“I think it’s very possible that al-Qaida could come in and take advantage of a stalemated situation. But right now, it’s not al-Qaida that motivated this, and it’s not al-Qaida that’s running it,” he said, adding what may have been a dig at President Barack Obama, his opponent in the 2008 presidential contest. “I really fear a stalemate. I hope that Gadhafi goes. I hope that there’s that kind of overthrow from within. But hope is not a strategy.”
Lieberman agreed with the Republicans that “Gadhafi and his family and everybody else near him wakes up every day thinking it is their last.” But he said that a decision to target the Libyan leader directly should be left to the United Nations. He noted, however, his belief that the current U.N. resolution could be interpreted as authorizing such a move.
“Whether we directly target Gadhafi personally, as John McCain said earlier, it’s not easy to do that. But it is possible. And I’d leave that decision to NATO,” he said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.