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April 14th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

"Gaddafi Must Go": Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, breaking developments in the battle for Libya. President Obama, French president Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron, the prime minister of Britain have written an op-ed laying out their vision for the country and it involves the end of the regime. Plus, is fuzzy math part of the budget compromise on Capitol Hill and Goldman Sachs comes under fire in a scathing Senate report on the financial meltdown.

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  1. Chi

    Oops "I has been" My God! Such a disaster!

    April 14, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  2. Nancy in Oregon

    (The Douglas household must be full of pain, with both members of the couple being ill. I'm so sorry for their trials.)

    April 14, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  3. Chi

    Ayzzza! My mom gonna be very happy cos finally she may find the right WORD to describe the way I has been 🙂 BIPOLAR hmmmm Now I know why I am so annoying 😀

    April 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  4. Nina

    Genetic predisposition along with an environmental stress

    April 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Our hearts goes out to Catherine Zeta-Jones, God bless her, Our prayers and thoughts with her........ 🙁 AC and Megan.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  6. Lori

    It is amazing what stress can do to you.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  7. Nancy in Oregon

    Perhaps Ms. Zeta Jones is hoping to illuminate the problem and diagnosis.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  8. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Nancy, the complexities should have been considered, as should the tendency of war to not go as you want.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  9. lisal -canada

    no activity in frontal lobes ... that is when instinct takes over (no thought required – default actions – just like reflexes – they happen physically before the brain processes the why – survival mode)

    April 14, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  10. Dennis B Utah

    Oh i forgot the tax code. Abolish it its time for a flat tax. or maybe a national sales tax.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  11. Janis

    Catherine Zeta Jones is so beautiful. Sorry to hear of her health problems. It's medical and can be so debilitating. She's very courageous to talk about it. She'll help alot of other people by coming out about it. Thank you, Mrs. Douglas!

    April 14, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  12. Eva

    The U.N. resolutions do not mandate a
    regime change in Libya. Regardless of
    the fact that the rebels feel the U.S.
    has not done enough to help them, the
    fact is that this is not a war. The
    U.S. has met its responsibilities; it
    doesn't need to win anything. It needs
    to get out of Libya. It's not our country.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  13. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The US Army basic training is 10 weeks. That's with great instructors and equipment. Follow-up training in specialties can be 6-84 weeks more, depending on specialty. No way these rebels will be anything like an army any time soon.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  14. Merl, Ohio

    I've heard that we handed it all over to NATO, but I've also recently that our planes are still bombing.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  15. Nancy in Oregon

    Sadly, Mike, many deep and complex problems have no visible 'end'...but I don't think that necessarily means they shouldn't be approached with the intent to help. It does mean taking the long view sometimes, though, and being somewhat patient, not expecting things to be healed in a brief space of time (like it was a TV show.) I do think a lot of us humans expect quick resolutions, and if those can't come, then nothing should be attempted.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  16. Janis

    @Megan – No worries, Gadhafi is a slime star not a rock star. LOL

    April 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  17. lisal -canada

    doesn't PTSD display symptoms of bipolar disorder? i believe that various external stressors can act as a catalyst – and those stressors (or triggers) are sometimes quite varied (ptsd can manifest itself in a number of unexpected and seemingly unrelated ways)

    April 14, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  18. Marian

    The opposition should not be criticized for at least trying to improve conditions in Libya. Why would anyone expect them to be trained professionals. It takes more courage to so something rather than nothing.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  19. Dr. Wayne Axman

    Who is supplying these weapons and ammunition that are being fired haphazardly. If you stop the arms you stop the fight . Who is the supplier on both sides. Why does it seem limitless in such a poor country. If you wanted to obtain arms as sophisticated I don't think it would be as easy as it seems here.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  20. Janis

    @Merl 🙂 – I agree. I really do think that a basic tax system would be nice. A complete overhaul.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  21. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Many of the Gadhafi fighters are from other countries.
    If the International community can find a way to discourage these fighters, the so-called Lybian army will fall apart.

    I think that there is a lot going on within the Gadhafi camp. There are a lot of other ways to bring him down besides troops on the ground.

    Agree that training, weapons and communication equipment needs to be provided by the Internation community.

    Still, very sad to see the opposition not being able to gain ground.
    However, admire the rebels courage and continued efforts to get Gadhafi et al out of office and the country!

    April 14, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  22. Sharon Hastings

    NATO has gotten some bad press lately. I'm hoping the pressure is on for them to pull together and do a better job.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  23. Chi

    Hmmm 🙁 How come Gadhafi is ok there while, NATO is there and so on? Honestly, weird!

