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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Mussa Kussa
New Jersey's two U.S. senators are calling on the Obama administration to question high-level Libyan defectors for any information they have on the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.
The U.S. ambassador to India announced his resignation Thursday, a day after learning that New Delhi dropped two American companies from the competition for a multibillion-dollar defense deal.
Libyan government forces on Tuesday unleashed a withering bombardment of the rebels outside a key oil town, pushing them back despite NATO reports that nearly a third of Moammar Gadhafi's heavy weapons have been destroyed.
Cracks are emerging in Col. Moammar Gadhafi's inner circle, raising the possibility that the Libyan dictator's grip on power may be weakening after 42 years.
A senior Libyan official said Thursday he is resigning his post, the second high-profile defection from Col. Moammar Gadhafi's regime in as many days.
Britain on Thursday refused to offer Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa immunity from prosecution after his apparent defection but said his departure would hearten rebels fighting to topple Col. Moammar Gadhafi's regime.
Libyan dissidents and relatives of those killed in the bombing of an airliner over Scotland in 1988 said Thursday that Col. Moammar Gadhafi's former foreign minister must be held accountable for his suspected role in acts of terrorism, despite his defection from the regime.
Libya's foreign minister and one of Col. Moammar Gadhafi's closest henchmen, Musa Kusa, defected to Britain on Wednesday, according to the British Foreign Office and U.S. officials.
Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa arrived in the U.K. on Wednesday and is resigning from his post, Britain's government said.
Libya declared an immediate cease-fire Friday, trying to fend off international military intervention after the U.N. authorized a no-fly zone and "all necessary measures" to prevent the regime from striking its own people. A rebel spokesman said Moammar Gadhafi's forces were still shelling two cities.
Western security and intelligence officials monitoring the unfolding events in Libya are closely watching Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa, the former Libyan intelligence chief and close confidant of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.