Gadhafi Asks Obama to End Air War

WASHINGTON (AP) - Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has sent a personal letter to President Barack Obama, seeking an end to what he calls an "unjust war against a small people of a developing country."

In the rambling, three-page letter obtained by The Associated Press, Gadhafi calls Obama "a man who has enough courage to annul a wrong and mistaken action."

The letter, written in English, says Libya has been hurt more"morally" than "physically" by the NATO military campaign.

And although he lists a litany of complaints, Gadhafi says he bears no ill will toward Obama. He says "depite all this you will always remain our son," and says he hopes Obama wins re-election next year.

A U.S. official says the letter, dated yesterday, was sent to the State Department and forwarded immediately to the White House.

White House press secretary Jay Carney confirms that the White House received a letter from Gadhafi.

Word of the letter comes as a former U.S. congressman arrived in Tripoli on what he calls a private mission to urge the Libyan leader to step down. Curt Weldon, a Pennsylvania Republican, says he was invited by Gadhafi.