Via the BBC’s live stream:
1745: There’s been a lot of talk about America’s relatively muted response to the Libya unrest. Reuters speculates that the US wants to get the several thousand Americans who live in Libya out of the country before criticising Col Gaddafi.
1746: David Mack, a retired US diplomat, tells Reuters: “It was unquestionably necessary to assure the safety of Americans before taking the kind of very strong rhetorical position that I expect you are going to hear in the coming days.”
Although it should be noted that this hasn’t kept other countries from condemning the regime harshly before getting their citizens out.
The BBC’s Kim Ghattas reports that the US State Department said a charter to evacuate US citizens was not granted permission to land in Tripoli.
Reuters reports that the US is considering a range of measures, including sanctions, but no decision has been reached as of yet.