Obama makes his case for U.S. intervention in Libya
March 28th, 2011
08:52 PM ET
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Obama makes his case for U.S. intervention in Libya

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama made his case Monday night for intervention in Libya, addressing the nation amid tough calls for him to clarify the United States' role in the U.N.-authorized military mission.

Both Democrats and Republicans have criticized the president's policy in the war-torn North African nation. Among other things, they have questioned the purpose of the mission, as well as its cost, endgame, and consequences for the broader Arab world.

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  1. ABM

    Mr. President – You are the Commander-In-Chief! Please continue the great job regardless of what the crybabies are saying. They would not have the first clue what to do if they were in your shoes.

    March 28, 2011 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  2. Kathryn VonGethicker

    I honestly believe the President's speech tonight put things in prospetive for the American people and all the world alike. We are working withing the mandates of Nato and regional request for assistance. I believe also that in stating that we would not remove Gadhafi by military force, in essence stated that the people of Libya are responsible for their own democracy. This is something that shouldn't be handed to them or any other country. Fight for freedom yourself and you will fight harder to keep it.

    March 28, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. duckbutter

    we do not belong there period.... get all of our troops home from the middle east.... obama is george bush 3.....

    March 28, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  4. munchmom

    He has a case????? He should have presented it BEFORE he decided to start shooting in Libya.

    March 28, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  5. New Age Independant

    “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”

    ~Obama
    Dec 20, 2007

    March 28, 2011 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    The decision to let other people finish this will come back and bite him. It's a bad idea. Don't start something you can't finish. Ghadafi will win with this approach.

    March 28, 2011 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  7. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Your doing a great job Mr. President.

    March 28, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  8. Tom

    This is the best political theater in YEARS. Pelosi and Reid trying to pretend that THIS time, it is OK to invade a brutal Arab dictatorship to save the people. And, the reason it is ok this time? He only killed a few thousand people....not millions! LOL. How does Obama spell Iraq? L I B Y A.

    March 28, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  9. The D

    What a lacking and confusing speech. Didn't address any of the major concerns about Libya. Humanitarian? didn't know that requires the firing of missiles. What is our mission there? Oops, missed to answer that question I guess.

    I am done with this guy. His incompetence is appalling.

    March 29, 2011 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  10. NYC REPUB

    Obama is a centrist......I love it.
    Obama/Biden 2012......

    March 29, 2011 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  11. Name king

    Obama did a good job on clarity, and reasons, although I found myself agreeing with McCain last night, when your in a fight concept is vital, don't give your opponent no chance to make him think their is any chance of winning, because he will go for it every time. I know this is NATO mandate, and it would be illegal to stray from what NATO wants and do your own thing, especially admitting it. But the whole world knows what the real mission is all about, which is to remove khadafy, so we need to not mention about NATO mandate too often.

    March 29, 2011 07:10 am at 7:10 am |