Qaddafi's Cease-Fire Dismissed by White House

Not backed up by any action, it was deemed "not credible."

Muammar Qaddafi

Libya's Muammar Qaddafi proposed a cease-fire in his fight with the country's rebels, but the Washington Post reports that the White House has dismissed it "not credible."

Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes says that such offers must be backed up by action, and this one was not: The Libyan government isn't complying with the U.N. resolution that authorized a military operation to protect the Libyan people from forces loyal to Qaddafi. Rhodes, speaking from France, where President Barack Obama is attending an international summit, made clear that the effort to drive Qaddafi from power will continue.

Spain said Thursday that it had received a message from Libya's prime minister offering an immediate cease-fire. The country supports the European Union's position, which is that any cease-fire must be credible, verifiable and include all Libyan troops returning to their barracks.

For the sake of the people of Libya, we hope Qaddafi gives it anther shot, keeping in mind the message learned today: For a cease-fire to be taken seriously, you have to actually be willing to cease firing.

Read more at the Washington Post.

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