By Erica Wisniewski - 10/20/11 05:57 PM EDT
Vice President Biden said Thursday that Moammar Gadhafi is “gone,” being careful not to confirm whether he had been killed, as the Libyan transitional government had reported earlier.
“NATO got it right, and guess what — Libya, Gadhafi, one way or another is gone, whether he’s alive or dead, he’s gone,” Biden said of NATO’s efforts to help defeat the country’s long-time leader.
Biden called the leader “one tough, not so nice guy,” adding that with the defeat of Gadhafi, “Libya has a chance now.”
The vice president was speaking in Plymouth, N.H., on jobs and the economy, but changed course in and question-and-answer session to discuss NATO and the reported death of Gadhafi.
Discussing the Libyan people’s uprising against the Gadhafi regime, Biden praised NATO and U.S. involvement, saying, “We spent $2 billion total and didn’t lose a single life. This is more the prescription for how to deal with the world as we go forward.”