April 6th, 2011
08:06 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Gadhafi's New Letter to Pres. Obama

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is calling on President Obama to end the NATO bombing of his country.

Gadhafi's push came in a rambling, three-page letter. But there is no offer from him to stop his offensive or negotiate, a senior Obama administration official said.

"We have been hurt more morally that physically because of what had happened against us in both deeds and words by you. Despite all this you will always remain our son," Gadhafi wrote, according to the official.

"As you know too well democracy and building of civil society cannot be achieved by means of missiles and aircraft, or by backing armed member of [Al Qaeda] in Benghazi," the letter claims.

Meanwhile, former Pennsylvania congressman Curt Weldon is in Libya to meet with Gadhafi and try to persuade him to step down.

Weldon last traveled to Libya in 2004 as part of a bipartisan Congressional delegation to show support for Gadhafi's decision to stop his country's nuclear weapons program.

Weldon provides details on his new mission in Libya in today's New York Times.

"I've met him (Gadhafi) enough times to know that it will be very hard to simply bomb him into submission," writes Weldon.

We'll have the latest on Weldon's efforts tonight on AC360°.

We'll also have an update on Eman al-Obeidy, the woman accusing pro-Gadhafi troops of raping her.

Back here at home, there's a showdown over the federal budget. If an agreement isn't reached by midnight Friday the federal government will shutdown for the first time in more than 15 years.

President Obama invited House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to the White House tonight to try to work out a deal. We’ll let you know how that meeting went.

Chances are it will be tense. There’s been a war of words in Washington over the budget battle.

"Our President is not leading. He didn't lead on last year's budget, and he is clearly not leading on this year's budget," Boehner told reporters this afternoon.

"We've agreed to a compromise, but somehow we don't have a deal, because some folks are trying to inject politics in what should be a simple debate about how to pay our bills," Pres. Obama said in a town hall meeting in Pennsylvania.

Caught in the middle are millions of Americans.

If there's a shutdown, tax refunds would not go out, national parks would close and U.S. troops won't get paid.

We'll cover the Raw Politics with CNN Senior Political Analysts Gloria Borger and David Gergen, as well as Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.

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

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate

    So Gadhafi wants the US to bend and stop the bombing but he is not willing to offer anything back in exchange for what he is asking. How typical.

    I feel for the civilians caught in the middle of this struggle but I believe that if NATO and the US back off Gadhafi will do far worse to the Libyan civilians than they have now. To oust Gadhafi and win their liberty, the Libyans need to stay the course.

    Our gov't needs to keep the government running even if its just on another emergency extension. A shutdown may not hurt them but it hurts a lot of the voters who voted them into office and will remember when elections come around again and probably will vote them out. If they want to change how Washington works, then they need to work – that would be the biggest change of all.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  2. Patti m/c il

    I think our government has crossed the line this time. How dare they ask the veterans to continue to fight this war then cut them off financially. When are the poloticians going to grow up and do the job hired for. They should hang thier heads in shame, and they should work for free.

    Patti Monroe Center Il

    April 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  3. Mohamed

    Gaddafi's letter to the president tells me that he is hurting. He came down to earth and asked the president to stop the attacks on his forces. It's a plot to have way with the people in Libya and extend his didtatorship for another 40 years. We can not trust Gaddafi and we want him out. I will ask the prsident no deals for Gaddafi and the world will be a better place without him.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  4. Mustafa Alahwel

    I am a proud Libyan American citizen living here in the USA for over thirty three years but originally from the city of Misurata, Libya. I am devastated that my US government is to let the people of Misurata in Libya be killed every day by the forces of the terrorist Qaddafi under the watch of American forces as part of NATO mission. UN resolution 1973 mandates that, Libyan civilians be protected by “ALL NECESSARY MEASURES”. My whole family lives in the city of Misurata, I have not been able to talk to any one of them for over three weeks. All phone communications are completely shut off by the terrorist Qaddafi’s son, Mohamed, who owns the only communications company in Libya that operates all wired and wireless communications in the country. Also, water and electricity are cut off. Most people get their drinking water from unhealthy and untreated sources such as privately dug wells that produce water, which contains high levels of salt and other harmful materials, which is not fit to be consumed by human beings. The situation there is very desperate with supplies of medicine, food, and clean water are quickly depleting. The city has been under siege for over four weeks and residents are spending their days and nights in fear of the random shelling of their residential areas. They are being terrorized this way, because they want to be free of his forty one years of bloody dictatorship and live as free human beings in a democratic society like ours. His forces of terror are continuously shelling Misurata seaport, the only outlet to outside world, with tanks and heavy artilleries to prevent any humanitarian aid to come through the port, as well as shelling hospitals to prevent insured people from being treated. The residents in Misurata and elsewhere have suffered under horrific attacks from Qaddafi forces with little evidence of NATO air power overhead. Where is NATO and specifically the US, the world simple of freedom and human rights? Do they not see all this happening on a daily basis? When are they going to fulfill their mission that is mandated by the UN resolution 1973 and have all voted for?
    "I am extremely sorry to say this, but NATO truly disappointed us," Gen. Abdul Fatah Younis, the opposition's top military official, said Tuesday, 4/5. "Civilians are being killed every day, including children, women and elderly. If NATO will wait another week, Misurata will be finished. No one will be left alive. Do they want to wait, and watch them die, and let this crime be a shameful disgrace for the international community forever?".
    I have heard our government saying that, our first priorities are protecting the Libyan civilians and ensuring the delivering of humanitarian aid to the cities under siege, little of this happened so far. It is all just talk and political statements. What is happening now has all but been eliminated from the US news and the American people. My mother and whole family in Misurata are in a very desperate and dangerous situation right now, assuming they are still alive. I appeal to my fellow Americans to speak out and send a clear message to our government to rescue the people of Misurata before it is too late.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:41 pm |