Obama walks fine line on Gadhafi's future
March 21st, 2011
05:19 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama walks fine line on Gadhafi's future

Santiago, Chile (CNN) - President Barack Obama repeated Monday that Moammar Gadhafi "needs to go," but he acknowledged the Libyan dictator may remain in power for some time because the allied military mission in North Africa has a more narrow mandate of just protecting innocent civilians.

"Our military action is in support of an international mandate from the Security Council that specifically focuses on the humanitarian threat posed by Colonel Gadhafi's people," Obama said at a news conference here.

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  1. California Conservative

    Obama's trying to assasinate him. Plain and simply put.

    March 21, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Yes. Just imagine our President shooting off at the mouth a la Trump sayinghow Gadhafi is worth being screwed over; or like Palin and that Once-a-Maverick-Now-a-Nothing going around saying how we shoudl've jumped in there with both guns blazing so to speak, to hell with Libya's governmental structure.

    It is okay for the average citizen to call Gadhafi a monster, greedy billionaire totally geeked out on drugs and power, an inhuman assassin of his own people, or just calling him for what he is: plain old human excrement. The President of th United States however, has a responsibility to moderate his words and his tone so as not to "re-inflame", if you will, the ill will of the world towards us. If Obama went around shooting off at the mouth like yours truly we'd be in WWIV.

    I for one can appreciate having a President that is mindful of the impact of his words and the consequences that they may have here and abroad. Such a refreshing change of pace from the lil cowboy of the previous administration.

    March 21, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. California Conservative

    Dominican mama 4 Obama – If he's so mindful of his words then everyone that opposes his views are truly "the enemy". So be it.

    March 21, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. diridi

    All I say I love pres. Obama.....I shall vote for him....2012!!!!!!!!!!!!! that's it....

    March 21, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I wonder what our Black Ops are up to these days.....just asking (tee hee).
    Our President is brilliant.
    I hope after his decision was madea that he enjoyed his trip to Brazil, much to the angst of the Right he feels it was more important for him to go around posturing and putting on a sad face then to get the task done and .....move on!!

    March 21, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. FM

    If the slaughtering of innocent people will stop (which is the aim of the whole coalition), he will emerge as a very thoughtful leader. Gaddafi can wait his natural death so long as people will continue to live peacefully.

    March 21, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  7. Tim

    Obama's finely tuned military thought leadership was honed from year's of playing Risk, in an unspecified location, as a child.

    He's the one he's been waiting for.

    March 21, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. stayintrue

    Refreshing -Dominican mama 4 Obama? I don't get that. If Gadhafi is a monster, for instance as Hitler was, why mince words. How many innocents died as the leaders of the world dithered about whether or not to call a monster a monster.
    Too many innocents have died with such wishy-washy thinking. You appreciate all you like, but I would like a MAN OR WOMAN who knows his mind, knows what is moral and right, and leads with that in mind. Otherwise get out of the kitchen.
    Truth is, Obama does not want to take the lead in anything. He is only concerned with winning another term as president.
    God forbid, he should step up, and perhaps offend someone.
    Good luck to you. Mama.

    March 21, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    It’s a THIN line – between the LEFT and RIGHT
    It’s a THIN line – between we KISS or we FIGHT!!
    It’s a THIN line – between “too little too LATE”
    It’s a THIN line – between no longer we’ll WAIT!!

    It’s a THIN line – between the Commander and Chief
    It’s a THIN line – between acting quickly without GRIEF
    It’s a THIN line – between what you need to know!!
    It’s a THIN line – between Ghadafi MUST go!!

    President Obama is a very intelligent man and too smart for most. For all we know, during the time when SOME thought he was doing NOTHING – a plan was in action. About time these SAME CRITICS woke up to GRIPE about NOTHING, it will be OVER!!!

    March 21, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. Diane

    CNN continues to say that Obama said contradictory things regarding Gadhafi. That's not the way I heard it. He said Gadhafi must STEP DOWN. He didn't say we need to take him out. Supporting a no-fly zone is not inconsistent with the President's statement.

    March 21, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  11. jules sand-perkins

    Obama an assassin?
    Obama may have many goals with which I might disagree, but I certainly cannot see any evidence, even in this much supported military action, that the President is trying to assassinate Gadhafi or anybody else.
    I do agree with Obama that it is a good idea to prevent Gadhafi's mass murder of protesting Libyan citizens.
    One usual characteristic of assassins is that they often act entirely alone, or at least almost alone in selecting one Oswald type to pull a trigger.
    No–President Obama is not an wannabe assassin.

    March 21, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |