President Obama Receives Letter from Gadhafi

Apr 6, 2011 1:19pm

President Obama received a letter from Libyan despot Col. Moammar Gadhafi asking for a cease-fire in the military campaign against his regime, the White House said today.

“It’s not the first” such letter, said White House press secretary Jay Carney.

Carney noted that any cease-fire would be predicated on “actions not words,” specifically a cessation of violence against the Libyan people and a withdrawal from cities under siege, as the president explained when he announced the decision to begin air strikes.

Libyan state TV reported that the letter noted the US "withdrawal from the Crusader, colonialist and hostile alliance against Libya,” an apparent reference to NATO taking a leadership role in the military campaign against Libyan government forces.

Last month, Gadhafi wrote a letter to “our son, his excellency” President Obama before the airstrikes against his forces began.

-Jake Tapper

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