Gaddafi to Obama: Hey, call off those airstrikes, OK?

posted at 3:35 pm on April 6, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

With Barack Obama kicking off his re-election campaign this week, he will no doubt seek plenty of endorsements in the coming months to make the case for a second term.  My guess is that Obama won’t mention this one.  The White House confirmed the receipt of a weird, rambling, and at times incoherent letter fr0m Moammar Gaddafi asking President Obama to please stop bombing his military — and wishes him good luck in the next election:

Qaddafi appealed in a letter to President Barack Obama to halt the NATO operation to protect opponents of his regime. The letter, obtained by The Associated Press, implores Obama to stop what he called an “unjust war against a small people of a developing country.” …

“You are a man who has enough courage to annul a wrong and mistaken action,” Qaddafi wrote in the letter that was sent to the State Department and forwarded immediately to the White House, according to a U.S. official who had seen the letter. “I am sure that you are able to shoulder the responsibility for that.”"To serving world peace … Friendship between our peoples … and for the sake of economic, and security cooperation against terror, you are in a position to keep NATO off the Libyan affair for good,” Qaddafi wrote.

If that wasn’t enough of an appeal to Obama’s friendship, Gaddafi decided to cover all his bases.  Usually, though, friends and “sons” know each other’s names:

“Our dear son, Excellency, Baraka Hussein Abu oumama, your intervention is the name of the U.S.A. is a must, so that Nato would withdraw finally from the Libyan affair,” Qaddafi wrote. “Libya should be left to Libyans within the African union frame.” …

“We have been hurt more morally (than) physically because of what had happened against us in both deeds and words by you,” he wrote. “Despite all this you will always remain our son whatever happened. We still pray that you continue to be president of the U.S.A. We Endeavour and hope that you will gain victory in the new election campaigne.”

Needless to say, Obama wasn’t taking the bait.  The White House used the occasion to reiterate its previous position on intervention, which is that Gaddafi’s forces had to stop firing on civilians and pull back from the cities they threaten.  Thus far, there seems to be little chance of that happening, or of Gaddafi pressing his advantage further, either.  In fact, the Washington Post today reported that the situation has become enough of a stalemate that we are already having to consider a de facto partition:

But as weeks stretch into months and progress on the battlefield stalls, this rebel-held area of Libya is settling into its status as a de facto separate state.

Since the February uprising that ended Gaddafi’s rule here, schools and many businesses have remained closed. But police are back on the streets, hospitals are functioning and shops are slowly reopening. Behind the scenes, opposition leaders are feverishly courting international partners as they work to set up a political and economic system for a period of division that some quietly admit may stretch on indefinitely.

A tanker arrived in the rebel-held port of Tobruk on Tuesday to load oil for export, the first time that has happened in nearly three weeks. Although it is unclear whether the rebels will be able to export enough oil to keep the east afloat economically, the tanker’s arrival marked a symbolic step in the rebels’ journey from accidental revolutionaries to governors and statesmen.

And if that becomes the case, then NATO will have to impose its will for months to keep the conflict at a stalemate:

For the United States and other Western powers, the rebel efforts to build the rudiments of a nation in eastern Libya reflect the reality of a military stalemate — one in which NATO could be ensnared for months or more.

That’s true even if the West maintains its effort with a no-fly zone, an effort that appears to be flagging already.  Any withdrawal will mean a Gaddafi-led “invasion” of the eastern region and an end to the partition, unless and until the eastern rebellion can build a military capable of defending against the most recent version of Tripolitania.  That will take years, if possible at all, and won’t happen without the kind of massive arms sales from the West that are currently barred under the UN resolution authorizing the NFZ.

NATO will be tied to Libya for years unless the Gaddafis suddenly die or call it quits.  From the letter — at least as much of it as one can make sense — surrender doesn’t appear to be on Gaddafi’s mind.


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OK, Moammar, you got a deal!

Emperor Norton on April 6, 2011 at 3:40 PM

But the US isn’t doing anything with this anymore, right? Isn’t NATO in charge?

