Obama lays out what he calls non-negotiable terms for Libya
President Barack Obama says Libya must pull its troops out of its cities and restore utilities.
March 18th, 2011
02:37 PM ET

Obama lays out what he calls non-negotiable terms for Libya

President Barack Obama said Friday that "left unchecked, we have every reason to believe Gadhafi (will) commit atrocities against his own people" and the surrounding region could be destabilized.

"The democratic values that we stand for would be overrun" and the "words of the international community would be rendered hollow," the president said.

The focus of the United Nations is on protecting innocent civilians and holding Moammar Gadhafi accountable, Obama said.

A cease-fire must be implemented immediately, and Gadhafi's troops must be pulled back from several cities, he said.  Power and water must be restored to those cities, he declared.

"These terms are not negotiable," Obama said.

If Gadhafi doesn't comply, the U.N. resolution will be imposed through military action. The United States will work as part of an international coalition, Obama said, but American troops will not be deployed in Libya.

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  1. MaryMasiLaw

    Perfectly done by President Obama. Ignore any criticism by others who do not understand international law and the U.N. Charter.

    March 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • David M


      March 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cry Baby Gaga

      It is nice to see tha Michelle let him borrow her gnads for the day.

      March 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Why is it now OK to depose a dictator? I guess because the liberals won an election in 2008. Pathetic and hypocritical

      March 18, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      If international law dictates you can no longer use the internet do you do it? Get your head out of the sand.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • puka

      LOL UN chatter.. Libiya is using weapons which US sold to them... think about it...

      March 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      @Mike – sorry, do you think any of us were sorry to see Saddam hang? We weren't a big fan of the 100,000+ Iraqis killed during the insurgency, the lack of preparation by the Bush administration, and the lack of a clear goal.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      What are you his adviser? Nothing but words as usual.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Agreed. I still wonder if this will make the problem worse and legitimize Gadhafis claims that this is simply and outside plot and not a resolution. Make no mistake, this is a game changer and the results might not be what everyone would like.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Did anyone ever consider the fact that this is an internal situation within the country of Libya. Maybe Obama should focus on the U.S.A.'s domestic affairs and not Libya's!!

      March 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • DT74

      @Mary I couldn't agree more. Our government couldn't have handled it any better.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      Actually,,,,, international law does not allow countries to meddle in internal affairs of a country, which a civil war is. In the military we used to jokingly call no fly zones, sovereignty denial zones. There is no lovey dovey international rule that makes it right, just military might and support by other countries. Make no mistake any enforcement of a no fly zone is an actual belligerent act of war on a soveriegn country. I hate Qaddafi and I am a former military officer who is a conservative. But most of all I hate it when liberals chastise military actions done for the good or our country or allies but then turn around and demand military action to aid people they had no care about until they were on the news.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      @The Truth – remind me how Iraq was in America's interests? For that matter, remind me how Iraq was in IRAQ's interest. Didn't 100,000+ civilians die on our watch?

      March 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • R. Jacobs

      Hitler's slaughter of German Jews, gays and others was an internal affair too as was Pol Pot's. The world has learned that saying "it's their problem, not ours" enables megalomaniac leaders to commit genocide. We are I believe becoming kinder human beings as technology shows us that we aren't as different or as separate as we once thought.

      The Libyan people no more deserve to be bombed than those other populations deserved to be gassed or shot. Be proud that Obama is standing up for justice. Not every president has had the courage to do that.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      If I were you,MaryMasiLaw,I'd be ashamed to show these people what a tiny mind I had!!!

      March 18, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jose

    "The United States will work as part of an international coalition, Obama said, but American troops will not be deployed in Libya." Only time will tell if this will be true or not.

    March 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • CalgarySandy

      Walk loudly and carry no stick.

      March 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      *sigh* Reminds me of the Republicans complaining about Clinton not using ground troops in Kosovo... may I note that, unlike that situation, we have an actual armed force on the ground that might be capable of standing up to Gadhafi's forces, if air and artillery is taken out of the equation?

      March 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      He probably will have troops there too,Jose. It's now a matter of time. This cursed Obama is unfit to be President.

      March 18, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Brandon

    I just watched the speech. That was the most determined and stern President Obama I have seen thus far. I cannot believe how crazy Gadhafi has gone but he will get what is coming. Mass murder of innocent civilians cannot have a weak punishment.

