04 Mar 2011
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‘Libya no-fly zone an option’: Obama gives strongest indication yet U.S. forces may be deployed in Middle East 04 Mar 2011 President Barack Obama said today the U.S. was considering enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya. In his strongest remarks yet about the Libya crisis, the President indicated that he was keeping ‘all options open’ including enforcing a controversial no-fly zone with American military aircraft. Speaking at a meeting with Mexican premier Felipe Calderon, he insisted that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi leave office, declaring he had lost his authority to lead.
Obama signals willingness to intervene militarily in Libya 04 Mar 2011 President Obama said Thursday that he had ordered plans giving the U.S. military “full capacity to act, potentially rapidly,” in Libya if the situation there deteriorates. “I don’t want us hamstrung,” Obama said. He cited the possibility of a humanitarian crisis, or “a situation in which defenseless civilians were finding themselves trapped and in great danger,” or “a stalemate that over time could be bloody” if Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi continues to resist international demands that he step down.