graham, etc. to do something more to keep Gaddafi from killing people everyday in some of these key cities? Reagan sent Marines into Grenada, although that was a smaller problem, by far, than Libya, but arguably a lot less important. Can we land troops in spots temporarily, to break the encirclement of a city and leave armes inside the city with the resisting residents and then exit? That seems to be the schedule of the Gaddafi forces in some key spots.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  25. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Starr, formerly known as vincent, "The best i am hoping for now is that covert actions are happening and will be successful."

    I also agree with David Gergen comments. I don't want the U.S. involved in another war, but you are right, we can't let Gaddafi win.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  26. Cessy - Chicago

    unbelievable video! they shredded things to cover things up!

    March 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  27. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Emily – I have an idea. Let us take some of the "frozen" funds $30 Billion and use it to help Lybia.
    It's their money.
    We could get plenty of food, water, medical supples, etc. to Everyone who needs it.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  28. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    "I have to agree with David Gergen."
    I think that he was spot on too. I wonder if the Obama Administration had taken their strong stand earlier, if the Libyan people would have been more open to intervention from the US? After all, it's the other side of the world, and they seemed to be waiting for them to help. I think that there are a number of them that still remember Reagan and when he tried to get rid of Qaddafi. I know that they don't want it now.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  29. Alfredo, San Diego, Ca.

    Mr. Anderson: I am a Chilean born American Citizen, who caught your reporting from the Atacama Dessert, during the Miner's Saga...and became hooked since then, to CNN; Before ..It was the BBC.
    Proffesor Fuad Ajimi... is absolutelly on target... when He calls Gadhafi a "Murderous Clown"; and I agree with you..That unless the West..(Nato and the USA).. does not extend a helping hand to the people in need; They won't be able to survive the array of weaponry that they are facing..and then this assasin, will become the "Poltergheist" of Lybia... returning to laugh to the Face of the West.. that stood still in fear of commitment to Democracy and empathy.. one more time.
    Hopefully Moammar has his coffin.. pinstriped.. with his name... like his depossed neighbour Moubarack.. and that the Heroes of the Libyan revolution.. put Him in it!!.
    Keep up the pressure.. it is the best You can do.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  30. Mark

    It seems to me as if Gadhafi is positioning his army and baiting the US/NATO to engage(taking out anti-aircraft installations) before it unleashes a full multi-dimensional attack. This will leave the US/NATO only two options, fully engage in a war or stand by while he slaughters his own people, either way it looks bad for the US.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  31. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Lori-'The Egyptians were much more peaceful'

    Its sad that Libya is not able to follow suit, Im sure the people there would be more happier if it went the same way

    March 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  32. Jimmy Onstott

    How about some discussion of Steven Hadley's specific proposal to air-drop medical supplies and ammunition and light arms into Benghazi and besieged city center further west? Would like Professor Ajami to weigh in on this. Or his voice being reduced?

    March 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  33. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Lori, "The Egyptians were much more peaceful."

    And Mubarak was supposedly our ally. Libya is no Egypt.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  34. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Anderson,
    I agree with your question, Good point.... That's so breaking my heart!!!!! And Professor Ajami also right... we can't do nothing help people.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  35. Krasi, Houston

    Who would've thought that the news about one delusional man losing a job can seem like a ray of light in the background of another delusional man who so many wish he could lose his job just about now...

    March 7, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  36. Janis

    We took a rish believing in Egypt and Tunisia.
    Now the going is tough for Libya and we talk risk, pirates – dragging out all the boogie men type things that have been used to scare us all for so long.

    Alot of people don't want to live in fear anymore. Alot of people want to live in a world where trust is important and grievances are heard and dealt with in a peaceful open manner.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  37. Carrie

    Hi Anderson,
    Again I disagree with the Professor again, he keep saying thet President Obama should do something, our President is very busy with this situation, and we don’t need to get involved we are in 2 wares already, and why not ask Italy they are next door?

    March 7, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  38. Lori

    Charlie Sheen should have cooled off before speaking out to the public. One can not expect good things to come from calling someone a troll.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  39. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    As usual I agreewith David G., it does make a difference if the US does not instigate someone to act! I know he wants it to be the USA, but i remain uncertain that we should be the front runner in this conflict.

    @Sharon H. – i appreciate your post re: No Fly Zone. It is War. However, i don't feel the West (including us) can stand by and let Gadhafi win.

    The best i am hoping for now is that covert actions are happening and will be successful.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  40. Nina

    If our weapons ended up in the wrong hands in Libya, we could create another Al Qaeda. I believe that is why Pres. Obama is waiting. I support fully Pres. Obama's decision to wait.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  41. Lori

    The Egyptians were much more peaceful.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  42. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I have to agree with David Gergen. Once the Obama administration took the strong stand that Gaddafi must go they have no other choice but to follow through.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  43. don

    Why are we even considering getting involved. These are rebels fighting the established government. It is a civil war that again we should stay out of. What would our government and military do if our people would revolt against the establishment. My god our military beat and killed Viet Nam war protestors. Wake up people, this country does not have a good record of deciding what side to be on, and we would be killed by our military if we revolted.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  44. Janis

    US or any other country does not have the right to take ownership of a people's will to overthrow unjust rule. I agree – Libya's freedom fighters own it and only them.

    They just need a help with leveling the playing field, medical supplies, food.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  45. Cessy - Chicago

    good question Anderson, we can;t just hand weapons to anyone! we already what that got us in the past!

    March 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  46. Joyce

    Listen to Ajami, he appears to know what he is talking about, in my opinion.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  47. Jay Keating

    It is very apparent that Moumar Gadafi is another one of the remaining Suppressive Dictators of the world, who needs to be "taken out", if not for anything else, his acts against humanity, that are already "Known". If we're not going to help arm the rebels or help with ground troops, then why doesn't the U.N. step in with a team to grab Gadafi and bring him to justice for his crimes of terror and against humanity. It is "known" where he is, its not like looking for Bin Ladin.....

    March 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  48. Krasi, Houston

    Actions should never be determined based on the theory of "what if the bad guy makes it." That reminds me of the ridiculous belief that we need to make nuclear weapons just in case the bad guys out there decide to make some too. As if us having nuclear weapons will deter a delusional and crazy person. Kadaffi will not survive. The only way he can survive is to kill every last person that opposes him. Ain't gonna happen.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  49. Nina

    Great Britain should take the lead... along with France, Germany and Italy. The US can also provide support.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  50. Mus

    I don't know what UN and Nato waiting to happen in this country to move and intervene. If Ghaddaffi has a nuclear bomb he will use it against his people.but it will be too late I think.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
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