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August 22nd, 2011
10:22 AM ET

Going forward, what role does the U.S. have in Libya?

Moammar Gadhafi's four-decade-long rule over Libya is crumbling as hundreds of rebel fighters move towards the heart of Tripoli and secure control of parts of the capital.

The U.S. State Department reportedly had officials in Benghazi this weekend to talk to rebel leadership about how the country will proceed if Gadhafi is effectively overthrown.

Hisham Melhem, Washington bureau chief for Al-Arabiya Television, discusses what steps the United States is expected to take in establishing relations with a post-Gadhafi Libya.

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August 22nd, 2011
10:21 AM ET

What's next for Libya? Major General James "Spider" Marks weighs in

In a statement Sunday night, President Barack Obama called on Libya's Transitional National Council to pursue "a transition to democracy that is just and inclusive for all of the people of Libya."

However, establishing an effective and representative government will not be easy a in a society riven by deep-seated rivalries and with no experience of democracy.

Today on American Morning, Major General James "Spider" Marks, former commanding general of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center, weighs in on the role that the United States may have in ensuring that a functioning government is established in Libya.

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August 22nd, 2011
10:18 AM ET

How dangerous are the pockets of resistance from Gadhafi loyalists inside Libya?

Celebrations in Tripoli's Green Square gave way to tension this morning after rebels told CNN that they'd heard Gadhafi army forces were heading their way, a possible indication that forces loyal to the dictator remain and that the fight for the country is not over.

Today on American Morning, Nicholas Burns, former Under Secretary of State and Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, discusses the possibility that there may still be some pockets of resistance within Libya's border and weighs in on how much of a threat these loyalists pose to the rebel forces.

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August 22nd, 2011
10:17 AM ET

If the Gadhafi regime falls, who will assume power in Libya? Fouad Ajami weighs in

Many challenges will face the Transitional National Council in a post-Gadhafi Libya, ranging from tribal rivalries and an east-west divide, to a shattered economy and a lack of coherent rebel leadership.

In light of this, the council has produced a blueprint to guide the country through the aftermath of Gadhafi's downfall, intended to lay the groundwork for a democratic political process.

Today on American Morning, Fouad Ajami, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, weighs in on who will be running the country if Gadhafi falls and discusses what the United States knows about the rebel forces that have been fighting to overthrow the dictator.

Sara Sidner also joins the conversation to report breaking news from Tripoli, where the situation within the city was becoming increasingly tense during the broadcast.

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August 22nd, 2011
10:15 AM ET

Where is Gadhafi and is he expected to relinquish his power?

After 42 years in power, rebel forces are set to topple the regime of Moammar Gadhafi. However, the whereabouts of the dictator are still unknown.

Robin Wright, Arab affairs analyst at the Woodrow Wilson Center and author of "Rock the Cashbah," has interviewed Gadhafi in the past. She joins American Morning today to discuss how the dictator may be feeling now that three of his sons have been captured and to weigh in on how the conflict in Libya relates to other revolts throughout the Arab world.

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August 22nd, 2011
05:42 AM ET

Talk Back: Was U.S. involvement in Libya worth it?

Thanks in large part to the intervention of NATO forces, rebel fighters appear to be on the brink of ending Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year rule of Libya this morning, six months after they set out to topple the regime.

Although Libya is celebrating the end of the rule of the cruel dictator, the reaction in the United States is tempered by the fact that our involvement in the conflict was highly controversial.

Liberal Congressman Dennis Kucinich accused President Obama of "an impeachable offense" because Mr. Obama moved forward on Libya without congressional approval, while Republican Senator John McCain said President Obama didn't move fast enough to prevent a long, drawn-out fight for freedom in the country.

Talk Back: Was U.S. involvement in Libya worth it?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on this morning's broadcast.

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