Saturday, June 11, 2011

NATO puts Gaddafi as "legitimate objective"

Washington (Editorial / Agencies) .- A senior NATO military command said the Libyan Colonel Gaddafi Muanmar is a "legitimate target" for the allied troops two months leading positions bombing Gaddafi in Libya to "prevent scheme to kill civilians. " The international mission of aerial bombardments in which Spain, whose main objective is to protect the civilian population of the repressive regime of Gaddafi.

According to this information being conducted by the U.S. television network CNN, the ability to strike directly against Gaddafi is part of the military plans of the allied forces are intervening in Libya. Moreover, the permanence of Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi to power in Libya would be a "terrible signal" to the "Arab spring", said the outgoing director of the CIA and was nominated as the next Pentagon chief, Leon Panetta, EFE reported .

"I think it sends a terrible signal to other countries" in the region who have lived since early this year of change processes or protests for democracy, Panetta said during a Senate hearing as part of the confirmation process for new position to replace the current Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who will start later this month.

The fact that clung to power, when the United States has openly claimed to leave him, would also have an "impact" in the "interests of national security (U.S.) in the world," he added. Still, Panetta considered that the NATO military efforts in Libya, together with penalties and achievements of the rebels in opposition, weakened "significantly" to the Gaddafi regime, so we felt that keeping the pressure eventually to force him to relinquish power.

"We have seen a significant weakening of the regime, we have seen how the opposition has victories in the east and west" of the country, said Panetta. "There are some signs that if we continue with the pressure, if we keep at the end Qaddafi eventually resigning," he confided. Panetta's nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.

His appointment is part of a wider restructuring of the national security team of President, Barack Obama, who also nominated the current commander of international forces in Afghanistan, David Petraeus, to replace Panetta in charge of the CIA, among others. If confirmed Panetta, 72, will assume leadership of the Pentagon just at a time when Obama has to give permission to begin reducing U.S.

troops in Afaganistán, sometime in July. According to reports, various factions of the Obama administration differ on the number of troops to reduce the quota of about 100,000 troops is in Afagnistán now. Gates said that the initial number could be between 3,000 and 5,000 troops, although according to various means other members of the administration call for increasing this figure, especially after the death of the leader of al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden.

During the hearing on Thursday, Panetta would not say openly what he considers more appropriate figure, but defended the White House plans to start some kind of withdrawal.

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