Politics & Policy

Gaddafi Asks Obama to End Air Strikes

Via the AP, Gaddafi has apparently requested this in a rambling letter sent to the president:

WASHINGTON – Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is appealing to President Barack Obama to halt the NATO operation to protect opponents of his regime. In a letter to Obama obtained by The Associated Press, Gadhafi implores Obama to stop what he called an “unjust war against a small people of a developing country.”

A U.S. official confirms that the U.S. thinks the rambling three-page letter is authentic.

In the letter, sent Wednesday, Gadhafi says his country had been hurt more morally than physically by the NATO campaign and that a democratic society could not be built through missiles and aircraft. He also repeated his claim that his foes are members of al-Qaida.

Gadhafi addresses Obama as “our son” in the letter and says he hopes Obama will win re-election in 2012.

Nat Brown is a former deputy web editor of Foreign Affairs and a former deputy managing editor of National Review Online.

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