Obama signals willingness to arm Libyan rebels
March 29th, 2011
08:45 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama signals willingness to arm Libyan rebels

(CNN) - On a day when opposition forces in Libya suffered battlefield losses, President Barack Obama made clear in interviews Tuesday with the three major U.S. television networks that he was open to arming the rebel fighters.

"I'm not ruling it out, but I'm also not ruling it in," Obama told NBC in one of the separate interviews he gave the day after a nationally televised speech on the Libya situation.


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. guy from NM

    Why dont we drop McCain in Tripoli?

    March 29, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    The last in his class in Annapolis (lower ten anyway) mcnasty. He who lost four or five planes until he disobeyed orders and was shot down to spend the Vietnam war as a POW. Never mind that he unleashed the imbecilic moron from AK on the world.
    Does he really think anyone cares about what he has to say? He lost all credibility back on August of 2008.
    Go home to the desert. The scorpions and black widow spiders are calling. Hear them?????? Oops, no, it's senility coming your way.

    March 29, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. denis

    did you ever think how many lives were saved. GODdid"'
    praise Obama

    March 29, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  4. denis

    whats the matter you can't handle the truth

    March 29, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    This non-committal response we are seeing in Libya looks an awful lot like Bill Clinton lobbing a couple cruise missiles at the abandoned Al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan in August 1998. That didn't work out so well, did it?

    March 29, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. Katie

    Very interesting about how he continues to plan to do a lot of things in Libya, yet nothing for our true domestic problems. Instead, he focuses on things that he feels will get him re-elected. Hm...

    March 29, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  7. duckbutter

    another day.....another different policy...get the troops away from this disaster.. no more wasted american lives....

    March 29, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA


    DON'T WE EVER EVER LEARN???????!!!!!!!!!!!

    Gosh Darn it Obama, why are you bowing to people like McCain and Lieberman, both of whom need to go to their own states and never grace us with their presence ever again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 29, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  9. 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. And now that we know there are Al Qaeda links with the rebels and the Muslim Brotherhood is
    insinuating itself with the rebels; how near are we to coordinating actions with the rebels, AQIL & MBIL as well as
    probably arming of that group? Do ya think AQ is going to backoff against the western world any time soon?

    March 29, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  10. Name king

    Obama need to supply the rebels with weapons, I know the repugs will cry out that most of the rebels are alquada affiliates, but imagine how much minds and ideologies this will change. Those folks will start seeing America in a different way that what they have taught, you never know, they might even inform America where the next alquada attacks might be, hell they might even tell us where bin Ladin is.

    March 29, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  11. terry,va

    Get back under your desk and let the Libyan patriots handle the job. Spineless...........

    March 29, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  12. California Conservative

    You mean Obama's willingness to arm Al-Qaeda and hezbollah.

    Get the title correct CNN.

    March 29, 2011 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  13. T'sah from Virginia

    “…when opposition forces in Libya suffered battlefield losses…”
    President Barack Obama made clear…” he might arm the rebel forces!!
    "I'm not ruling it out, but I'm also not ruling it in"
    And OMG just watch how the RIGHT and MEDIA spin!!!

    Before you start going into convulsions just let me say
    Remember the rebels stated that they were willing to pay?
    We also have Gaddafi’s $billions$ sitting in the bank
    I am sure it can be used and we’ll have the Rebels to thank!!!

    Let the hating begin from the RGIHT who agrees but don’t agree – only because it happened 8 days ago and not tomorrow – and if it happens NOW they will be for it next week – but only if they were told yesterday!!!

    March 29, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  14. jerry

    Arms for oil eh?

    March 30, 2011 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  15. Ben

    Aww hellz no!!

    We can't arm the Libyan rebels. There are jihadists among the rebels, and if we arm them, it's the Mujahadeen all over again. We might as well sail a warship to Yemen now and sink it ourselves!

    March 30, 2011 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  16. jules sand-perkins

    Is the vague possibility of our ground involvement in Libya the reason that it's taking Log Cabin REPUBLICANS to urge Obama to stop urging the delay in booting out DADT?
    The President has been known to rescind his promises to those who support him. Is Obama going after Santorum's vote for a second term as president?

    March 30, 2011 03:58 am at 3:58 am |