March 18th, 2011
09:17 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Gadhafi On Notice

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is on notice. Stop attacking civilians or the international community will take military action.

But the fighting goes on, according to eyewitnesses in Libya. The fighting reportedly continues even after the Libyan government said it imposed a ceasefire today.

This morning when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heard press reports of a ceasefire she had a tough message for the Libyan government.

"We are going to be not responsive or impressed by words. We would have to see actions on the ground and that is not yet at all clear," Clinton said.

This afternoon President Obama had his own stern message for the Libyan leader.

"Gadhafi must stop his troops from advancing on Benghazi, pull them back from Adebayo, Misrata and Zawiyah and establish water, electricity and gas supplies to all area," Obama said. "Humanitarian assistance must be allowed to reach the people of Libya."

"These terms are not negotiable," Obama declared. If Gadhafi doesn't comply, "the international community will impose consequences."

Tonight on AC360°, you'll hear from opposition fighters who say Gadhafi is not complying with those terms.

These developments come one day after the U.N. Security Council approved “all necessary measures”, including a no-fly zone, to protect the people of Libya.

We'll also have the latest on Japan's nuclear crisis.

The evacuation area around the plant remains at 12 miles (20-kilometer), despite an admission from Japanese officials that the crisis is now on par with 1979 Three Mile Island incident in Pennsylvania. Today Japan raised the level of seriousness to a five on a scale of zero to seven.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, which operates the damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant, issued an apology today.

We'll have that and tell you how efforts are going to restore power to the plant.

And meteorologist Chad Myers is tracking the winds in Japan, with fears radiation could spread to other areas.

Here in the United States, there was a report today that a radiation monitor in Sacramento, California detected a trace of radioactive material from the stricken Japanese nuclear plant. But the Environmental Protection Agency says it "has not detected any radiation levels of concern."

Join us for these stories and much more at 10 p.m. ET.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Bob

    Libya is a country with 6 million people... By looking at gadhafi's oudated military power, I would have to say that gadhafi's planes and military is no match against American and European military planes... I would have to say that a few days of airstrikes against gadhafi would be enough to topple gadhafi.... If the American and European planes started to drop daisy-cutters (bombs) on top of gadhafi's bunker, Gadhafi would certainly feel the heat and flee the country... Gadhafi deserves to be hunted for what he has done to us, Americans. Gadhafi has killed hundreds of Americans in the Pan Am plane explosion and in the Disco in Berlim....

    March 19, 2011 at 2:16 am |
  2. Bianca

    I am sorry, but after Iraq, one has to watch for the "international community", "stopping madman", "humanitarian intervention" phrases. Who really is the "international community" in this case? US, France and UK had collected leaders of Arab states that themselves are right now engaging in brutalizing their own citizens - and this now passes for the international community? Rulers of Marroco, Algeria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain, Kuwait and others are hanging on to power by use of force against unarmed civilians - and they need distraction in Libya. China, Russia, Brazil, India and Germany DID NOT approve the UN SC resolution, they abstained. How much will this cost us? My retirement income is not up to financing more wars.

    March 19, 2011 at 1:43 am |
  3. Kevin

    Hydrogen explosions make alot of fire, This radiation we r picking up over here, could be a seperate explosion..*shrug*

    March 19, 2011 at 12:34 am |
  4. Bernie

    TEPCO should cover their plant problems with wet,wet,wet concrete and I mean soupy concrete that way the water in the concrete cool's their Electrical Problem's Reactors 1,2,3,4,5,6 are wasted cover in concrete.

    Our Country covered all of there Nuclear Waste in the Pacific during the first Nuclear testing in a Gigantic Dome of Concrete.

    March 19, 2011 at 12:06 am |
  5. Deana Martin

    The happenings in Libyia are so out of control.
    Society has become so accustomed to death and dying,that we become tolerant to evil. When I was young we had the Lone Ranger and the
    Cavalry. Where are they when we need some one to lead us who has that character.WHERE IS THE CAVALRY?????