    March 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tucker

      Ummm . . . Gadhafi was behind the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. He was crazy long before now, and the bombing definitely falls under the category of "mass murder of innocent civilians."

      Pan Am Flight 103

      March 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      My apologies for not being more specific. I was trying to say he has gotten even crazier, if it is even possible. The bombing was bad, but launching open war against your own, unarmed civilians is even worse in my opinion.

      March 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. WhatThe

    Theres the Barak Obama I know and love.

    March 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Yep, all talk and no action. bravo!!!

      March 18, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bostonly

    America, F- Yeah!!!

    March 18, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jasper


    March 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike


      March 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Clifford Wareham

    Did our prez finally get some ba**s?

    March 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cry Baby Gaga

      Michelle loaned him hers.

      March 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • pat

      Beeg ones and made of brass.

      March 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. will

    Special Forces will be on the ground by the COB in DC.

    March 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. thesaneone

    Mark my words. We are going to libya as "peace keepers" (with guns blazing and our loved ones dying)

    March 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Elroacho

    Yay another war!!

    March 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • OriginalO

      Listen to what he said – this is not a declaration of war. Could it escalate there – sure.

      March 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. T O'Connell

    Bravo! Been waiting for you to finnaly get mad.

    March 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. clarke

    By the rule of the UN laws. Yes we need to help the citizens of Libya.

    March 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. OriginalO

    Well spoken and said. This is how we should go into any kind of military action. We've seen what going it alone or strong arming our allies to go into it gets us in the end.... Nothing. And for those who want us to jump in and spend tons of money – ask yourself – are you also the same one saying cut the budget..... We can't afford to do all this policing alone people.

    March 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • CalgarySandy

      Much of your "policing" is not supported by the UN and its members. You are always up to your necks in some mess created by the US and perpetrated by the US using, often, illegal means. Don't whine about having to do it all on your own when the rest of us did not want you to do it in the first place. Your bunk about being the leader of the Freeworld is just that: bunk. You cannot even take care of your own people and then you waste your resources on illegal wars. Then you have the gall to rag on your allies for not supporting you, calling them cowards.

      Libya has already killed its own people, waiting around for the help the US claims they give everyone who is trying for democracy. So where is Obama getting off saying he might and the US will stop it? Isn't he reading the same news the rest of are? Does he think acting stern is going to get the Colonel out of there? Oh, look at the toothless US claiming to run Gadhafi off.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      @CalgarySandy – why don't we see how toothless the US looks when the bombs start dropping, shall we?

      March 18, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Well said calgary. The poster is nothing but a liberal hack.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Peter

    President Obama doesn't want troops on the ground. Lets see of the war mongering republicans agree.

    March 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Such harsh words for "republicans." Sounds to me like he has counterdicted himself. The Americans will work as part of an international coalition but we will not send troops to lybia. First off, YEAH RIGHT! secondly, if we bomb them from the ocean or drop bombs from planes we are still fighting in lybia. Either way we are sending troops. It will still cost us $$$$$ which is what you "democrats" cry about all the time. Bottom line is if we get involved (which I think we must eventually) we will be doing the dame thing we are in Iraq and Afghanistan. Policing another nation! Only this time, Democrats will stand behind our president becasue he is a democrat....

      March 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Victor

    You are strongest when you use your power wisely rather than rashly. I think it was wise for the President to let the Europeans and Arab league take the lead on this one, instead of seating on the sidelines while Americans spend there lives and treasure solving problems that affect us all

    March 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • CalgarySandy

      If you chose to go to war without the sanction of your allies and the UN then it is your war and not that of the world. It is not up to the rest of the world to follow you around and waste our resources and people on YOUR WARS. That you consider them necessary to the furtherance of the US does not mean we are in the least bit interested in helping you and we are not wrong for following our moral values instead of yours. Look how many lives were lost and how many resources spent on the Vietnam War that no one wanted any part of. Then you spit on your vets when you changed your mind about that war. I bet there are thousands of seniors who are vets and are living on the bleeding edge of poverty and bad health. You are responsible for the death of thousands of Druge because Bush the Elder promised to back them if they rose up against Saddam They did and he walked away from them. I would not want to even admit to being an American on the basis of even one of the illegal messes in Meso and South America. Everything you do has to do with enriching the US. You do not support countries who are struggling unless there is money in it for you.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      @CalgarySandy – except here and now, apparently. I'm sorry for our sins in the past, but at least we seem to be doing this one right. Will you give us the credit for that?

      March 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
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