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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soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. PDub

    Send in the DRONES!!!!

    March 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    If the Arab league is so behind this how come they don't use some of those planes we sold them and take care of this problem their self

    March 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ACH

    its about time

    March 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TorontoR

    Obama is awesome

    March 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. YEAH-RIGHT

    Obama already caved so no he has no B*##s whatsoever.

    March 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MC

    Tell me about international law. For more than forty years, Israel has violated international law and what have the US presdients have done? Nada. Pres Obama said "no more settlement', what did Israel do/ More settlements. Policies are run from Tel Aviv, not Washington or NY.

    March 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      Ye right MC. Like the Jewish people weren't settling the area 4000 years ago.

      March 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      Israel's complicated – and unrelated to this issue. Leave it alone.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Gee I did'nt know Obama was the president of Israel.

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

      thats a good one 😉

      March 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • CalgarySandy

      Dean.
      4000 years ago there were no Jews. If you believe that hogwash about God telling them to commit genocide in order to get the promised land then you are supporting, ah, genocide. There was no coherent group then just a bunch of wandering tribal Semites who are just as likely to be Arabs. The Romans drove them out and the land was lived in for 2000 years by what we would now call Palestinians. Some of those were Jews who did not flee. Before WW2 boat loads of Jews tried to flee Germany. No country would take them. No one liked Jews. They went back and died. After the war the question was what to do with all these displaced people. Ah, ha. Let us take the land away from the Palestinians, put them in concentration camps and move the Jews into the Holy Land. Holy why? Because God told them to commit genocide in the first place. None of the countries in the Middle East approved of moving the Palestinians out and the Jews in so war was inevitable.

      If you do not approve of genocide and concentration camps you cannot approve of the existence of Israel. If you are not a Christian or Jew there is no reason to consider this the Holy Land. The whole thing is based on some myth that this bloodthirsty and hate-mongering tribal God told one tribe to destroy the people; man, woman and child; and their animals so that His little tribe of Semites could take the land. It is also a holy site for Muslims and that story is within written history. They let all pilgrims in, Christian and Jew, until the Christians started up the Crusades and trashed the place so their younger sons would have land.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      @Calgary – you forgot the part where part of the reason the Palestinians are so attached to Jerusalem is for the sake of an interpretation of a single line in the Koran. But hey, why introduce little details like that? It's not like it's a complicated situation or anything, right?

      March 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      The reason this was handled differently and better than Iraq is that we first waited to see if the internal political will was there to overthrow the ruler. Only then does it make sense to support the opposition and only then as part of a strong international coalition. This has been proven and the time is now right to support them. It is debatable whether there was a strong internal opposition in Iraq – yes key segments hated Hussain but key segments in the US also hate Obama (or any sitting president).

      March 18, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ashmil

    The Leader of the "Free World" has spoken. Kahdafi must surrender or face consequences

    March 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dave D

    hide behind a coalition ? that is weak. barry hussein is a joke

    March 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joshua

    Every president gotta have their conflict. It makes them looks good as you can here on the comment board.

    March 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jim

    Ill miss those costumes from Moammar

    March 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. j

    He sounds exactly like George Bush, and all of you sound like Americans pre-Iraq. Much easier to throw stones from the outside looking in, isn't it, Mr. President?

    March 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dean

    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.

    ---------You mean like closing Gitmo? Bet Gadhafi is shaking in his boots because of Obama's words.

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

      Unlike the Republicans in Congress – Obama can use military force against Gadhafi.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rafael

    That is our President !!! GRANDE OBAMA !!!! GRANDE!!!!

    March 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. herb666

    "American troops will not be deployed in Libya." Now there's a line we've never heard before!

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

      Like where? Kosovo. And guess what – troops didn't get deployed. Wow. Strange how that works.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pat

    Strange, though. In the days when we were supporting Saddam Hussein he was a tyrant to his people.

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