At her speech this afternoon in San Francisco, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said “the world is a better place” with the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi and she hopes the regime that replaces him will be a good partner to the United States, but she still believes U.S. involvement in the fighting there because there was “not a clearly stated national interest.”
Other politicians are weighing in on Gadhafi’s slaying, too.
From U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.:
“The Libyan people, with the support of the international community, have rid themselves of a brutal tyrant who was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and thousands of his own citizens.
“We now look to the Libyan people to build a more democratic state that respects the rights of its citizens. I commend the President, the U.S. military and our allies for their efforts to help the Libyans bring an end to the oppression and horrific atrocities committed by Moammar Gaddafi’s regime.”
From GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney (as spoken on an Iowa talk radio show):
“I have seen those reports and if accurate I think the response is ‘About time.’ This was a tyrant who has been killing his own people and of course is responsible for the lives of American citizens lost in the Lockerbie attack. And I think people across the world recognize that the world is a better place without Muammar Qaddafi.”
From Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough:
“After four decades of iron fist, brutal dictatorship, the Libyan people finally have an opportunity to install a government that respects and represents the right of its citizens. As democratic movements are spreading across the world, I am hopeful that Libya will move towards becoming a peaceful and prosperous member of the global community.”
From Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove:
“For decades, Colonel Qaddafi led a brutal regime that murdered, maimed, tortured, intimidated, and imprisoned the Libyan people. Qaddafi also invaded neighboring countries and sponsored terrorism around the world – including the murder of 270 innocent people, among them 189 Americans, in the infamous Lockerbie airplane bombing. I am hopeful that Qaddafi’s demise marks a new, brighter chapter for the Libyan people.
“I commend President Obama’s administration for leading an international mission in Libya that prevented the massacre of thousands of innocent civilians with minimal risk to American lives. President Obama and his national security team have admirably focused on promoting a swift end to this conflict and on transitioning to a democratic government.
“The herculean struggle for a prosperous, peaceful, and democratic Libya continues, and it must be led by the Libyan people. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, I learned that Americans can support other countries on the road to democracy, but we cannot be the ones to bring about change. Our role now is to offer counsel and aid as the Libyan people turn a page in their history.
“I believe future historians will look back at our intervention to prevent genocide in Libya as a moment when America the country lived up to America the idea.”