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Clinton On Libya: Gaddafi Is 'Game Playing' But Could Be Looking For Exit Strategy


First Posted: 03/22/11 07:39 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:40 PM ET

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking with ABC's Diane Sawyer, said that Gaddafi was engaged in "theater" and "game playing," but that he might be looking for an exit strategy.

After claiming that allies have allegedly been reaching out on Gaddafi's behalf, Clinton acknowledged that a lot of the Libyan leader's actions were "theater." However, she then added that "some of it, we think, is exploring. You know, what are my options, where could I go, what could I do. And we would encourage that."

The U.S., which is currently cooperating with an international coalition on Operation Odyssey Dawn, has said repeatedly that Gaddafi must leave power in Libya. However, Clinton refused to speculate on the outcome of the military operation, declining to say that she was confident the strongman would be removed.

She added that, "Now obviously, if we want to see a stable, peaceful, hopefully someday democratic Libya, it is highly unlikely that can be accomplished if he stays in power as he is."

You can find the latest updates on Libya here, and watch the interview below:

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