The Latest in Libya: Today’s Qs for O’s WH – 3/10/2011

Mar 10, 2011 2:55pm

TAPPER: The French government is now recognizing some of the Libyan rebels, the Libyan opposition groups, as representatives of the Libyan people.  Where is the U.S. when it comes to assessing the opposition in Libya and recognizing them diplomatically?

CARNEY:  I'm glad you asked that.  We are in direct contact with the opposition through a variety of channels, as I've mentioned before, including with senior members, all the senior members, of the council, and other individuals within Libya.  We're coordinating with the opposition, with the council, to provide assistance and to determine the best ways that we can support their aspirations.  We are still engaged in the process of assessing those groups, the council and other individuals, to find out what their vision is, who they represent, what their ideas are and where they would take Libya in a post-Gadhafi future.  But we are very engaged in that process.

And I think it's important also to note that Secretary Clinton announced today, the secretary of State, that we are suspending Libya's embassy in the United States, and we will not accept representatives put forward by Moammar Gadhafi in Washington.  We will not recognize them as representing Libya.

TAPPER:  The Red Cross today referred to what's going on in Libya as a civil war.  Does the White House agree?

CARNEY:  I think far more important than the terminology used is the actions that we, the United States of America, and our allies and our partners around the world take to ensure that Moammar Gadhafi does not remain in power.

TAPPER:  There were — lastly, there were more air attacks today against the Libyan people by the Gadhafi regime, by the Libyan government.  Has that changed at all the view of White House officials that a no-fly zone would be of limited effectiveness?

CARNEY:  We are aware of those reports, and it obviously is — they are taken into consideration as the deliberations continue.We've made clear, from the president on down, that a no-fly zone remains an option that we are actively considering.  The complexities involved in standing up a no-fly zone that have been spelled out by Secretary Gates and others remain.  And also it remains true that any action you take, especially a military action, it is very important that you — that you are very clear about what it entails and what your goals are, and whether those goals are achievable through that means.  And I mean that broadly, not just in relation to a no-fly zone, because we are actively considering that.

TAPPER:  Sarkozy wants to bomb the — Gadhafi's command center.  Does the U.S. — does the U.S. go along with that?

CARNEY:  Well, we are consulting with the French, the British and all of our allies and partners, through NATO, at the United Nations and elsewhere about our options.

-Jake Tapper

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