(CNN) - Republican presidential candidates responded Monday to the apparent collapse of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's government.
Monday marked "Day 2" in Tripoli for rebel forces as they made gains in the capital. While the whereabouts of Gadhafi were not known, three of his sons were in the custody of rebel forces. Here are the latest developments.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: "The world is about to be rid of Muammar el-Qaddafi, the brutal tyrant who terrorized the Libyan people. It is my hope that Libya will now move toward a representative form of government that supports freedom, human rights, and the rule of law. As a first step, I call on this new government to arrest and extradite the mastermind behind the bombing of Pan Am 103, Abdelbaset Mohmed Ali al-Megrahi, so justice can finally be done."
Texas Gov. Rick Perry: "The crumbling of Muammar Ghadafi's reign, a violent, repressive dictatorship with a history of terrorism, is cause for cautious celebration. The lasting impact of events in Libya will depend on ensuring rebel factions form a unified, civil government that guarantees personal freedoms, and builds a new relationship with the West where we are allies instead of adversaries."
Former Utah Gov. and U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman: "The impending fall of Colonel Gaddafi is one chapter in the developing story of a nation in turmoil. Gaddafi has been a longtime opponent of freedom, and I am hopeful - as the whole world should be - that his defeat is a step toward openness, democracy and human rights for a people who greatly deserve it."
Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania: "Ridding the world of the likes of Gadhafi is a good thing, but this indecisive President had little to do with this triumph. The stated task from the very beginning for this administration was to determine whether the US can positively influence the direction of the successor government. As we have seen in Egypt, the euphoria of toppling a dictator does not always result in more security for us and our allies in the region."
Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota: "I opposed U.S. military involvement in Libya and I am hopeful that our intervention there is about to end. I also hope the progress of events in Libya will ultimately lead to a government that honors the rule of law, respects the people of Libya and their yearning for freedom, and one that will be a good partner to the United States and the international community."
So, what does Representative Ron Paul think about the situation in Libya? That should be the litmus test for Americans.
Khaddafi wasn't shooting at USA aircraft like Saddam was. Obama and the Democrats, liars and hypocrits ALL.
Congratulations, you win the coveted "Foot in your mouth" award!!!
El Dorado Canyon
In response to Quacky bombing a West German night club... Regan planned an ILLEGAL RAID on Lybia for this matter.
So, can we all just say : GOP = hypocrit!
Once again, Santorum ( and the rest of the Repugs) show they have no class whatever. This was a brilliant strategy and a wonderful outcome (how many US Troops died?) for Obama.
Give the President credit; the repubs complained about the strategy now they are applauding the results while still criticizing the President strategy???
Unlike Bush who was chasing rumors at the extreme cost of American lives and trillions of middle class taxpayer dollars (taxes are for the little people), Obama kept the US off the ground and only one of a group of NATO enforcers..... nicely done.... next time, lets just stay out of these affairs completely
And what did the "decisive" Senator Santorum have to do with this outcome? More than the "indecisive" President Obama?
I'm planning a big party to celebrate Elvi's birthday.
I plan to invite John Wayne, from my home town, to be the party clown.
president Obama you are great leader god is smiling down on you. I pray that he keep his loving arms around you and protect you from those satans followers like rick perry, bachman, the two mcain and others.
"Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania: "Ridding the world of the likes of Gadhafi is a good thing, but this indecisive President had little to do with this triumph."
Yeah, it only wouldn't have happened but for him.
Ummmmm..........Ahhhhhhhhhh.......I can see Libia from my backyard?.........Is that right?........Geography is soooo hard.
First, the GOP blasts Obama for leading the enforcement of the No Fly Zone over Libya; now that the mission has succeeded in helping to topple Gadhafi, they are calling him indecisive and downplaying his role. Typical for a Republican to 180 themselves and lie to your face. And also typical for their brainless constituents to eat it up.
Remember why we got into this fray in the first place? Remember Gadhaffi's 'we will kill them in their thousands' promise, or is six months too long for our national attention span? Saving Benghazi from Gadhaffi's psychotic wrath is a "just war" if ever there was one!
Now Rick wants to be friends with the Muslims? Yeah right.
The gop has become so right wing tea party rotten that some are becoming un-american at times. To them this president has done 0 since he took over the presidency. He played the Libya issue right on, but here comes the white right crying in their meth. Ben ladin 0, healthcare 0, Libya 0, dont ask dont tell 0, and he even had the nerve to go on vacation.
"The stated task from the very beginning for this administration was to determine whether the US can positively influence the direction of the successor government." - When did they ever say that? And more to the point, isn't that kind of *their* call? - Anyway, didn't the GOP pass that resolution "disapproving" of Obama's actions in Libya?
And Michelle Bachmann wished Gadhaffi a happy birthday!
All of these guys opposed the intervention back in March, and were hoping since then that it would fail, so that they could use it against Obama. They all said that the rebels were just al-Qaeda clones too. Now they want to seem to be supporters of the Libyan revolution.
Democrat Class Warfare: Khadaffy was a sponsor terrorism. He terrorized his own people. How can you call this war "illegal." When is war ever legal? It is in the interest of the international community that he goes–no matter how. I agree, a bullet to the head is fitting for this tyrant. Good thing the Libyan people did the work with air support from NATO. If you recall, during the Reagan era, Khadaffy's AF tried to take on the US Navy and lost. We sent a few bombs his way to teach him a lesson. Glad this international turd will be gone soon and for good.
Santorum is a pathetic loser. What a complete idiot. Freedom for the Libyan people!