    March 19, 2011 at 12:02 am |
  6. brigitte lloyd

    for ghadafy the world is like a puppet on a string. it embarrasses me to see us shuffling our feet, as he is butchering everything in his way since many many years. he needed to be gone a long time ago. i really would like to know the "real" stronghold he has on us... besides the obvious.

    March 18, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
  7. Bernie

    Ihad to change the last pargrapgh sorry.

    I say Attack Moammar Gadhafi and put things to rest He's out of touch with the real World as well as a killer.

    March 18, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  8. Bernie

    Moammar Gadhafi is trying to start a conversion for the Terroists in Iran and Afghanistan plus other Cell's including Eygpt and all over the World.

    For contacts with the Soviet and his Timber plus Oil. The Soviet needs a warm water Sea Port as well think 10 Years down the Road or use some Hind Sight.

    The U.S.A. rescued Moammar Gadhafi when his Plain Crashed in the Desert awhile back as well.

    The U.S.A. also lost An F-111 S.A.C. Bomber with it's Pilot's when we attacked Moammar Gadhafi's Airbases back sometime ago they used some of our Country's Smart Bombs when they were first being tested.

    I say Attack Moammar Gadhafi and put things to rest He's out of touch with the real World as we as a killer.

    March 18, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  9. bela

    Ok. Yet again, the same old stuff. Like in Iraq....

    March 18, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  10. Deana Martin

    WHERE IS THE CAVALRY???? They would have already taken care of Libya.

    March 18, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  11. bbarc

    Let them work toward true peace. Pray for resolution. It's not to late for all of us.

    March 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  12. John T

    Is there anyone who doesn't understand that Qaddafi is just like Charles Manson only with power?

    March 18, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  13. John T

    TEPCO, sadly, is the best Japan has available to fix their plant problems. They do appear to be severely hampered by "series thinking" meaning only pursuing a few plans which aren't very effective. For example they should have Japanese Navy ships powering their service water pumps to provide a source of pressurized sea water to the plants which can be used for flooding. If the pumps won't work, they could still backfeed the power into the plants to run some smaller pumps, instruments, and lights.

    March 18, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  14. Darlene

    Dear Anderson and Sanjay

    Your reporting from distressed places in the world is inspiring and important. However, considering the current situation with the radiation where you are and the current wind projections - I believe you are better coming home and being safe. Do NOT stay until you are lost to us – I know many there may die – but you should endure to continue to testify for us and to the world -

    With great appreciation for what you do - D Riley

    March 18, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  15. Sparki (yes that's my name)

    If Gadhafi is no longer legitimate we should NOT be referring to him as Colonel, it only lends him a semblance of legitimacy, His "army" is just a organized group of thugs and paid mercenaries, so we should NOT refer to them as the "Libyan Army " Until the National Transitional Temporary Council is RECOGNIZED by the U.S. and the REST of the International Community, then it stands to reason that Libya has no legitimate government or army. Do not refer to the "Libyan Government" or to "Government Forces", for they clearly no longer exist.

    March 18, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  16. James B Long

    I think who ever is in charge of the Libya operation should step up ,tell Qaddafi to take machines to a determined location and walk away from it.Then turn himself in to the proper agency and he might get away without hanging .NO DEALS< NO NEGOTIONS straight to the point. I may sound like a tyrant but that is what the world is dealing with.. Put him OUT....

    March 18, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  17. Karen

    Give me a break! We have enough issues in the U.S., but once again our government may decide to care about Libya (which is none of our business) more than our own people. Once again, they are killing our loved ones and wasting our money with this ridiculous debt they stupidly get us into. Do they really think Gadhafi is afraid of us? Let Libya's people fight it out between themselves. Do other countries help out poor or sent in troops to help out with crime in our inner cities. The absurd people of Libya got themselves into this situation, let their people get themselves out of it!

    March 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  18. Ernie Block

    WE'll know there is a true cease fire in Libya when the peaceful protests return in Tripoli. Until then we MUST have the UN force compliance of their own resolution.

    March 18, 2011 at 9:55 pm |