Mullen says stalemate may allow Gaddafi to remain in power in Libya

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 21, 2011 06:10 hrs

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen has admitted that a stalemate could allow Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to remain in power despite facing intenational military action gainst his forces.

He said that the outcome of military action from the air was "very uncertain" and made it clear that the US did not see the goal of Operation Odyssey Dawn as removing the Libyan leader from power, The Telegraph reports.

"The goals are limited. It's not about seeing him go. It's about supporting the United Nations resolution which talked about eliminating his ability to kill his own people," he said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has backed French President Nicolas Sarkozy's statement that the only logical conclusion to the military campaign was the removal of Gaddafi.

US President Barack Obama, however, has recently lowered down his tone on the issue by describing the military action as a "limited military action in Libya in support of an international effort to protect Libyan civilians".

American and European forces had earlier launched a broad campaign of strikes against the Libyan Government, unleashing warplanes and missiles in a military intervention on a scale not seen since the Iraq war. (ANI)