Hadley: Defections Key to Gadhafi Ouster

Wednesday, 06 Apr 2011 05:16 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley says the defection of Moammar Gadhafi's foreign minister Moussa Koussa to Britain is critical in getting those close to the Libyan despot to abandon the tyrant’s regime and could be a sign that others might be willing to follow.
hadley, libya“There's obviously a lot of information they would like to get from him. They would like to turn him into the prototype of what they would like, which is those people close to Gadhafi defect from him,” Hadley Tuesday told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “They particularly [would] like the military to defect from him.
“The only way you are going to get him out of power is if the people around him, particularly military, turn on him and dispatch him. I think they would like very much if they could get others to follow Moussa Koussa's line,” said Hadley, former national security official in the Bush administration. “I thought it was interesting, the U.S. made it public now he has come away, they've lifted sanctions on him. I think this is an effort to [get] others to make the shift.”
Van Susteren noted that while the United States and its allies decided to lift travel sanctions on Koussa, who many believe might have had a hand in the downing of Pan Am 103, they plan to still hold him accountable if he was involved in the tragedy.
“I think that's one of the reasons they want to talk to him. It's interesting that they lift the sanctions but make it clear he's going to be held for his crimes,” Hadley said.“The main actor in all of this is Gadhafi. I think the dilemma the administration has is they've gone into this on the grounds of duty to protect, to try to protect, the people of Libya from this dictator who is clearly going to kill them in order to maintain his position.
“But in some sense the no-fly zone and all the rest, none of it works until Gadhafi goes, because if he stays the threat of violence lingers,” he continued. “Similarly, the president said it is important to send a message that dictators cannot hold power by attacking their own citizens. That lesson is learned only if Gadhafi goes.”

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