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. Zach

    Obama is a boss

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

    I did not hear any of this latest Big tough talking prez...but I would be willing to be that we get our AZZ knocked in the dirt this time and the EMPTY SUIT will yet again be to blame!!!

    March 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bert

    I thought the text of the speech was fine but President Obama sounded like he was trying to convince himself that it was the right thing to do.

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

      I don't really think it's a bad thing to have a President who seems unhappy to use military force, as opposed to gleeful abandon.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. notayesman

    in my post above, second half of my sentence...I would be willing to bet that we get our...

    March 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. puka

    Cant USA mind their own business!!! and let UN do there work. My view is that USA or other countries must not interfere internal affairs of other countries. Leaders of their (Libiya, Bahrain & Ect.) countries are responsible for their citizens. All of the well know press organizations (CNN, BBC & Al Jazeera & etc.) are not showing the cases as 100%. They cover only the part that they can cover.
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    March 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Phillip Brame

    The president is no ones fool !!! He understood and understands that there are people in this country who would have us asault Libiya. POTUS has proven to the people of the United States that he will do what need to be done in the past. We cheer and poke our chest out but forget the very next day what he accomplished. This POTUS is one of the best we have ever had in this country yet there are some who will not give him his due. He is damned if he does and damned if he don't. Give the man a shot he has only been the president for 2 years now, he can not fix in 2 years what has taken decades to destroy. No one could have done a better job.

    March 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tucker

    "Obama is awesome." You guys are hilarious.

    This should have been done weeks ago. The rebel forces had backed Gadhafi and his forces into northwestern Libya, in Tripoli. Now, instead of enforcing a no fly zone over a corner of the country, we have allowed Gadhafi's forces to recapature 90% of the country. Basically, only Benghazi is left to defend. This could have been done without troops, but not now. Be sure to reelect this joker in 2012.

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

      @Tucker – I'm going to guess you didn't watch the speech. For your information, Obama required as part of any ceasefire that Gadhafi *PULLS BACK* from those areas. He said those terms were non-negotiable. He just called Gadhafi's bluff on this ceasefire business. You tool.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      @Jon – so I guess this late speech will un-kill all the people and un-destroy all the infrastructure targeted by Gadhafi already? You've got to be kidding.

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

      @matt – no. For that matter, I don't expect Gadhafi will agree to pull back his forces – then again, let's face it, there was no chance at all he was serious about a ceasefire anyway. But you know what? It's better Obama took the time to go about this through diplomacy rather than having this explode in our faces, the way Iraq did.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tucker

      @Jon – Check yourself. So, Gadhafi and his forces will just roll back from what they have recaptured in the last few weeks (i.e., 80% of Libya)? If Gadhafi rolls back the tanks, how do you know he has pulled back the actual forces? This, for the most part, is a civil war. The enemy can easily blend in with a Libyan citizen (think Egypt or Afghanistan). And, what happens if Obama did call Gadhafi's bluff? Is Obama going to go teach Gadhafi a lesson with those ground forces he just promised not to deploy? You don't really think the international community is going to put enough boots on the ground to do this without us, do you?

      You should probably stick to worrying about your collective bargaining rights.

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

      @Tucker – the tanks and the equipment have been what have been working in Gadhafi's favor. The rebels will have to handle the infantry. And I expect Obama to teach Gadhafi using the air power this entire resolution was about. All we're doing is evening up the playing field – winning the game will still be up to the people of Libya.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim

    Our President is a brilliant leader! He has done exactly what is necessary in this crisis, i.e. not intervene unilaterally or "use a big stick" (as Newt Gringrich wants), but work with our allies, the UN and Arab League to advance the causes of human rights, democracy and the rule of interational law. I am proud to be an American behind our President!

    March 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. notayesman

    OBUMPKIN is full of shytt!

    March 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Deception

    Global Elites going in under disguise of humanitarian aid. This is the globalists taking us to war to gain control of the region and their resources.

    Ask yourself a question

    Where have the so called rebels attained their weapons over the past couple weeks?

    The middle east is a chess board and they are attempting to dominate each country one at a time.

    Who is the next puppet leader up for consideration in Egypt non other than one of their own Mohamed ElBaradei.

    So what they are doing is going in illegally taking over countries and putting in their people. Watch to see which one of their puppets they put in place for Libya.

    People turn off CNN for a while turn to alternative media due your research and you will see why things are happening the way they are in the middle east. Then come back to check the facts against CNN and other TV media. By doing this you will see the lies and disinformation. It took me a while to figure this out but now I feel like a blind person that can now see if multiple colors.

    Please wake up and research from all sources online.

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

      "Where have the so called rebels attained their weapons over the past couple weeks?"

      From Gadhafi's forces, for the most part. On top of that, this is Africa we're talking about. AK-47s go for about $75 in most markets, from what I hear.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. steebu

    I just had a dream, that Gee-Dub Bush said "The US will work as part of an International Coalition" before he gave the order to invade Iraq with Britain and The Republic of Tonga.

    March 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. notayesman

    OBUMPKIN always speaks like he is trying to convince himself it it the right thing to do. Then he sits on his hands and lets his Congress tell him what to do.

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

      Gee, it's almost as if he knows that his actions might get some of our soldiers killed, and is worried about that. Who knew?

      March 18, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rone

    The true power of an American President was properly and succinctly displayed. President Obama just made one of the best statements of his career. I can't wait to post again when republicans deny that this was the best move. Reagan tried to get this maniac out of power and was unsuccessful. Maybe with some allies we can finish the job.

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

      I agree. I do not know why people claim that Obama and the democrats have expanded the government, and then they turn around say they want more action from the President. President Obama has played this right.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. J.Glenn

    This is like saying If you don't behave, We will start bombing your air bases at 3:00 Sat . March - --.So get your War machine ready.

    March 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Percy

    This will NEVER work without some nation putting boots on the ground,let the Arab league do it !!
    Watch and see, time will prove this fact to be correct.

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

      Seems to have worked out okay – eh, relatively speaking – in Kosovo.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Percy

      Forgot to mention that asking them to withdraw from several cities is a real HOOT. They will just lose the uniforms and dress in civvies. They will continue to stay a step ahead of the UN. It will take someone’s foot print to get it done for sure

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

      @Percy – which means that it turns into an infantry slugfest between the rebels and the government's paid mercenaries – without artillery support, or air support, or helicopters, or any of the other equipment that's really turned the tide for Gadhafi. Sounds good to me.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
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