March 30, 2011- American President Barack Obama feels that Libya and the globe would benefit without Moammar Gaddafi in charge of Libya, but that the idea will be sought out without extending the UN mandated mission to include toppling the Libyan leader.
In a speech delivered on Monday night across the nation on television, Obama declared that the American led military operation in Libya had “a responsibility to act” to stop the potential of a huge massacre of Libyan citizens by civil war in the beleaguered country.
“We were faced with the prospect of violence on a horrific scale,” Obama intoned.
The president did repeat that the U.S.A. was entrusted to the UN mandate of protecting Libyan citizens and had no desire of toppling Gaddafi’s regime.
“If we tried to overthrow Gadhafi by force, our coalition would splinter. We would likely have to put U.S. troops on the ground, or risk killing many civilians from the air. The dangers faced by our men and women in uniform would be far greater. So would the costs, and our share of the responsibility for what comes next.
“To be blunt, we went down that road in Iraq. … But 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.”