He should have sent the letter to Belgium.

catmman on April 6, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Too bad, muammar, BHO already has the nutjob dictator endorsements lined up across the globe.

mankai on April 6, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Baraka Hussein Abu oumama, hmm, hmm, hmmm…

anikol on April 6, 2011 at 3:41 PM

You are a man who has enough courage to annul a wrong and mistaken action

Heh. Qaddafi don’t know him very well, do he??…

ted c on April 6, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Baraka Hussein Abu oumama soetoro

aquaviva on April 6, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Why isn’t:

Gaddafi Endorses Obama Reelection Bid

a headline?

amerpundit on April 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Has anyone looked for a birth certificate under the name of Baraka Hussein Abu oumama…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 6, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Under the bus with thee!

Hening on April 6, 2011 at 3:48 PM

In an unprecedented act of executive decisionmaking, Obama also deleted Gaddafi’s request to be his Facebook friend.

Cicero43 on April 6, 2011 at 3:49 PM

How did he sign his name? Can he spell that correctly? Does he or anyone know the answer to those questions?

rihar on April 6, 2011 at 3:53 PM

PS “Do it as a fellow Muslim. Anshallah”

William Amos on April 6, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Best Administration, evah! Guess Barry wants to see if he can prolong something as long as Clinton did. Anyone remember Bosnia?

GarandFan on April 6, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Days, not weeks!

stvnscott on April 6, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Come on Barry Soetoro, my brother from another mother, be a pal!

Love,

Muammar Gaddafi

P.S. I signed my last name too just so, well you know, there’s so many Muammar’s out there! Right? ha ha call me bro!

FlatFoot on April 6, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Bill Clinton…”Well at least he didn’t say Hilary in 2012!”

Oil Can on April 6, 2011 at 4:01 PM

“Needless to say, Obama wasn’t taking the bait…”

… but he had “no comment” when asked if was going to return the million dollar campaign donation.

Seven Percent Solution on April 6, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Let us remember this is Obama’s first endorsement since he announced he will run!

IowaWoman on April 6, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Baraka Hussein Abu oumama

Is that the correct Arabic pronunciation?

I think we may have just found out whats on Barry’s Birth Certificate. Oh mama? really? No wonder he went by Sotero when he was a kid.

Rocks on April 6, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Did Gaddafi call Obama “his brother”?

Schadenfreude on April 6, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Allahu Snackbar!

hillbillyjim on April 6, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Excellency, Baraka Hussein Abu oumama

I love this! I’m stealing it and using it from now on.

Shiny_Tiara on April 6, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Let us remember this is Obama’s first endorsement since he announced he will run!

IowaWoman on April 6, 2011 at 4:05 PM

*Winning!*

Shiny_Tiara on April 6, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Let us remember this is Obama’s first endorsement since he announced he will run!

IowaWoman on April 6, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Skittles and pony dealerships up next???/

ted c on April 6, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Obama to Gaddafi: Hey, first just turn over your country to al Quaeda, I mean to the Muslim Brotherhood, I meant to the rebels.

Heckle on April 6, 2011 at 5:20 PM

NATO will be tied to Libya for years unless the Gaddafis suddenly die or call it quits.

So we will be neck deep in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya! Hurrah! Three cheers for the neocons! Hurrah! Only 54 more Islamic Nation Building wars to get into and we will have all 57! Then we can all attack Israel together! Brilliant.

Heckle on April 6, 2011 at 5:24 PM

“Our dear son, Excellency, Baraka Hussein Abu oumama

I’m guessing this is the name on the birth certificate..

Ann on April 6, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Another misadventure caused by a supposed need for emergency action, and which characterizes the reign of Obama and his democrats.

GaltBlvnAtty on April 6, 2011 at 5:36 PM

How about we split the state and call the eastern portion Palestine?

BKeyser on April 6, 2011 at 5:53 PM

So who does the money from the possible oil exports?

The rebels?

Is this the end run to get at daffies oil?

Don’t get me wrong I would support an offending muzzy nation ripe for conquering if they used terrorism against us

blow up a plane, we take the country and kill any who get in our way

in the end, after a bit of tough love, they would be thankful for the discipline

just can’t let the left encourage them to defy the inevitable

modern man trumps caveman

Sonosam on April 6, 2011 at 10:23 PM