Embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has reportedly written Congress a letter, thanking officials for criticizing President Obama over the NATO-led military campaign in Libya and calling for a U.S. ceasefire.
As the New York Times is reporting, the three-page letter did not refer specifically to a resolution passed by the House which rebuked the Obama administration for maintaining a U.S. role in the campaign without Congress' consent, but instead expressed hope that authorities would continue to pressure the administration for its "inappropriate and illegal interference in what is essentially a Libyan civil war."
“I want to express my sincere gratitude for your thoughtful discussion of the issues,” he allegedly wrote. “We are confident that history will see the wisdom of your country in debating these issues. We are counting on the United States Congress to its continued investigation of military activities of NATO and its allies to confirm what we believe is a clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolution 1973."
The letter was not addressed to any specific lawmaker, but rather to the White House, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), according to The Hill.com.
Gaddafi also calls for "a cease fire, the funding of humanitarian relief and assistance in fostering and furthering accommodation between the parties within Libya that are at odds," in exchange for reforms, The Hill reports:
He also warns of another terrorist attack: "We have intelligence that suggest that both AQ members and weapons are being transported from Libya to Algeria Mali and the Sahara and even to Gaza; this constitutes a serious threat to the region, the world and particularly to the security of the United States."
The letter ends, "Peace be upon you Col / Muammar Gaddafi Commander of the Great Revolution."
The White House has remained mostly tight-lipped about the letter, though Boehner -- who was unable to verify the letter's authenticity -- told ABC, “If authentic, this incoherent letter only reinforces that Gaddafi must go. There’s no disagreement about that. That’s why so many Americans have questions -– which the White House refuses to answer –- about the administration committing U.S. resources to an operation that doesn’t make his removal a goal.”
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