Obama : ‘we stopped massacre in Libya’

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  1. pisean282311 profile image65
    pisean282311posted 12 years ago

    President Barack Obama Monday told Americans his actions had stopped a “massacre” in Libya, but warned a military campaign to oust Muammar Qadhafi could repeat the bloodshed and misery of Iraq.

    Obama mounted a firm defense of his decision to launch air strikes and launch a no-fly zone as part of an international coalition to protect civilians after the teetering Arab strongman threatened his own people with a bloodbath.

    He justified the operation as vital to honoring US “interests and values,” rejected claims he had been too slow to act, and made clear to war-weary Americans that the future US role would be limited.

    “In just one month, the United States has worked with our international partners to mobilize a broad coalition, secure an international mandate to protect civilians, stop an advancing army, prevent a massacre, and establish a no-fly Zone with our allies and partners,” Obama said in a televised speech.

    The US leader said he had no choice but to act with international partners after Qadhafi rejected an offer to stop his “campaign of killing” and his forces surged towards the key city of Benghazi.

    “Qadhafi declared that he would show ‘no mercy’ to his own people. He compared them to rats, and threatened to go door to door to inflict punishment,” Obama said.

    “I refused to let that happen.” Obama admitted that there was “no question” that Libya and the world would be better off if Qadhafi went, and vowed to pursue his ouster in a manner that stopped short of a military bid to eject him from power.

    “If we tried to overthrow Qadhafi by force, our coalition would splinter,” he warned. “We would likely have to put US troops on the ground, or risk killing many civilians from the air. To be blunt, we went down that road in Iraq.”

    “Regime change there took eight years, thousands of American and Iraqi lives, and nearly a trillion dollars. That is not something we can afford to repeat in Libya.”

    As international powers begin to contemplate the task of framing a political future in Libya without Qadhafi, Obama warned that they faced a “difficult task.”

    “Forty years of tyranny has left Libya fractured and without strong institutions,” Obama said, calling on the international community to join the Libyan people to build their future.

    The critical address came on the eve of a major international conference on next steps on Libya in London, and as Libyan rebels, aided by coalition bombardments, make quick gains against loyalist forces.

    Obama has faced a rising storm of criticism in recent days, especially from lawmakers who argued they were not fully consulted on the operation.

    Congress has the sole constitutional power to declare war, but Obama aides said they had no time to request authorization as the humanitarian crisis was so acute, and maintain the operation in Libya falls short of full scale war.

    “If the American people are uncertain as to our military objectives in Libya, it’s with good cause,” said Mitch McConnell, the top Senate Republican on Monday.

    “The president has failed to explain up to this point what follows the evident establishment of a no-fly zone over Libya, as it was originally described.

    “Further, the president has articulated a wider political objective of regime change in Libya that is not the stated objective of our military intervention.”


    do you agree with usa's position on libya?

    1. diogenes profile image70
      diogenesposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I think perhaps the Allies are acting because they believe a massacre was about to occur (with the oil in the back of their minds).  But nearly all these interventions have ended badly.  I won't bother to list them, we all know what they were.
      It just doesn't hang right proposing to bomb people to teach them the error of their ways.  I think Gaddafi is a despicable old tyrant, but perhaps not the worst.  Along with any atrocities, he has done a lot of good for Libya (Irrigation, oil, etc.).  There are many worse running around in African states and the Chinese occupation of Tibet has gone unpunished by the west.  There are many more.  Meanwhile, we lend tacit support to Israel and all the rest.
      On balance.  Time will have to tell on this one; we'll see what history writes.  The surprising fact of this to me is to see Cameron emerging as such a hawk!   Bob

      1. pisean282311 profile image65
        pisean282311posted 12 years agoin reply to this

        "Chinese occupation of Tibet has gone unpunished by the west"...west wont dare to mess with china...it would be suicidal...i guess west knows that...

    2. Greek One profile image65
      Greek Oneposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      yes, i agree with the US position in Libya... hope we bomb the hell out of every military vehicle and weapon Ghadafi has... but I alao wish the international community would give the rebels arms as well so that they can take care of the fight on the ground against his goons...

