Obama trying to limit military involvement in Libya
March 18th, 2011
07:26 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama trying to limit military involvement in Libya

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama is trying to limit the United States' role in enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya to support aircraft only and is very reluctant to commit any offensive U.S. firepower, a senior U.S. official familiar with the military planning discussions said Friday.

"We will provide the unique capabilities that we can bring to bear to stop the violence against civilians, including enabling our European allies and Arab partners to effectively enforce a no-fly zone," the president said in a nationally televised statement about U.S. military action.


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  1. T'sah from Virginia

    President Obama looked very presidential during this speech. He will NOT start another war but his message was clear!! Other nations, like Britain or France, should take the lead in this and we be there for moral support and help in the AIR only if needed. As long as there is NONE of our TROOPS on the ground – this should go well!

    March 18, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  2. Right Leaning Independent

    Who ever thought that we would be following the French leadership! In a little over two years we have gone from being a leader that countries look to for solutions to a measely follower.. When I think of Obama – a leader does not come to mind...

    March 18, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. DAVE

    finally we have a president who is not a hip shooter "or a wanted dead or alive kind" of thinker with a one track mind. now lets see if all his work pays off by the other muslim countries puting their jet fighters in the air FOR A CHANGE to fight back against muslims killing muslims. lets see if the rest of the world who is always counting on our troops and money to fix things that are important to them really carry it out. the rest of the world is very good at lip service when world problems come at them. the fine work of our president and secratary of state getting the eygptians to pass on information to libya's freedom fighters is very big. its to bad the rest oF the world sat on their hands thinking that they could goat us into another mess that we might not get out of just to benifit them at no cost. having a working brain in the white house is very refreshing for a change. if you had old JOHN 'BOOM BOOM IRAN" McCAIN IN OFFICE RIGHT NOW WE WOULD BE HIP DEEP INTO ANOTHER WAR BY OURSELVES BY NOW!

    March 18, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. terry, va

    Maybe Obummie will put on his superman costume and fly over Libya.....HOPE>>>HOPE>>>HOPE

    March 18, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. Orlando R

    Unlike bush and most republicans, he knows the consequences if we actually send troops and get involved....if !McCain was president no doubt we would be in war with libya

    March 18, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  6. diridi

    good for the nation, the usa...good....all these times, these GOP idiots played with Americans, well it is a long story...send men to Army, bring them back, pay chunk of money every month, they get supressed what they act in capital hill...send military contracts overseas, make money of of these.....cheat American public....now Obama is doing excellent to halt...God bless....we do not need military to Libya, we need infact stringent immigration, and economy...and energy independence, and green energy, and energy efficiency cars...here at home...

    March 18, 2011 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  7. DENNA

    We need to not get involved. I know some Americans think we can, but we cannot be the world police force. We don't have the manpower to protect the Libyan rebels. I wish them well in their quest for freedom, but we cannot take over and run another war and we all know that is what will happen.

    March 18, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  8. kurt

    jimmy carter can help him with the military stuff. two billiant commanders in cheif like obama and carter!? they can teach moamar how to fill out his brackets.

    March 18, 2011 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  9. Mindy Terrel Iowa

    Good job because the US Armed Forces are already stretched too thin in Afghan, Iraq, S Korea etc.

    March 19, 2011 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  10. sb

    I think we should think twice before jumping into the mess in Libya. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that Bush chose not to pay for are a major contributor to our deficit problem. I don't think we can afford to be involved in another war even though Ghadafi is an atrocious leader.

    March 19, 2011 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  11. XWngLady

    Thank you President Obama! Anyone who thinks that the US has the manpower, the resources or the stomach to put our troops in another war in the Middle East right now, is ignorant, has a hidden agenda or is smoking something (or all three).....that would be all of the Republican talking heads right about now....This is not a video game. When Americans die in these wars, we can't just set the replay button or just generate robo-troops to replace them. These are peoples' sons and daughters that we are putting in harm's way. So it better be a good reason (it is), and it better be the absolute last resort before spilling American blood over it. Not to mention the cost of getting into another war, which would only make the deficit/debt problems worse. You did say that you were concerned about the deficit right Republicans? Or are you only concerned about it when it comes to things that you don't like? Rrright.

    March 19, 2011 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  12. diridi

    enough involvement in others affairs...no more wars, no more draining our economy....GOP guys who say war, dump them first....then come back....o.k

    March 19, 2011 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    The US should only provide support, and not military action.

    March 19, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. Marie MD

    Let other countries take the lead. Thanks to the shrub our men and women in the military are at a breaking point!!

    March 19, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. AMERICA 1st

    the USA has not the 1st reason to get into another internal squabble in a raghead cotntry. let them depopulate their own country. we have more important issues within our own borders to address!

    March 19, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |