Now that the Americans we wanted out of Libya are out, President Obama is getting serious with Muammar Qaddafi.
Or is he? Obama is placing unilateral and multilateral sanctions on Qaddafi, and – oh no – SUSPENDING THEIR MEMBERSHIP IN THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL.
Which begs the question:
WHAT IS LIBYA DOING ON THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL?
Can someone please tell me why a tyrant running for his life is going to care about sanctions? It’s like informing someone having their last meal before the electric chair that their credit cards have been cut off.
Why are we not doing something more direct, given the fast moving situation, like military aid to the rebels or establishing a no-fly zone so Qaddafi can’t bomb his own people?
Hopefully, we are, but we’re not hearing about it.
Here are some excerpts of what White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said we’re doing:
We have decided to move forward with unilateral sanctions, which we are in the process of finalizing, coordinated sanctions with our European allies, and multilateral efforts to hold the Libyan government accountable through the United Nations.
Additionally, the United States has suspended the very limited military cooperation it had with Libya. The U.S. military began to cautiously reengage with Libya, as you know, in 2009 following Libya’s decision to halt its weapons of mass destruction programs and compensate victims of terrorism.
Prior to the recent unrest and sales — prior to the recent unrest, sales of spare military parts were pending. They have been frozen.
The United Nations Human Rights Council held an emergency session today in Geneva, where it adopted by consensus a resolution that condemned the gross and systematic human rights abuses now being committed by the government of Libya, established an international commission of inquiry to investigate these abuses, and recommended accountability measures for those responsible and also recommended that the U.N. General Assembly suspend Libya’s membership on the council.
In addition, as the president announced earlier this week, Secretary Clinton will travel to Geneva on Monday to speak at the Human Rights Council and to discuss with her international counterparts further measures on Libya as well as events in the broader Middle East.
On Monday, the president will meet with U.N. security — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Washington . . . He will also discuss the range of activities that U.N. agencies and the international community can undertake to address the significant humanitarian needs created by this crisis.
Finally, the United States is utilizing the full extent of its intelligence capabilities to monitor the Gadhafi regime’s actions, and we are particularly vigilant for evidence of further violence or atrocities committed against the Libyan people.