Biden reacts to Gadhafi news
October 20th, 2011
01:48 PM ET
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Biden reacts to Gadhafi news

Plymouth, New Hampshire (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden lauded NATO for its role in tracking down ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, but said he could not confirm whether the dictator had been killed or captured.

"NATO got it right and guess what? Libya, Gadhafi, one way or another is gone," Biden said Thursday during a question and answer period after a jobs speech in Plymouth, New Hampshire. "Whether he is alive or dead he is gone."

Biden defended the United States' role in the Libyan conflict, a move which came under intense fire from conservatives in the House of Representatives earlier this year. Some members faulted the president for not seeking Congress' approval before joining with NATO in the conflict.

"In this case America spent two billion dollars total and didn't lose a single life. This is more the prescription for how to deal with the world as we go forward than it has been in the past," Biden said. "So this is an example of how the world is beginning to work together a little bit better."


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  1. TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Wow TEApublicans!!! No ground troops, little money spilled and no American lives lost. NATO lead a successful bombing campaign, with the U.S. spearheading that effort. So don't give me the "leading from behind" nonsense. We are not the world police!!! By the way: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 20, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. MTATL67

    Our involvement in the downfall of Gadhafi was one of the best strategies of President Obama. Allowing NATO to take the lead accomplished a few things. 1) No death of American soldiers 2) Showed trust in our allies & prevents a buildup of resentment in them toward us. 3) Allowed us to support and assist Arabs without appearing to dictate an agenda by the intrusive west. The Republican candidates came out against it for pure political reason and now they look foolish because the United States wins on all fronts. I have a friend in England who read some of their remarks and said “God if one of them become President they’d bully their allies to the point no one would want to help the U.S.”. President Obama’s way was the best way sometimes to lead you have to step back and let a friend step forward. President Obama saw this truth just too bad the Republican candidates did not and cannot. Reading the bitterness oozing from the Obama haters is laughable and I love reading it for exactly what it is.

    October 20, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Face the facts: Republicans are not tough on terror. They are not good at national defense and are clueless in the 'war on terror.' I believe the best way to describe republicans is limp wristed.

    October 20, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. GOP = Greed Over People

    Yes, Joe, we agree, it is a BFD!

    October 20, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Mike Dallas

    What no Americans killed, McCain and the GOP is not going to like that!

    October 20, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Joe

    The death of ex-Libyan leader Col. Muammar Khaddafi is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

    After 42 years of a treacherous dictatorship in Libya, the former dictator Col. Khaddafi, has been killed by the opposition that brought down his decades old regime. Khaddafi's death is an end to a terrible time for his people but the beginning of the future for the liberated nation, a future that is very uncertain at this time. Col. Khaddafi had stockpiled a large arsenal of chemical weapons and various other military munitions over the years. The big question today is who is controlling this vast arsenal and could it get into the hands of radical terrorist elements in our world? Another very important question is who is the opposition that brought down Khaddafi? We do know there is a radical Islamic element that played a key role in the overthrow of Khaddafi.

    Of great interest to students of Bible prophecy is the fact that the name of one of the nations that moves in the last days to destroy the Jewish state of Israel is Libya, used in the book of Daniel 11:43 and Ezekiel 38:5. Both of the Jewish prophets Daniel and Ezekiel include Libya in the coalition of nations that endeavor to wipe Israel off the face of the earth in the last days. Libya and the other nations listed in Daniel 11, Ezekiel 38 and Psalm 83 will make their strike on the Jewish state of Israel when there is peace in place in the Middle East (Ezekiel 38:8,11).

    The world stage is indeed set for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

    October 20, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. fred ca

    Uh, yup. Mission accomplished if the idea was to free up thousands of weapons, the serious type, for additional loonies and terrorists to gain access to (this is not a 'tea bag talking point...every media outlet has reported it). Egypt turning radical, Libya on the edge. Yep, another obama success. It has even reached ows Baltimore where women 'may' report sexual assault. Wow are liberals ever demented.