      TRIPOLI, LIBYA—A Libyan woman who burst into a Tripoli hotel to tell foreign journalists how she was gang raped by Moammar Gadhafi's troops will face criminal charges, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.

      The spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim, said the men accused by Iman al-Obeidi are now suing her. A son of a high ranking Libyan official was among those she claimed had raped her, he said.

      “The boys she accused are bringing a case against her because it's a very grave offence to accuse someone of a sexual crime,” Ibrahim told reporters in the Libyan capital.

      Al-Obeidi made headlines when she rushed distraught into Tripoli's Rixos Hotel on Saturday, seeking to speak to foreign media. She claimed she was detained by a number of Gadhafi troops at a Tripoli checkpoint on Wednesday.

      She said they were drinking whisky and handcuffed her, and that 15 men later raped her.

      Al-Obeidi's claim could not be independently verified. The Associated Press only identifies rape victims who volunteer their names.

      As she started to tell her story, al-Obeidi was tackled by waitresses and government minders and dragged away from the hotel, and has since been missing. Her parents claim she is held hostage at Gadhafi's compound in the Libyan capital.

      Libyan authorities have alternately labelled al-Obeidi a drunk, a prostitute and a thief.

      Ibrahim on Tuesday refused to discuss al-Obeidi's whereabouts.

      But in an interview with the AP on Sunday, he had said she was with her sister in the Libyan capital. He also said at the time that police have a file on al-Obeidi for prostitution and petty theft.

      However, al-Obeidi's parents told satellite Al Jazeera TV on Monday that their daughter is a lawyer now pursuing a postgraduate degree.

      The mother said she received a phone call Monday from an unidentified caller, purportedly from the Gadhafi camp, telling her al-Obeidi is held at the Tripoli compound and asking her to instruct her daughter to change the rape claim in return for freedom and other benefits such as cash or a new house.

      The parents lauded their daughter's courage in stepping forward about her ordeal. It was unclear where they spoke from and Al Jazeera did not provide their names.

      The London-based Amnesty International said Monday that al-Obeidi's account was “stomach-churning” and called on Libyan authorities to launch “an independent and impartial investigation” into the case, reveal al-Obeidi's whereabouts and set her free.

  2. lovemychris profile image74
    lovemychrisposted 12 years ago

    Dennis Kucinich:

    "On Libya, I was the first to question whether our involvement was constitutional and productive towards building a more peaceful world. Muammar Gaddafi is a barbaric, backwards leader, but our intervention may not help build peace. We're supporting armed rebels that we know little about, and we're fighting without a clear strategy or understanding about the humanitarian atrocities that predicated our intervention. And while we creep into our third war in the general region, we are ignoring our massive challenges here at home - poverty, retirement security, healthcare, and jobs.

    One thing is clear: we should have a debate about this in Congress, as our constitution requires. We should challenge the conventional wisdom that this war is necessary or that it somehow helps build peace. We simply should not accept, blindly, that war is always necessary and that our nation and our world must persist in a state of violence.

    I am going to continue to speak out to challenge the type of thinking that takes us into war, as I challenged the thinking that took us into Iraq, that keeps us in Afghanistan, and, now, that brings us into Libya.

    It is time that we asked ourselves, once again, "What kind of a country do we want?" If we want a country that's forever on the warpath, well that's what we have right now. But if we want a nation that uses its resources to create a good life for the people in this country while at the same time having the resources to protect America, we can achieve this. And I'm dedicated to that mission."

  3. lovemychris profile image74
    lovemychrisposted 12 years ago

    From a blogger:

    "Well, knock me over with a feather! 'Libyan rebels' to start oil exports soon 27 Mar 2011 Oil fields in rebel-held territory in Libya are producing between 100,000 and 130,000 barrels a day, and the opposition plans to begin exporting oil "in less than a week", a rebel representative said on Sunday. "We are producing about 100,000 to 130,000 barrels a day, we can easily up that to about 300,000 a day," said Ali Tarhoni, the rebel representative responsible for economy, finance and oil, at a news conference. He said the [US-funded] rebel government had agreed an oil contract with Qatar, which would market the crude, and that he expected exports to begin in "less than a week". [Well, at least there's no doubt as to why the USociopaths invaded.]"