    April 14, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  24. Dennis

    Hi Cooper

    The Presidents speech was excellent. Now the rest of the congress needs to come on board and raise taxes on the 2%.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  25. David

    I agree with guests that there has been a failure to prosecute the perpetrators of the Wall Street crimes. Investment banks need to pay back loans with interest and bankers that deliberately sold bad products need to be held accountable. How can people turn up the presssure to get this job done before Republicans pass a law to protect these bankers from prosecution?

    April 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  26. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    You can't train an army in a few weeks or months.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  27. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Nina
    Janis
    Why is Gadhafi acting like a rock star? Is that really him? Strange and more strange everyday.

    He is a psychopath that loves the lime-light! He will never leave...

    Janis and Nina,
    I agree both you, YES! He is so crazy person...... I hope not to be rock star as well!

    April 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  28. Nancy in Oregon

    Fareed, so true. These are normal folks, in essence, not trained warriors.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  29. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The military analysts don't see an end in sight.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  30. Nancy in Oregon

    Nina, kinda reminds me of the Great Leader in North Korea.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  31. Angela Jones - Bemidji, MN

    I strongly believe that Gaddafi must go!

    I have family members who is in the military oversees serving the Libyan conflict and I have been told by those family members that if this conflict continues and NATO doesn't keep up wiht what they had promised in the military operation, there will be many American casualities and we could end up staying in Libya for many years to come! Our military wants to come home, not stay in Libya because of a civil conflict!

    April 14, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  32. michele

    Why isn't anyone discussing the loophole that all the hedge fund guys have paying 15% capital gains tax rates and not the income tax rates that the rest of us hard working folks pay?? That along with simplifying the tax code will go along way to raising tax revenues!

    April 14, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  33. Nancy in Oregon

    And you know, Kat, even with nothing else coming into play, I have a natural distrust of any one person, family or party being in control of anything for too long. Even the most well-intentioned humans lose balance and perspective when they hold such power....an insane one, whoa!

    April 14, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  34. Nina

    My compliments to Ben Wedeman. He has been in Libya all this time, often in danger so we can receive news of Libya! Thank you Ben

    April 14, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  35. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    15 yards! A new record in warfare. We sure backed a bunch of winners.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  36. Janis

    Gadhafi must go for humanitarian reasons, period. He's a scourge and will be on every country if he stays in power. He doesn't forget, he will be part of terrorist acts if he's left in power. He has shown that is the way he conducts his diplomacy.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  37. Kim, Canada

    @ George T.O.
    How do you figure Canada is one of the slowest countries to recover? Every report and article I have read says very much the opposite. I would agree that we have many of the same challenges as America, but our social divisions stand NO comparison to that of America, particularly as it relates to socio-economic impact on quality of life, racism and xenophobia, saddled along with political partisanship. It is a whole different ball game.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  38. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "If there is a way, there is a will!"

    April 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  39. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    There is no end game for Libya. I think Obama was really naive enough to think a few cruise missiles and bombs would end it.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  40. Chi

    My God! What did his daughter say? Honestly, I don't expect those words to be said by a woman.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  41. Merl, Ohio

    @ Janis,

    I don't understand governments logic of going after the poorest and the most in need in our country to boost our budget!?!

    April 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  42. Nina

    Janis
    Why is Gadhafi acting like a rock star? Is that really him? Strange and more strange everyday.

    He is a psychopath that loves the lime-light! He will never leave...

    April 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  43. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    President Obama, French president Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron, the prime minister of Britain said Gadhafi "Must go & go for good"
    I agree with them, He must lose his power of regime....... I hope not to be more voilence on the street........ That will be danger right now in Libya!!!!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  44. Nancy in Oregon

    Good evening, people. I do wonder what will become of Libya.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  45. Nina

    @Janis
    Thanks. and it is really sad. As they default, many other people will lose their homes as their pensions will be lost

    April 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  46. Paula, Colorado

    I'm glad thought from world leaders is being put in to the end of Gadhafi's regime–and what is possible beyond it.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  47. Kat

    Yes, he must go. No doubt about it. He has been there soooo long he has total abusive control and not putting money back into the improvement of his own country and has very old ideas and is insane.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  48. Kim, Canada

    YES! toss the bankers in the stockade..one of the biggest fraud cases we have ever witnessed. Maybe as punishment all bankers should be subject to a 75% tax rate? What's the fuzzy math on THAT?? LOL, make THEM pay off your deficit!

    April 14, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  49. Janis

    Why is Gadhafi acting like a rock star? Is that really him? Strange and more strange everyday.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  50. Janis

    Phew, glad that's over. That's the one thing that really makes me angry about our debt crisis – past banking misconduct that's ignored by our government.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
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