Obama adviser: Nonmilitary means can oust Gadhafi

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Posted: Mar 29, 2011 7:49 AM
Obama adviser: Nonmilitary means can oust Gadhafi

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says there are plenty of "non-military means at our disposal" to oust Libya's Moammar Gadhafi.

Reinforcing President Barack Obama's justification for American intervention in the strife-torn North African nation, Susan Rice tells CBS's "The Early Show" the principal goal is to protect civilians and establish a no-fly zone. She says while the administration believes Gadhafi must go, it doesn't envision a regime-change strategy of the kind the Bush administration used to dump Iraq's Saddam Hussein.

Appearing on the same show, Sen. John McCain said he doesn't believe it's possible "in the short term" to get rid of Gadhafi through non-military means such as economic and diplomatic pressure. McCain says "Gadhafi in power is unacceptable. We should use any means to bring him down."