Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Gadhafi: I'm Still Here

Updated 7:45 p.m. est

President Obama today at a news conference in El Salvador that Libayans are at risk as long as Moammar Gadhafi remains in power.

Responding to a reporter's question, Obama said, "Now, you were absolutely right that as long as Qaddafi remains in power, unless he changes his approach and provides the Libyan people an opportunity to express themselves freely and there are significant reforms in the Libyan government, unless he is willing to step down, that there are still going to be potential threats towards the Libyan people."

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A defiant Moammar Gadhafi made an appearance a short while ago at what looked to be a staged rally at his Bab al-Azizia compound. Standing in a bombed-out building, Gadhafi shrugged off the scores of coalition missiles that have rained down on the despot.

"We will be victorious," Gadhafi said, according to a translation on CNN. "Nothing scares me."

It appeared from the video that Gadhafi's goons were shuffling in the dictator's "supporters" for the rally.

The remarks came several hours after two U.S. pilots were recovered alive in Libya after their jet apparently malfunctioned and they were forced to eject.

"Obviously we were extraordinarily relieved to find out that these two young men were safe in American hands. As the Pentagon indicated, this appears to have been a malfunction in the aircraft, and it is a testament to our military that we have fully prepared for any contingency, including something like this, and they were able to recover these individuals rapidly," President Obama said.

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