President Obama’s speech last night has elicited no indication from Qaddafi that he’s willing to end the vicious massacre of his own people. As Elliott Abrams wrote at the Weekly Standard, the president’s speech was “an announcement to Qaddafi that we won’t even get the secretary of State moving for five more days — five more days of likely slaughter.”
And with Qaddafi growing increasingly irrational, those five days have the potential to be far more violent than the crackdowns in Libya so far. Today the leader told Libya state TV that the protesters were “loyal to bin Laden. … This is al-Qaida that the whole world is fighting,” said the Libyan leader. He added that al-Qaeda has “exploited” teenagers by putting “hallucinogenic pills in their coffee with milk, like Nescafe.”
Has Qaddafi completely lost it? Or are his wild claims just a way of setting the stage for launching a bloodier onslaught? Either way, the Libyan leader has made it clear that he’s unwilling to end the carnage anytime soon.