March 22nd, 2011
09:02 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Gadhafi Remains Defiant

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi remains defiant on day four of airstrikes against his country by coalition forces.

"We will be victorious in this fight. We will not give up," Gadhafi declared on Libyan state run TV tonight.

The U.S. military has flown 212 sorties over Libya, while an additional 124 were flown by coalition forces. The U.S. military has also carried out 108 strikes and 162 Tomahawk missiles have been fired.

But all isn't going smoothly in Libya for the U.S. military. A U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet crashed in Libya Monday night "when the aircraft experienced equipment malfunction."

Both the pilot and weapons officer ejected safely and were rescued within hours.

The military dispatched two Marine Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge, which is about 100 miles off the coast of Libya, to pick up one of the aviators.

The other crew member was recovered by Libyan rebels who treated him with "respect and dignity" until coalition forces were able to get him out of Libya.

The airstrikes continue because Gadafi is ignoring the U.N. mandate, according to U.S. military leaders.

"Gadhafi and his forces are not yet in compliance of the United Nations Security Council resolution due to the continued aggressive actions his forces are taking against the civilian population of Libya," Adm. Samuel Locklear said.

One place where fighting still rages is in Misrata, east of Tripoli.

"There are more than 50 snipers over the rooftops of the city. They are attacking people and civilians," an eyewitness tells us. You'll hear more from him tonight on AC360.

We'll also look at the questions being raised about how the coalition campaign against Gadhafi will continue and who will take the lead in the days ahead. Will NATO take the command? We'll talk it over with Jill Doughery, David Gergen and Fouad Ajami.

We'll also give you the latest developments on Japan's nuclear crisis.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is blocking the shipment into the U.S. of any milk products, fresh fruits and vegetables from areas closest to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

All other food products will be tested for radiation exposure.

At the plant there was some progress today. Power is restored to the control room of the No. 3 reactor, but not yet the cooling system.

Tokyo Electric, which runs the plant, said the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors suffered more serious damage from seawater than originally suspected and it will take more time to make repairs.

The seawater was poured into the reactors in an attempt to cool them following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Derrick

    Gadhafi looks like Joe Jackson, Michael Jackson's father!

    March 22, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  2. Mohamed

    The coalition Forces should be more aggressive with This Qaddafi thing,there must be a non-stop strikes until he surrenders... The operation has already started late and i hope not to see more Libyans dying

    March 22, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  3. stephanie missun

    I have three great friends in Libya and they are on the front lines. They welcome the help from allies to help them free their country.

    March 22, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  4. Donald

    Not IF but WHEN the Muslim resolution gets fully underway all across the Middle East, there is no way that the United States can win a war with them !!! We do not even have enough troops to defend us aginst them here in our land !!

    March 22, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
  5. Altajoury

    iam libyan and we are thankfull to you USA for helping us to get a rid of this dictator and we are very gratefull to you and also we will be more then happy to pay for this action, you do not know how many people lifes have been safed by this action, sure we will pay at the sametime also again we will be gratefull and thankfull to you....thank you France,USA,UK.THANK YOU ALL.

    March 22, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Mary Fox

    We need to get out of Libia and have arab nations take over the no-fly zone. We are going to be the bad guys no matter what.
    I think we should be spending all of our efforts to help OUR FRIENDS the Japanese.

    March 22, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  7. Donald

    There is not a doubt in this old Vietnam veterans mind that Barack Obama lit the fuse that will ultimately drag the United States into a war with the Muslims that will be ten times great than the problems we are now having with them in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    March 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  8. brandon elam

    I think that there is a great problem with our nation. We are on a pendilum and could fall at anytime. I think that there is solutions to our problems , If the right people would listen and help carry the solutions out.

    The War in Libya Needs to be quick and over .
    The USA does not need to take a leading role ,even though they might be . Cant we keep a seceret anymore. The american people should know ,but not the world. It makes us a BIGGER TARGET.

    March 22, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  9. chad

    the united states cant keep thinking we are the only country that has to stick ourselves in other countries problems. u dont see china,japan,germany,korea,or russia doing this as often as we get involved in these issues. im telling ya i think the US needs to worry about our own problems before we bomb and destroy other countries, we are spread thin with our military and some day its gonna come back and bite us, when we least expect it , just like 2001. other countries will finally have enough of our crap and say" lets see how they like it"

    March 22, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  10. Drago

    Libya intervention is NOT about OIL. This is continuation of Cold War, just as in ex-YU, and more importantly it provides COVER FOR ISRAEL. Why not report that 4 civilians were killed by Israel in Gaza? Why not impose no-fly zone over Palestine? Why kill pro-Gadhafi civilians to protect anti-Gadhafi militants? Will USA be better off when Al Qaida or its proxy rules Libya? Anderson – you failed to ask critical quastions. I am very dissapointed by CNN's and your personal support for the enemy of "our enemy", who is totally unkown. Libya and North Africa were stable for 40 years. Now, you will get democratic power of Hamas and Al Qaida and Muslim Brotherhood and... The "best case" scenario is yet another Somalia or Kosovo. Enjoy the future you help create. Time to broadcast from Pristina!

    March 22, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  11. Tabitha

    Why are we unofficially attacking Libya without approval from Congress? Why is Obama in Brazil instead of asking Congress for permission to attack Libya?

    March 22, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  12. Bob

    Gadhafi looks weary and tired on television... The cost of the military action will ultimately be paid indirectly by the Libyan people themselves... The Libyan protesters have to understand that the United States, France, Great Britain and others are helping the Libyan protesters mainly for humanitarian reasons and eventually, the Libyan protesters can help this coalition in several ways... For example the Libyan protesters can make a pledge or a promise that when gadhafi steps down, and when the Libyan protestors go into power in Libya. The Libyan protesters wil increase the output of oil production... If the Libyan protesters eventually triple the oil production, this action will help to bring the price of a barrel of oil down to about $70.00 dollars or less, effectively helping the coalition economically....

    March 22, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
  13. Annie Kate

    Gadhafi will remain defiant until he dies. His defiance and the continued fighting of his forces show the lie of his words about how much he cares for Libya and its people. All he cares about is his power, which hopefully is quickly slipping away.

    Our air crewman of the downed jet are lucky that they were rescued so quickly; the one picked up by the rebels was especially lucky that he was picked up by them and not Gadhafi's forces; if it had been the latter he probably would not have survived it. I hope no other airplane malfunctions.

    Looking forward to the reports on Japan and how the radiation situation is going. I read that other nations are putting increased inspection on food items and milk shipped in from Japan – mostly Asian nations who get the bulk of Japan's exports of foodstuffs. Thanks so much for keeping us informed of both big stories in the detail that you are doing. Please keep it up!

    March 22, 2011 at 9:14 pm |