Kirk calls Gadhafi dictatorship 'terminal'

March 18, 2011

by Tony Arnold and The Associated Press

Illinois U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he thinks Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi doesn't have much time left in power.

The United Nations voted to authorize a no-fly zone over the country. Libya's foreign minister then declared a cease-fire against rebel forces, although there have been reports that the cease-fire isn't being obeyed.

Kirk said NATO forces are now talking about taking military action.

"The Gadhafi dictatorship is now, I think, terminal," Kirk said. "If the rebels are allowed to consolidate a government and then begin to attract people to Benghazi, I don't think the Gadhafi dictatorship can last for long."

Kirk said he would like to see the rebel government defend Benghazi, which he says would be politically fatal to Gadhafi.