Reactions to Obama's address on Libya
March 29th, 2011
08:25 AM ET
7 years ago

Reactions to Obama's address on Libya

(CNN) - In a televised address Monday night, U.S. President Barack Obama explained the reasons he involved the U.S. military in the U.N.-authorized mission in Libya, saying "it was not in our national interest" to let the citizens of a rebel stronghold suffer a massacre at the hands of approaching pro-government forces.

Obama also said that NATO would take full control of the military mission on Wednesday.

Following is a collection of reactions from people including U.S. politicians and political analysts.


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  1. Denny

    We can intervene in other countries where there is strife but we cannot protect our own ranchers on the Mexican border from invasions and murders by illegal thugs coming across our border in droves. In fact the Obama administration sues the State of Arizona for trying to protect it's own citizens from the rats that are invading them. Obama used the word rats to describe certain Lybians. I also use the word rats to describe the same types who are invading our country. Obama protects the Illegal rats but not the citizens of his own country.

    March 29, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  2. elly

    This note is to all right-wing war mongers, "I hoped you all watched the President show you how to be a "Humanitarian" When it comes to making decisions using our Military Forces! Republicans need to understand,You don,t go into countries,"Guns a Blazen" with Lies and no Intel. Hope you have taken "Notes"? We still owe a "Trillion Dollars" from your last "Blunder" and counting?

    March 29, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    More meaningless rhetoric.

    There is NO question, that the US should have stayed out of that conflict.

    March 29, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. Obama 2012

    Great speech. I wish he would get his message across that well all the time. His team needs to do a much better job of defining him and not letting the repubs do it first. Obama 2012!

    March 29, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    The speech made sense to anyone with any common sense. All of this noise about go in and take Ghadaffi out reminds of juveniles on a schoolyard trying to provoke the smart kid into starting a fight.

    March 29, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. BeanerECMO

    The only reason that US force is being used is to protect the petroleum interests of the Europeans. The Europeans and the rest of NATO do not have the capabilities that the US has for enforcing a no-fly zone – Navy Air Arm. That is the only reason that the Europeans were front and center almost immediately when the conflagaration erupted uncontrollably.

    March 29, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. Just Sayin

    It just proves one thing. No matter what your position, progressive liberal, conservative, what ever... the office of the President of the United States demands more than most politicians ever thought they would have to give. Curel Dictators, abusing and killing their own people.... A world response .... In one case we lead the charge and now we are letting others lead the charge. No matter what, we are still the 800 lb gorilla in all this and we will be criticized for doing to much or not enough. You may as well get used to it, when you are the best place in the world to live you are always criticized. It is even true in our own society. People who have worked hard to improve their lives and have become wealthy are reviled for their wealth.... Or in other words.... they are criticized for their work ethic and drive to succeed ...

    March 29, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |