President Obama Delivers Remarks on the Situation in Libya

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 22, 2011
President Obama Speaks About Libya in Massachusetts

President Barack Obama delivered remarks on Libya on August 22, 2011. President Obama said, "...The situation is still very fluid. There remains a degree of uncertainty and there are still regime elements who pose a threat. But this much is clear: The Qaddafi regime is coming to an end, and the future of Libya is in the hands of its people."

The President continued, "...In just six months, the 42-year reign of Muammar Qaddafi has unraveled. Earlier this year, we were inspired by the peaceful protests that broke out across Libya. This basic and joyful longing for human freedom echoed the voices that we had heard all across the region, from Tunis to Cairo. In the face of these protests, the Qaddafi regime responded with brutal crackdowns. Civilians were murdered in the streets. A campaign of violence was launched against the Libyan people. Qaddafi threatened to hunt peaceful protestors down like rats. As his forces advanced across the country, there existed the potential for wholesale massacres of innocent civilians.

"In the face of this aggression, the international community took action. The United States helped shape a U.N. Security Council resolution that mandated the protection of Libyan civilians. An unprecedented coalition was formed that included the United States, our NATO partners and Arab nations. And in March, the international community launched a military operation to save lives and stop Qaddafi's forces in their tracks.

"In the early days of this intervention the United States provided the bulk of the firepower, and then our friends and allies stepped forward. The Transitional National Council established itself as a credible representative of the Libyan people. And the United States, together with our European allies and friends across the region, recognized the TNC as the legitimate governing authority in Libya.

"Qaddafi was cut off from arms and cash, and his forces were steadily degraded. From Benghazi to Misrata to the western mountains, the Libyan opposition courageously confronted the regime, and the tide turned in their favor.

"Over the last several days, the situation in Libya has reached a tipping point as the opposition increased its coordination from east to west, took town after town, and the people of Tripoli rose up to claim their freedom.

"For over four decades, the Libyan people have lived under the rule of a tyrant who denied them their most basic human rights. Now, the celebrations that we've seen in the streets of Libya shows that the pursuit of human dignity is far stronger than any dictator. I want to emphasize that this is not over yet. As the regime collapses, there is still fierce fighting in some areas, and we have reports of regime elements threatening to continue fighting."

President Obama said, "...As we move forward from this pivotal phase, the opposition should continue to take important steps to bring about a transition that is peaceful, inclusive and just. As the leadership of the TNC has made clear, the rights of all Libyans must be respected. True justice will not come from reprisals and violence; it will come from reconciliation and a Libya that allows its citizens to determine their own destiny.

"In that effort, the United States will be a friend and a partner. We will join with allies and partners to continue the work of safeguarding the people of Libya. As remaining regime elements menace parts of the country, I've directed my team to be in close contact with NATO as well as the United Nations to determine other steps that we can take. To deal with the humanitarian impact, we're working to ensure that critical supplies reach those in need, particularly those who have been wounded."

In closing, President Obama said, "...To our friends and allies, the Libyan intervention demonstrates what the international community can achieve when we stand together as one -- although the efforts in Libya are not yet over. NATO has once more proven that it is the most capable alliance in the world and that its strength comes from both its firepower and the power of our democratic ideals. And the Arab members of our coalition have stepped up and shown what can be achieved when we act together as equal partners. Their actions send a powerful message about the unity of our effort and our support for the future of Libya.

"Finally, the Libyan people: Your courage and character have been unbreakable in the face of a tyrant. An ocean divides us, but we are joined in the basic human longing for freedom, for justice and for dignity. Your revolution is your own, and your sacrifices have been extraordinary. Now, the Libya that you deserve is within your reach. Going forward, we will stay in close coordination with the TNC to support that outcome. And though there will be huge challenges ahead, the extraordinary events in Libya remind us that fear can give way to hope and that the power of people striving for freedom can bring about a brighter day."

You can read the President's complete remarks here.

Comments

Comments

Stanwood N.
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North Carolina, USA
August 23, 2011

Stanwood N. in North Carolina writes:

Freedom to Tunisia, to Egypt, to South Sudan, to Libya. Can your Mr. President bring freedom to #Syria and #Palestine, too? "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_889oBKkNU"

Zharkov
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United States
August 23, 2011

Zharkov in the U.S.A. writes:

Libyans may remember the Gadaffi regime with fond memories after they realize that the Libyan Draft Constitution uses Sharia Law as the ‘Principal Source of Legislation’.