    And, Webster Tarpley says the rebels are really CIA trained. One blogger said they were trained in Africa by Xe.
    Think about it...they're pretty proffesional for country rebels.
    But I just don't get Israel's role...why send mercenaries to help Khaddafi? I thought we and Israel were on the same team...the PNAC trail?

    1. pisean282311 profile image65
      pisean282311posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      mercenaries to help Khaddafi?

  4. optimus grimlock profile image60
    optimus grimlockposted 12 years ago

    it did I'm serious just believe Obama he never tells a lie!!!

    1. rhamson profile image72
      rhamsonposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I guess we hold Libya in higher esteem than most other African nations.  The conflicts in these countries are pale in comparison.
      1 Algeria
      2 Angola
      3 Burkina Faso
      4 Burundi
      5 Cameroon
      6 Chad
      7 Comoros
      8 Congo-Brazzaville (Republic of Congo)
      9 Congo-Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo)
      10 Côte d'Ivoire
      11 Djibouti
      12 Egypt
      13 Eritrea
      14 Ethiopia
      15 Gabon
      16 Gambia
      17 Ghana
      18 Guinea-Bissau
      19 Kenya
      20 Lesotho
      21 Liberia
      22 Libya
      23 Madagascar
      24 Mali
      25 Malawi
      26 Mauritania
      27 Mauritius
      28 Morocco
      29 Mozambique
      30 Namibia
      31 Niger
      32 Nigeria
      33 Rwanda
      34 Sao Tome and Principe
      35 Senegal
      36 Sierra Leone
      37 Somalia
      38 South Africa
      39 Sudan
      40 Swaziland
      41 Tanzania
      42 Togo
      43 Tunisia
      44 Uganda
      45 Western Sahara
      46 Zambia
      47 Zimbabwe

      Millions of people have died in these wars.  Why are we all of a sudden so "Interested" in Libya?

      1. pisean282311 profile image65
        pisean282311posted 12 years agoin reply to this

        well obama just put all above names along with libya in chit and mixed it...cameron selected one randomly and gave it to sarkozy ...the name was libya and rest would be history...

  5. knolyourself profile image60
    knolyourselfposted 12 years ago

    "Millions of people have died in these wars.  Why are we all of a sudden so "Interested" in Libya?"
    "Some 40 foreign ministers are taking part in the conference on Tuesday, which is aimed at seeking a plan for Gadhafi's exit from power."
    Divide the spoils.

    1. rhamson profile image72
      rhamsonposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I loved it when Georgie Boy used the term "America's Interests" to qualify his response to any action he started and now the circle is complete with Obama using the same terminology.

      Maybe someday one of these guys will define what "America's Interests" really means.

  6. lady_love158 profile image60
    lady_love158posted 12 years ago

    Obama in Audacity of Hope: "Why invade Iraq and not North Korea or Burma? Why intervene in Bosnia and not Darfur?"
    http://bit.ly/ ghb6DT fieldproducer Syrian State TV

    1. Mighty Mom profile image81
      Mighty Momposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Good one, LaLo! (See rhamson's exhaustive list of places we could intervene -- and that's just Africa!).

      But... obviously the US cannot (nor should/would we want to) intervene in every country's business. We cannot be the saviors of the world. Heck, we're not even saviors to ourselves!

      I think the difference between Libya and Iraq/Afghanistan is that Libya is not a US-LED initiative. We are part of a coalition. This is not US revenge or aggression against perceived imminent threats to our citizens.

      It's nice to see the US actually coming to the table and not owning the table for a change...

      1. rhamson profile image72
        rhamsonposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Yeah, but there is always a hitch.  I have to wonder if by Libya having their cival war it doesn't create some sort of concern by the administration that there may be some competition for the oil we are buying from other countries. We may run into some serious competition from them and that is something we can't afford especially now.

      2. lady_love158 profile image60
        lady_love158posted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Don't kid yourself the US led the assault in Libya

        1. profile image0
          ryankettposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          If they did then it wasn't their idea. Obama was still twiddling his thumbs when Sarkozy first sought the approval of the closest allies to France (the UK) and the UK had teamed up with the French long before Obama got involved.

