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Top U.S. admiral admits we are trying to kill Qaddafi

Comment: Imagine my shock. Bombing his compound every week and assassinating his grandchildren didn’t give us enough of a hint that Gaddafi was a target. Recall of course that Obama, Cameron, and numerous other military officials claimed that he was never a target.

FLASHBACK: Removing Gaddafi not allowed, says David Cameron [1]

FLASHBACK: Obama: U.S. Is Not Targeting Qaddafi But Has Tools To Do So [2]

FLASHBACK: Gaddafi ‘not a target’, says UK military chief [3]

Josh Rogin
The Cable [4]
Friday, June 24, 2011

The top U.S. admiral involved in the Libya war admitted to a U.S. congressman that NATO forces are trying to kill Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi. The same admiral also said he anticipated the need for ground troops in Libya after Qaddafi falls, according to the lawmaker.

House Armed Services Committee member Mike Turner (R-OH) told The Cable that U.S. Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of the NATO Joint Operations Command in Naples, Italy, told him last month that NATO forces are actively targeting and trying to kill Qaddafi, despite the fact that the Obama administration continues to insist that “regime change” is not the goal and is not authorized by the U.N. mandate authorizing the war.

“The U.N. authorization had three components: blockade, no fly zone, and civil protection. And Admiral Locklear explained that the scope of civil protection was being interpreted to permit the removal of the chain of command of Qaddafi’s military, which includes Qaddafi,” Turner said. “He said that currently is the mission as NATO has defined.”

“I believed that we were [targeting Qaddafi] but that confirmed it,” Turner said. “I believe the scope that NATO is pursuing is beyond what is contemplated in civil protection, so they’re exceeding the mission.”

Full story here. [4]