From The Hill via, Memeorandum, Apparently Libya’s beleaguered leader, Moammar Gadhafi has sent a letter to the US Congress asking for a cease fire and even asks for a fact finding mission. I smell something funny here. Gadhafi has never been on friendly terms with the US – Why should he start now? Perhaps like any other cowardly type, he’s finally decided that the only way to save his neck is to capitulate, with the caveat that he retain power, of course.
Congress has received a letter ostensibly from Moammar Gadhafi that calls for a cease-fire and urges the U.S. to take the lead in negotiating a deal for peace in Libya.
The June 9 letter, which The Hill obtained, is addressed to the White House and lawmakers. House and Senate leadership aides say they have received the document, but have not confirmed its authenticity. The White House declined to comment.
Gadhafi’s liaison office in Washington, D.C., has been closed.
The letter, in which Libya’s dictator promises democratic reforms, appears designed to separate the U.S. from its European allies. In the letter, Gadhafi says he would welcome a fact-finding mission if Congress were to send one, and claims that he has long sought a “special relationship” with the U.S.
He’s calling for a cease fire because NATO has specifically targeted Gadhafi and I’d venture to say that He’s getting a headache from all the bombs and missiles aimed at his compound.
Gadhafi is caling for “a cease fire, the funding of humanitarian relief and assistance in fostering and furthering accommodation between the parties within Libya that are at odds.” In exchange, he pledges reforms.
Gadhafi chastises France, which he claims led the charge on recent Security Council resolutions against Libya. He argues that France is motivated to “seize Libyan oil” while simultaneously trying to smooth relations with the U.S.
The letter that was provided to The Hill is addressed to the White House, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Leadership aides downplayed the significance of the document, stressing they are most interested in Gadhafi’s ouster or resignation.
“I want to express my sincere gratitude for your thoughtful discussion of the issues,” Colonel Qaddafi wrote in the letter, a copy of which was supplied to The New York Times by a person seeking to defend the administration’s policy. “We are confident that history will see the wisdom of your country in debating these issues.”
Colonel Qaddafi did not refer specifically to a resolution passed by the House that rebuked the administration for maintaining an American role in the campaign without the consent of Congress. But he expressed hope that the lawmakers would continue to pressure the administration.
“We are counting on the United States Congress to its continued investigation of military activities of NATO and its allies to confirm what we believe is a clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolution 1973,” Colonel Qaddafi said in the three-page letter, which was not addressed to any particular lawmaker.
A spokesman for Speaker John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, who introduced last week’s resolution, said his office had received the letter but was not able to vouch for its authenticity. The letter was received by the administration through the same channels that Colonel Qaddafi has sent other letters, another official said.
“If authentic, this incoherent letter only reinforces that Gaddafi must go. There’s no disagreement about that,” said the spokesman for Mr. Boehner, Brendan Buck. “That’s why so many Americans have questions – which the White House refuses to answer – about the administration committing U.S. resources to an operation that doesn’t make his removal a goal.”
The Libyan leader has maintained a vigorous one-way correspondence with President Obama over the last two years, sending him several letters that have tried to appeal to his sense of justice and fairness.
In a letter in April, shortly after the NATO bombing campaign began, he addressed the president as “our son” and pleaded with him to stop the military operation. “Despite all this you will always remain our son whatever happened,” he wrote.
In the letter to Congress, Colonel Qaddafi appealed to the lawmakers, “as the great Democracy, to assist us to determine our future as a people.” He invited members to send a fact-finding group to Libya to investigate the country’s democracy and reports of human-rights abuses inside the country.
I still say he’s begging for his life and freedom, something he didn’t give to many of his people. I’m surprised he hasn’t asked for asylum yet.