          It was a minor assault, the US really wasn't needed this time. I wouldn't rule out the US wanted a slice of the pie though, if the west intends to carve up Libya for the oil, that may explain the need for Obama to get involved.

          1. Daniel Carter profile image66
            Daniel Carterposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            Hence the pass on all the other African countries in their tribal genocides. We pass because there's not monetary threat for the US. It's a trouble meant for humanitarian organizations to handle, not government, according to the US.

            We really are driven by the money machines. And Obama is pretty bent on righting the ills of the world with some kind of grand world order scheme. In his mind, he is as benevolent as Khadafi, who helped all the peasants in his country irrigate their crops.

            But this is my jaded view of politics, period. I bash equally both parties of politics in the US.

            1. profile image0
              ryankettposted 12 years agoin reply to this

              It does appear to be a major coincidence that the 'coalition' had just three members, all of whom house major oil corporations.

              The British have got BP and half of Royal Dutch Shell, the French have got Total S.A., the Americans have got Exxon and Chevron.

              So there you go, four oil giants protecting the liberties of the Libyan people*

              * and their profits wink

              1. Greek One profile image65
                Greek Oneposted 12 years agoin reply to this

                the coalition has more than just 3 members

                1. profile image0
                  ryankettposted 12 years agoin reply to this

                  OK, just checked, so they have 5.

                  They also have Canada (pretty much the US), and Italy (Libya was once a colony of Italy).

                  So I just need to add a couple of oil companies then.

                  Italy have Eni (30% owned by the Italian government), Canada has plenty listed on the NASDAQ.

                  So the same sentiments apply, the oil corps attack Gaddafi.

                  1. Greek One profile image65
                    Greek Oneposted 12 years agoin reply to this

                    Nah, less then 5...they have France, so that is pretty much just like the a big brother to the UK.

                    Funny how half of those who are against the effort are claiming that the US has no vital interests in Libya, while the other half are saying the due to oil, the exact opposite is true.

                    As far as the old 'in it for the oil' argument goes, if that was the case, then the last thing that the coalition would want is a long prolonged war in Libya.

                    They would have preferred the stability of a quick Qadhafi victory (which was about to happen by the looks of it), rather than destabilizing the flow of oil and increasing the uncertainty in the region.

      3. Jim Hunter profile image61
        Jim Hunterposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        "This is not US revenge or aggression against perceived imminent threats to our citizens."

        Sooooo, what exactly is OUR National interest in making sure Libya is free from a dictator, he wasn't bothering us.

        1. Greek One profile image65
          Greek Oneposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          please see title of OP's forum topic re "we stopped massacre in Libya"

          1. Jim Hunter profile image61
            Jim Hunterposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            How exactly is that in the interest of the United States?

            There are massacres occurring in Mexico.

            Is that next?

            1. Greek One profile image65
              Greek Oneposted 12 years agoin reply to this

              Maybe it's me.. I always believed that America was willing to stand by those who were being slaughtered for simply standing up for their freedoms. My bad.

              1. Jim Hunter profile image61
                Jim Hunterposted 12 years agoin reply to this

                I'm not willing to send more troops to a country that doesn't like us.

                I'm not willing to relinquish military control to NATO.

                I do not want to see my country involved with France/Britain or any other country unwilling to die for Americans in the way we were willing to die for them.

                1. Greek One profile image65
                  Greek Oneposted 12 years agoin reply to this

                  The leadership doesn't like you... the people want the same freedom you value.

                  NATO is an alliance.  The US is the ultimate 'decider' of how its forces are being deployed.

                  I can't speak for what France or Britain would do.... but I am sure when the war in Wisconsin gears up, Canada will be willing to send in troops (if only to watch the Jays beat the Brewers)

                  1. Jim Hunter profile image61
                    Jim Hunterposted 12 years agoin reply to this

                    "The leadership doesn't like you... the people want the same freedom you value."

                    We fought for ours with a little help from France.

                    So can they.

  7. knolyourself profile image60
    knolyourselfposted 12 years ago

    "Don't kid yourself the US led the assault in Libya". Yes - has, does and will.

