March 26th, 2011
12:17 PM ET

In weekly address, Obama makes case for Libya

By: CNN's Jillian Harding

(CNN) - President Obama in his weekly address Saturday said the U.S. military has "made important progress" in the situation in Libya and defended his decision to begin a military operation.

Obama last week gave the order for the United States to begin Operation Odyssey Dawn, a multi phase mission being carried out in coalition with French and British military forces against Moammar Gadhafi's forces, after the nations became convinced that the Libyan leader was not adhering to a United Nations-mandated cease-fire. The United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Qatar, Kuwait and Jordan have also agreed to provide humanitarian or logistical support.

On Saturday Obama said, "I face no greater decision than sending our military men and women into harm's way," and made the case for his decision to engage in Libya.

In the address, which focused entirely on Libya, Obama said the United States should not be involved whenever a catastrophe occurs in the world, but that the humanitarian crisis in Libya as a result of Gadhafi's actions was grounds for intervention, calling it "our responsibility."

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. hsr0601

    It needs to be noted that some critics say the motive behind this intervention comes downs to oil, but much fewer republicans in America get behind it.

    March 27, 2011 at 2:35 am |
  2. Jay in NC

    "sending our military men and women into harm's way" sounds like war to me.
    Turn this around, if President Bush had attacked Libya everyone, including Senator Barry, would call for his impeachment.

    March 27, 2011 at 7:40 am |
  3. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Well I suppose if 'Barry' had also attacked BAGHDAD, IRAQ, everybody would have been calling for his impeachment too, huh? I didn't personally, but I heard some who did call for the impeachment of 'President' Bush, but they twisted, turned, and wiggled out of it! You need to leave PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA alone, stop trying to disparage and dismiss him, because it's stupid. You whiners need to let him be the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, for once! You are looking sadder and sadder, everyday Jay! Give it up!

    March 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm |