March 3rd, 2011
03:45 PM ET

Obama OKs use of U.S. planes to move refugees who left Libya

By Tom Cohen, CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama said Thursday he authorized the use of U.S. military and civilian aircraft to help return to Egypt those Egyptian citizens who have fled to Tunisia to escape unrest in neighboring Libya.

At a joint news conference with visiting Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Obama said the United States is examining a "full range of options" in the Libyan crisis.

For the first time since the Libyan crisis began, Obama cited Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi by name in a public statement, saying, "The violence must stop. Moammar Gadhafi has lost legitimacy to lead, and he must leave. Those who perpetrate violence against the Libyan people will be held accountable, and the aspirations of the Libyan people for freedom, democracy and dignity must be met."

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  1. Harry

    “On health care”Whatever the pluibc opinion stands of its percentage, multiply that with 2 and then see if the plan stands for the wise heads to pass because maturity of wisdom should not be seen of its static position when change presents itself through an able being of life. Incidentally that is not Obama entirely but is the surplus that stands behind him and America to be in glory in times to come? This is an uncategorized comment on health care where perhaps America’s elite might feel that no outside power has a right to speak on the internal affairs of America and its rule? Sorry, it is not me conveying this but Krishna for America in human terms of its development.

    April 2, 2012 at 6:31 am |