  8. profile image0
    ryankettposted 12 years ago

    So Obama is taking the full credit for something that was acually the idea of French prime minister Nicolas Sarkozy? He was the first to propose strategic military strikes, and at the time sought the approval of Nato.

    He had proposed that, as had the British government which followed, long before Obama and his cronies had even mentioned military action in any statement.

    “I refused to let that happen.”. That's called stealing the credit. The French and British sought NATO permission to engage in military action, they got the permission, the US joined them.

    Whilst it is good to see three military allies work together, the French and British would have done it alone if the US preferred, that was pretty clear. So if anybody supports the military action in Libya, and the way that it has been orchostrated thus far, then any platitudes should be directed at this man:


    Who didn't get a pass mention. The French actually did the riskiest part of the operation, the US operated from the safety of the sea, it was the French pilots that had to dodge the anti-aircraft missiles. It is little things like this which really grate on me when it comes to Obama, and perhaps American politics in general, the need to be the heros or the saviours of the world all the time and with little willingness to share or acknowledge the important role played by others.

    I really liked the Sarkozy way, I wouldn't have liked to have seen the American way.

  9. knolyourself profile image60
    knolyourselfposted 12 years ago

    "But this is my jaded view of politics, period." Don't think it is jaded enough to correspond to the deep, dark "Inner Sanctum" truth.

    1. Daniel Carter profile image66
      Daniel Carterposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Deep enough for me. I'll take the higher road and mock as I go.

  10. profile image47
    ShortStoryposted 12 years ago

    Stopped a massacre - except for all those civilians who got massacred while obama dithered. If Sarkozy hadn't finally run out of patience with President "Watch me fill out my brackets while the world falls apart!" there might not be any civilians left there at all by now. As it is we have no idea where the end of this is supposed to be or really who we are 'supporting.' We may be setting the stage for massive humiliation and entrenching Quadaffy more than ever, or creating the next Al Quaeda. No one has a freakin' clue what we are doing, which is what happens when you put an inexerpienced, unqualified community organizer with nerves of memory foam in the White House.

    1. profile image0
      ryankettposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      The French and British were prepared to go ahead without US involvement, if it weren't for the requirement to get NATO permission, Obama probably wouldn't have been consulted.

      But then they wouldn't want the US involved would they? The pie would have been shared between two, and now it is being shared between three.

      Call me cynical if you want, I probably am. But Obama got involved because Chevron and Exxon would have been unhappy if he hadn't.

      1. profile image47
        ShortStoryposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Of course they would want us involved. Where do you think the vast majority of the Tomahawk missiles being used in all this come from? And the logistics and coordinating technology?

        obama initially said nothing, then was afraid to say nothing so he blustered but did nothing, then he was afraid to do nothing but had no idea what to do. So he played golf, danced in Rio, and watched the NCAA tournament until the adults decided for him.

  11. profile image62
    logic,commonsenseposted 12 years ago

    which massacre?  The one of the rebels or the one of Gaddafi's forces?  Is one okay and the other not?
    I have no vital interests in the area according to DOD Gates.

  12. knolyourself profile image60
    knolyourselfposted 12 years ago
  13. knolyourself profile image60
    knolyourselfposted 12 years ago

    ""we stopped massacre in Libya"". The new war doctrine called 'Humanitarian Intervention', as enunciated by Obama yesterday, applicable to any country in the world.

    1. Greek One profile image65
      Greek Oneposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      If the circumstances permit, then the international community should act to help to prevent massacres....

      or should foreign policy not give a damn about that?

      1. Jim Hunter profile image61
        Jim Hunterposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Our foreign policy should be.

        If there is a direct threat to the security of the United States we take action, the rest of the world can go piss up a rope.

        If there is no National security threat we should mind our own business.

  14. knolyourself profile image60
    knolyourselfposted 12 years ago

    "to prevent massacres...." Big demonstrations in Wisconsin. There is going to be a massacre. We better invade. Anybody can say anything. Lets arrest him before commits murder.

    1. Greek One profile image65
      Greek Oneposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      are you seriously equating the situation in Wisconsin with the actions being taken by Gaddafi's army?


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