Now that Moammar Gadhafi is gone, all eyes are turning to Libya's National Transitional Council. Their challenge: to build a new government and repair the war-ravaged country.
Although the Libyans know that many obstacles lie ahead, a day after Gadhafi's death, the streets of Tripoli still echoed with the sounds of celebratory gunfire, car horns and cheers.
Today on American Morning, Carol Costello sits down with James Rubin, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, to get his advice on how the NTC should proceed – and what assistance they can expect to receive from the United States and NATO.
Arizona Senator John McCain returned from a trip to Libya last week where he met with members of the country's interim governing council and military commanders. On American Morning this morning, Senator McCain says the Libyans should be within weeks or even days of having their 'entire nation secure,' though he admits he is concerned that they do not have a national army. He says we should be helping their wounded becuase "they simply dont have the capabilities to care for these people."
In the interview, the senator also reacts to Dick Cheney's comment over the weekend regarding President Obama's order to kill Anwar Al-Awlaki. McCain says he congratulates the President and his team.
Chris Jeon, a 22 year old math student at the University of California, Los Angeles, didn't exactly have your typical summer vacation.
Jeon bought a plane ticket from Los Angeles to Cairo, took a train to Alexandria and then took buses to Libya to fight with the rebel forces. Speaking no Arabic, Jeon stayed with fighters and families in the area and joined the revolution.
Today on American Morning, Jeon discusses his experience and explains what inspired him to travel to Libya to join up with the rebels in their fight against Moammar Gadhafi.
Following the discovery of a dozen bodies with their hands bound behind their backs near Gadhafi's compound yesterday, the United Nations and its diplomatic partners are calling on Gadhafi and his inner circle to surrender and prevent further bloodshed.
However, the fallen leader continues to urge his loyalists not to surrender. In an audio message that was released Thursday, purportedly from Gadhafi, he states, "Do not leave Tripoli for the rats, do not leave them. Fight them, destroy them."
The National Transitional Council, the rebel leadership, remains determined to discover the whereabouts of Gadhafi and to completely topple his regime with minimal civilian losses.
Today on American Morning, Nicholas Burns, former Under Secretary of State and professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, weighs in on the hunt for Gadhafi and explains how long violence could continue within the city of Tripoli.
Tuesday morning, NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said that the end is near for Moammar Gadhafi's regime, stating that the war is "not over yet, although it's close."
"We continue to watch for flare-ups from around the country, where there are still going to be pockets of resistance," Lungescu explained. "We are also watching the chemical weapons and Scud missiles to make sure they are not used in the endgame."
These comments come as anxiety continues to increase about where Gadhafi's weapons cache will end up after the conflict is over. There are twenty thousand shoulder fired rockets, ten tons of mustard gas, and tons of raw uranium yellowcake in weapons stores in Libya.
Major General James "Spider" Marks comments on which of these weapons are of greatest concern to the United States and explains what role he thinks U.S. intelligence is playing in securing the WMDs on American Morning today. He also weighs in on how NATO and the U.S. military will be involved with the country going forward.
Gadhafi's probable defeat is good news for President Obama, who can now be credited with another foreign policy success in which no American lives were lost and large amounts of money weren't spent.
However, U.S. voters appear to have given little thought to the war in Libya and it is unclear as to whether or not the president's success will make Americans more or less likely to vote for him in 2012.
Approaching election season, the majority of Americans are focused on jobs, with sixty percent of the population citing the economy as their number one concern in an August 5-7 CNN/ORC international poll.
Today on American Morning, Charles Blow, op-ed columnist, joins Will Cain and Ruben Navarrette, CNN contributors, to discuss the president's foreign policy record and jobs plan and to weigh in on the GOP presidential candidates vying for a spot on the 2012 ticket.