“I think it’s also important to note that the way that the U.S. took leadership and managed this process ensures international legitimacy and ensures that our partners, members of the international coalition are bearing the burden of following through on the mission, as well. Because, as you know, in the past there have been times where the United States acted unilaterally or did not have full international support, and as a consequence typically it was the United States military that ended up bearing the entire burden.”

Text of remarks here

President Obama leads a briefing on the current situation in Libya, with National Security Advisor Tom Donilon aboard Air Force One, during a secure conference call on the flight from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Santiago, Chile

15 Responses to “libya”

  1. 1 Sonjia Duncan
    March 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    How many people are enough to be murdered before it is okay to step in to stop it. When you look at the history of the last 100 years and all of the slain is it enough to just wait and see if it will happen again.

  2. March 21, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I am so sick of CNN right now. I am just so angry :X :X :X :X :X :X :X

    They want to impeach President Obama for following the law and they didn’t even impeach Bush for illegally invading Iraq.

    All of these morons can all go to hell!

      • March 21, 2011 at 7:44 pm

        Chipsticks is it possible to remove that picture of Kucinich. He makes me ill.

        • March 21, 2011 at 7:53 pm

          Sorry Donna! It’s gone – it was actually making my stomach churn too.

          • 6 Dorothy Rissman
            March 21, 2011 at 8:44 pm

            Hey, I am here to rant. Michael Moore, Dennis K, Ralph Nader, Ellsworth are all call for Obama’s head.
            Ed Markey, MA., a guy I happen to like said Obama went into Libya for their oil. What kind of a statement was that for a democrats to make. Shame on him, shame on Dennis. Barney Frank said the Middle East will hate us even more because of this.

            I have yet to hear a repugnunt or dem praise the president. Of coursed they are all teed because Obama did not beg for their permission. Obama has the legal authority through the UN. If you are a member than you follow the UN guidelines when it comes to attacking another country. It is an oath. Well, I guess John Kerry. Cripes. I am mad.

  3. 8 anniebella
    March 21, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Am I mad? You darn right I am. I have already email Kucinich, MSNBC, Ed Schultz, and CNN is next. We who support this President have to pray and speak up. Let these people know we are not standing for it. I am ashame to call myself a Democrat.

  4. 9 Carolyn
    March 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I’ve learned that these people who are popping off right now will be eating their words in a week. Some of these just can’t stand it that they are not president. They want to be heard on everything, whether they have anything worthwhile to say or not. One Congressman is upset because the President didn’t consult them…..They are NOT even in session! They are on one of the Republican led continual recesses, not working, and they want to be consulted…spare me. Let’s see what happens in a week, but they won’t have the decency to say they were wrong. As we have learned, and they should have, the President does not tip his hand. They’re trying to guess the end strategy, the end game, the….blah, blah, blah. Okay, that’s my rant.

  5. 12 cuphalffull
    March 21, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I was just musing today that this decision to act in Libya is creating a dilemma for the Republicans more than for the Democrats. Diversity of opinion is the norm for the Democrats. Its a good day when the various groups can unite around a position and follow through with it. However, the Republicans have proceeded in such a monolithic way for so long and it is getting even worse with the advent of the Tea Party and the threat Fox and the various large corporations hold over them. This action in Libya is like breaking the balls at the beginning of a game of pool for them. I may actually see the day that Rand and Ron Paul join forces with the most outspoken left wing Democrats. There has got to be some cognitive dissonance going on right now. Who are they going to pillory from the Right now? If their vote is split will it make it more difficult to enforce their autocratic maneuvers in other areas?

  6. 15 anniebella
    March 22, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Just tell me what were President Obama to do? I don’t like war either. But if the President had done nothing and the news were to come out weeks from now that thousands of Libyans were murder by Gaddafi thugs, what would people like Moore, Kuninuch, Sestack, Gen. Wesley Clark and all the others be saying?

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