From David Kerley:
The White House said again today that it believes that Moammar Gadhafi’s “days are numbered.” And reports from Libya indicate there may some truth in that.
The statement came after President Obama started his Sunday on Martha’s Vineyard with news about the situation in Libya. John Brennan, from the president’s national security team, provided a briefing at the 28-acre estate where the first family is vacationing for 10 days.
The White House says an American team in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi provided information, as well as the rebels themselves for the president’s briefing.
“The Libyan people deserve a just, democratic and peaceful future,” White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.
But Gadhafi leaving does not guarantee democracy or peace. The question remains whether his loyalists will lay down their weapons and stop fighting. An administration source suggested many may stop fighting, but there is no way to determine how many.
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain acknowledged the end is near for Gadhafi and it will be up to the United States and the Europeans to help rebuild Libya.
“We've seen the difficulties with other countries who made this transition, but we will be rid of a guy that has the blood of Americans on his hands. We will be rid of a guy who has practiced the worst kind of brutalities,” McCain said on CBS’s "Face the Nation."
A State Department official just spent two days in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.
Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said late today diplomats are encouraging the rebels, “to maintain broad outreach across all segments of Libyan society,” and to plan for a post-Gadhafi Libya.
If Gadhafi cared about the welfare of his people, she added, “he would step down now.”
– David Kerley