A really bad outcome considering the taxpayer's money invested by us in the Libyan civil war.

If there was a rational policy for the State Department, it should be, "First, Do No Harm."

complete32
August 23, 2011

W.W. writes:

@ John Greece , Mr. President, world leader, other..

Oh come on guys when mussolini wanted to do so to end slavery and bring democracy in the horn of africa and in libya, before allying with the german , france and Uk stopped him with sanction cos Just british and France can colonize ..now China and Soviet union can.

All western colonization plan its documented and written @ cfr or bilderberg or club of rome website.

In all this crazy vision of the future that people of the all seeing eye as per the room at Un it s all written what is actually happening right now...

You know conspirancy or not what is happening is against freedom to enrich Warren buffet mr. morgan the people of rockefeller...

Yeah we won the war stock market goes up....and the poor people of haiti or mexico or in the horn of africa they all die cos of em..

Just visit those official website or see in your administration how they rob to enrich a corrupted financial society ...

AYODELE W.
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New York, USA
August 23, 2011

Ayodele J. in New York writes:

This guy is finally getting what he deserved. Like most coward he does not want to die if not he should have been out there commanding his gang of bandits. The chicken is finally coming home to roost. A big lesson for dictators all over the globe.

Oo_46@yahoo.com
August 23, 2011

O. writes:

people who gave weapons to Libya deokrasi into a polemic that took place the massacre of civilians, that we need to know, the rebels might deliberately engage and provide weapons to civilians. in iran ahmad dinejad time served as president for a second time, there were protests but the government iran democracy protects its citizens, so that by the time the action was a demonstration in iran a democracy run like normal. none at the time that Iranian citizens who use firearms, only those brutal acts strictly by the Iranian government. rebels in Libya by deliberately giving firearms to civilians so that eventually caused many casualties but not from the revolutionaries of the civilians. there should be an emphasis that in the revolutionary democracy is not allowed to use firearms, even heavy weapons, this assertion must be conveyed to the international world. but maa .. may indeed be the fate of civilians libya're not lucky because the tools made ​​by the rebels.

Carolyn
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Nevada, USA
August 24, 2011

Carolyn in Nevada writes:

If the TNC are able to keep the momentum and take Libya, this would be a major win for President Obama and thus the Secretary of State. Let us not forget that it was the Secretary of State for the most part that persuaded Obama to act in the first place. Overall due to his accomplishments in foreign affairs, we should begin to rate Obama on just about the same level as former President H. W. Bush concerning his accomplishments in foreign affairs. I have one recommendation for Obama, his foreign affairs cabinet and staff, and congress. If they are not already doing so, I recommend that they start reading political science and foreign affairs journals.

Roger
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California, USA
August 24, 2011

Roger in California writes:

Obama deserves a lot of credit, but Clinton deserves a lot of credit also if this is successful. Beleave it or not, Clinton provided the peer pressure to make Obama a better President (ie Clinton does not care what other people think when she makes a solid decision). Obama has improved in this facet in not letting outside influences cloud his judgement at least on foreign affairs.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
August 24, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ O. ,

The rebels Are civilians...and since most of them would rather be back at school or at a job I think the best model the TNC could draw a blueprint from is a "national guard" of sorts, all voluntary, trained by professionals, given a "GI bill" of sorts by the transitional / and ultimmately elected government when its stood up; so their service to Libya is recognised and the youth can gain the skills and knowledge needed to build the nation they seek living in peace and prosperity.

Right now things are structured on a rudimentary level by dire neccessity, but they've proved their capacity to organize effectively, now they have a chance to take the next step to protecting and serving all of Libya's people.

@ WW,

Yeah, whatever.....don't believe everything you think.

One of these decades you kids will be able to visit Libya's version of the Smithsonian and see a "technical" with a Soviet rocket pod kluged to a Toyota on display as proof that anything the father of invention is desperate enough to try has been blessed by the mother of invention as a vehical representing the people's creative venture in the persuit of happiness, going through hell and back to carry their aspirations for freedom with.

Don't take it so hard, all that thinking of fantasmic conundrum will just give you a perprtual brain fart...bein' withness to one just now reading that last post of your's.

Just sayin'...like a fart in a whirlwind, all that bunk you say don't mean nothin' to the notion of reality from all the chaff on the ground obscuring your vision in a whirling dervish of conspiracy.

Oh well...

EJ

John P.
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Greece
August 24, 2011

John P. in Greece writes:

@ W.W.

