No Fly Zones, Asset Freezes and More: Options the White House is Discussing Regarding Libya

Feb 24, 2011 5:16pm

President Obama spoke with French President Nicolas Sarkozy this afternoon, and he was scheduled to talk to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, to discuss options regarding Libya.

Here’s a partial list of things the White House is contemplating and moving on:

  • A stronger UN Security Council product than the weak “press notes” from earlier this week – possibilities include a resolution, sanctions, enforcement mechanisms, and accountability measures;
  • Supporting the Mexican initiative to suspend Libya from the UN Human Rights Council (Secretary of State Clinton’s trip to Geneva);
  • Executive Order with sanctions, which could include visa and travel restrictions, asset freezes and/or seizures, civil aviation restrictions — all coordinated with allies;
  • Suspension of export licenses;
  • No-fly zone;
  • possible freezing of individuals’ assets;
  • Humanitarian relief;
  • Broadcasting into Libya.

-Jake Tapper


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