Asked about the possibility that the U.S. would deliver weapons to Libyan rebels, President Obama said, “It’s fair to say that if we wanted to get weapons into Libya we probably could. We’re looking at all our options at this point.” Obama also said that until Moammar Gadhafi’s inner circle indicates that the dictator is ready to step down, “we’re going to keep on applying pressure.”

When asked if he would be satisfied if Gahafi escaped prosecution by a war crimes tribunal, Obama said “that’s not going to be my decision, alone.”

Clearly we’ve come a long way from a no-fly zone.

Sending arms to our favored fighters carries a particular stigma, since that strategy hasn’t always worked out so well. — PZS

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