Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the former Libyan strongman who fled into hiding after rebels toppled his regime two months ago in the Arab Spring’s most tumultuous uprising, was killed Thursday as fighters battling the vestiges of his loyalist forces wrested control of his hometown of Surt, the interim government announced. Read more.
The Obamas at the Christ the Redeemer Statue on Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
As U.S. and British air strikes and cruise missiles pounded Muammar Gaddafi’s Tripoli palace, President Barack Obama was on a “sightseeing tour” of Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Christ the Redeemer hilltop statue.
He also visited Brazil’s famed City of God slum as the biggest military intervention in the Arab world since the Iraq invasion entered its second day.
“True to its internationalist instincts, the Obama administration would never contemplate an action that lacked U.N. approval, yet United Nations permission alone is inadequate. Sen. Richard Lugar, Indiana Republican, believes that the Congress should debate a declaration of war over intervening in Libya. But the White House has not sought even the type of congressional authorization for the use of force that President George W. Bush did before the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. It would be ironic to say the least if Mr. Obama waged war with less legal backing than his predecessor.” [Read more]