Addressing the nation live tonight from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., President Obama made his case for U.S. military operations in Libya:
Obama said “that the military operations in Libya have succeeded in averting a humanitarian catastrophe,” and he “pledged that the United States would continue to scale back its involvement in the conflict over the coming days.”
“I said that America’s role would be limited; that we would not put ground troops into Libya; that we would focus our unique capabilities on the front end of the operation, and that we would transfer responsibility to our allies and partners,” Mr. Obama said in an evening speech to the nation. “Tonight, we are fulfilling that pledge.”
In his speech the president made it clear that the military operations in Libya are not about “regime change” and this will not be another 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,” Obama said.
I’d still prefer we not be involved in more military action in Libya or anywhere. We’ll see where this goes…