Faced with the ever escalating NATO attacks on Tripoli, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claims that top aides of Moammar Gadhafi have been making contact through intermediaries in the hope of negotiating a “transition” deal.
Clinton said the efforts to negotiate were “numerous and continuing” and included contacts with a number of unnamed countries about the possibility of replacing Gadhafi. The claims seemed aimed at bolstering administration claims that the war is working.
Yet, bizarrely, Clinton also insisted that no such deal was possible in the near term, declaring that there is “no clear way forward yet.” In the meantime, NATO will continue with its bombing campaign.
The war in Libya began in mid-March, following a UN resolution authorizing a no-fly zone. This led to a bombing campaign which has been repeatedly escalated, and US officials insisting that it would continue until a regime change.