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Obama: U.S. had responsibility to act in Libya

Publié par Clifford Armion le 29/03/2011

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"President Obama delivered a broad defense Monday of his decision to intervene in Libya and of his leadership style, arguing that the United States has a strategic interest in preventing the killing of civilians around the world and that it must do so in partnership with other nations.

"Speaking at the National Defense University, Obama used his first televised address since military operations began in Libya nine days ago to outline a moral rationale for intervention in civil conflicts such as the push underway to topple Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi.

"Facing accusations that he has not explained the United States' interest in Libya's war, Obama said the nation had a responsibility to prevent a mass killing after Gaddafi pledged to carry out a brutal reprisal campaign against civilians in rebel-held territory. He emphasized that the mission was undertaken with the United States' closest allies, and that command of the military operation will be transferred to NATO on Wednesday."

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"Obama: U.S. had responsibility to act in Libya", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2011. Consulté le 25/05/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/obama-u-s-had-responsibility-to-act-in-libya