White House aims to 'install' democracy in Libya 

The White House is shifting toward the more aggressive goal in Libya of ousting President Muammar Gadhafi and "installing a democratic system," actions that fall outside the United Nations Security Council resolution under which an international coalition is now acting, according to a conversation between President Obama and Turkey's prime minister.

Obama and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke late Monday and "underscored their shared commitment to the goal of helping provide the Libyan people an opportunity to transform their country, by installing a democratic system that respects the people's will," according to a White House report on the phone call. 

The rhetoric matches Obama's reiteration on Monday that it is still U.S. policy that "Gadhafi needs to go."

But it is a marked contrast to the U.S.-led military mission as defined by the U.N. resolution.

"There's not a U.N. Security Council resolution mandating regime change in Libya that we're acting to enforce," national security aide Ben Rhodes said Monday. "We're acting to enforce a resolution that has the immediate goal of protecting civilians."

 

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