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President Obama discusses the military intervention in Libya
"As Commander-in-Chief, I face no greater decision than sending our military men and women into harm's way. And the United States should not - and cannot - intervene every time there's a crisis somewhere in the world. But I firmly believe that when innocent people are being brutalized; when someone like Qaddafi threatens a bloodbath that could destabilize an entire region; and when the international community is prepared to come together to save many thousands of lives - then it's in our national interest to act. This is one of those times."
"We're succeeding in our mission. We've taken out Libya's air defenses. Qaddafi's forces are no longer advancing across Libya. In places like Benghazi, a city of some 700,000 that Qaddafi threatened to show 'no mercy,' his forces have been pushed back.
So make no mistake, because we acted quickly, a humanitarian catastrophe has been avoided and the lives of countless civilians - innocent men, women and children - have been saved."
"As I pledged at the outset, the role of American forces has been limited. We're not putting any ground forces into Libya. Our military has provided unique capabilities at the beginning, but this is now a broad international effort.
Our allies and partners are enforcing the no fly zone over Libya and the arms embargo at sea. Key Arab partners like Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have committed aircraft. And as agreed this week, responsibility for this operation is being transferred from the United States to our NATO allies and partners."
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