Obama Exploring ‘Full Range of Options’ on Libya
Posted on Mar 3, 2011
President Obama took a moment Thursday, during a news conference at the White House with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, to discuss the crisis in Libya and to indicate somewhat vaguely that he’s exploring “every option that’s out there” in terms of the U.S.’ possible responses. —KA
AFP via Google News:
Accusing Moamer Kadhafi of encouraging violence against his citizens, Obama again called on the Libyan leader to stand down for the good of his country.
“We are looking at every option that’s out there, in addition to the non-military actions that we’ve taken. I want to make sure that those full range of options are available to me,” he said.
A no-fly zone, which US military leaders have warned would necessarily have to be preceded by US air strikes, “is one of the options that we would be looking at.”
Obama said he had authorized the use of US military aircraft to help move refugees who have fled the unrest in Libya, and was sending US teams to the border to help coordinate humanitarian aid efforts.
“I don’t want to be hamstrung,” Obama said. “I want us to be making our decisions based on what’s going to be best for the Libyan people, in consultation with the international community.
White House / Samantha Appleton
President Obama discusses the Libyan situation at the White House on Thursday.