This is the classic W.W. we used to know (CHUCKLE); absolutely off-subject and "in-conspiracy" as always.

My dear friend, there is no possibility to persuade me that U.S.A. gov, Buffet, Morgan, the Rockefellers, or the Bilderberg Club is under the table of this nation's revolution for freedom.

It's pretty obvious that People of Libya chose Democracy after many decades of a Regime's tyranny. Let them be happy and glad about their wise choice to “replace the regime”. And let’s wish that we will have the same results in Syria and Iran.

Concerning this paradox comparative analysis of Mussolini, I really can’t see what this political cartoon of yesterday has to do with today. Sometimes history is simple. This silly politician thought like cooperating with the No1 idiot of the past believing that they would rule the world. He ended up by putting his country and People at the front page of the Word’s History black pages.

What this has to do with Libya? You have every right to believe whatever you think and to express yourself, but I think you are flying off-course.

Naomi
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South Korea
August 24, 2011

Naomi in South Korea writes:

statement

fairytale
August 24, 2011

F.T. writes:

Every hierarchy has the right to defend their right. Just the difference between the specific requirements. But I think that the moderate could not be the only one who were confused. The US still need a long time way.

Sergei O.
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Russia
August 24, 2011

Sergei O. in Russia writes:

There are more "Gaddafis" around the globe. Most of the ramming ones like to camouflage as either true democrats or just a leaders or both.......

palgye
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South Korea
August 24, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

i'm like French President Nicolas Sarkozy

"http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/photogallery/august-2011-phot..."

and
The good news about Libya, but it looks to me that nothing good happens.

However, the

Galaxy Tab tomorrow is a German court ruled. Please, keep tabs Galaxy Production doeeoseo sales came, in Korea's economy has been in progress in the direction that will help. Kind of love it ... I have a feeling we'll be the last article

And,
Damage caused by the earthquake in New York and Washington, do you?

Hyundai Steel's been working about a month, there's nothing to compensate for my mother. Will try to find another job.

And, Blue House interest in the request for my unpaid wages, but ignore That's awesome. They, in their difficult and dangerous situation confront Korea's journalists ytn (www.ytn.co.kr)'ve been at their stories through (in terms of ytn the White House, they think, anglers, and we think that the fish: me is making it difficult), if you see your interest in their work, believe me, is harassing harness. Perhaps, Korea cannibalism incident room, the king receives the help of the peasants,,,

PS
May i have an interest in Libya, I?

'Turned to the stop on the Blue House and ytn. Not trying to help, but I think their use is required by. Perhaps, I thought stupid old man living in the countryside, and if they really want, think again give a smile, that he is thinking.

palgye
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South Korea
August 24, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

earthquake -- who?

John p.
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Greece
August 24, 2011

John P. in Greece writes:

@ Sergei O. in Russia

You are right my friend!

Speaking of "regimes" it's like I get what you see in "your mirror"...

(CHUCKLE)

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
August 24, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Sergei O. in Russia,

What do you think the chances are that Russia will repo all the weapons and tanks they've sold over the years to Assad's regime?

If they are that opposed to a military intervention on the scale of what NATO did in Libya I would think they would find this to be in Russia's interest to do.

Seems to me when your government sells a dictator the means and the tools for him to commit crimes against humanity that Mother Russia bears a lot of responsibility for what happens next, and should do something concrete to protect populastions rather than whine about how others in the family of nations goes about that.

Best regards,

EJ

palgye
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South Korea
August 25, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

President Obama, like Secretary of State to Libya must have a clear stake, I think easy access to Libya. Clearly, the leaders of Libya, they choose someone going to do, as a partner, would be divided into either two or three classes is expected.

and

Apple to Samsung in German, needing negotiatin, i think.

staright63
August 26, 2011

W.W. writes:

@ John

thanks

@ Eric

the real issue is that I don't actually think ... I am uncapable

I don't how and why it is possible but somehow I got the same Vision and flashes of those world leaders at the same time : those vison pop up in my head like pop corns...anyway most of the plan is pubblished at CFR or trialteral official website..

Larry
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South Carolina, USA
August 29, 2011

Larry in South Carolina writes:

Also if the Libya situation pans out to favor American foreign policy. Obama needs to give a special thanks to Senator's McCain and Lindsey Graham. They kept most of the congressional heat off of Obama so he could effectively continue the mission. McCain looked liked the maverick of old (before 2008) before his principles changed during the 20008 election. Senator Graham represents what McCain was before the 2008 elections.

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