    October 20, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. sortakinda

    Gee, I don't know. Wasn't there something in what used to be 10 Commandments about killing being somehow WRONG? Hey, we're Americans! We're happy to see killing wherever it occurs-abortion, euthanasia, suicide, assassination. If we can't do it ourselves, we enjoy a good killing by someone else, as much as the next guy.

    October 20, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    I'm still waiting for Dick Cheney to pop up somewhere and claim the credit.
    I'm still waiting for John McCain to figure out who he wants that crow cooked.

    I am not waiting for any Republican to give credit where credit is due.
    Expended: Zero lives. Two billion dollars, Eight months.
    Saved: Untold lives, Two trillion dollars. Eighty months, at least.

    October 20, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Patriot

    Well done, Mr. President! Its about time we started letting countries sort out their dictators for themselves. Not one American troop was killed. Teapublicans will be gnashing their teeth in dismay that once again President Obama has shown them how a real world leader operates.

    October 20, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    So Biden would not object to Iran sending hit teams over here to take out our top government officials??? Does he realizes he falls into that category??? Probably not.

    October 20, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    "The world stage is indeed set for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled."

    Not that I believe your nonsense, but how does the death of Gadhafi bring your little Bible fantasy closer to reality?

    October 20, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. DIANA

    WELL DONE MR. PRESIDENT! You could honestly have a "Mission Accomplished" banner behind you wherever you go. You told us the truth – this mission would last months and not years. No American lives lost. Not even Cheney could come out of his cave and claim credit for this. Well done!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 20, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Jason

    Obama allowed misrata to be destroyed by not sending in helicopters and fighter jets that only u.s could have supplied. U.S cameramen were killed in misrata. Obama freed hard core terrorists to yemen and surged troops to afghanistan with restrictions and deaths are way up with u.s troops in afghanistan.

    The conservative leaders of france and uk did the fighting in afghanistan. So the leading from behind depends on conservative leaders in the uk and france.

    October 20, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Please express my apologies to Sen. McCain for having the courage to come out and say the right thing. I will eat the crow.

    October 20, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Hmm, no US soldier casualties, no alienating the rest of the world with a "go it alone" strategy, relatively minor expense for the military operation, terrorist supporting dictator out of power. Let's call this what it is. COMMUNISM! Signed, the nutty right wing.

    October 20, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Mission Accomplished indeed, and our No Drama Obama needs no banner!!!!!!
    Proud American and Obama supporter!

    October 20, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. Jason

    U.S soldiers were on the ground in libya and had to be rescued. So this no troops killed could have gone the other way without the bravery of the troops rescuing them.

    How many troops have been killed by obama's triple surge in afghanistan then not allowing troops to bomb buildings were taliban are firing from and not allow them to be arrested even with weapons unless they are seen firing and no night raids.

    U.S deaths in afghanistan have surged up since Obama. How is egypt going.

    Mubarak and Gadhafi were no friends of iran. Obama administration called that butcher assad a reformer after he had kileld a thousand. The left has kid gloves with syria's assad. Iran is the superpower and the west looks weak when they go after gadhafi but not assad.

    Obama waited for a month and allowed misrata and zintan to be crushed. Then obama didn't allow it to be a quick job and caused a 8 week war into an 8 month war with no helicopters and no fighter jets.

    October 20, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. Jason

    France and UK did all the lifting. France and UK threw out the left and conservative leaders are in charge. Obama administration supports the leftist parties in france and uk.

    If France and UK had been governed by the left there would have been no one to be able to lead from behind.

    So the left wing is basically saying you need conservatives yet credit obama.

    October 20, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Rudy NYC:
    I'm still waiting for John McCain to figure out who he wants that crow cooked
    -------------------------------------------------
    He asked to have it de-boned and pureed lest he CHOKE on it! ;)

    October 20, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |