Lieberman Seeks American Assistance for Libya Opposition

Senator Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) “expressed disappointment Sunday that President Obama has not responded more forcefully against the violence spreading in Libya and called for the arming of rebel forces in that country,” Fox News reports.

The president did say Saturday that the Libyan president should go "now." Still, Lieberman said, "I wish we had spoken out much more clearly and early against the Qaddafi regime…The fact is, now is the time for action."

Lieberman said of the recent UN sanctions imposed on Libyan Leader Muammar Qaddafi and his regime that he was "glad pressure is finally being applied," but the senator said, "Honestly, I think the world has to do more."

The Connecticut Independent, who some have recommended to be the next Secretary of Defense, called for the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya to ensure Qaddafi cannot continue to attack his own people from military planes and fly in armed mercenaries from Africa. The senator said the U.S. "should recognize the opposition government as the legitimate government of Libya and that we ought to give that government, certainly, humanitarian assistance and military arms."

Lieberman chairs the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and is a senior member of the Armed Services Committee.

He has been traveling this week with Senator John McCain (R-AZ) through areas including “Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.”

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