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President Obama defends Libya intervention

By WKTV News

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has vigorously defended American attacks in Libya during a nationwide address.

Obama declared Monday night that the United States intervened to
prevent a slaughter of civilians that would have stained the
world's conscience and "been a betrayal of who we are" as
Americans.

But he ruled out targeting Moammar Gadhafi, calling that
a mistake that would be as costly as the war in Iraq.

Obama announced that NATO would take command over the entire
Libya operation on Wednesday, keeping his pledge to get the U.S.
out of the lead fast. He offered no estimate on when the conflict
might end and no details about its costs.

In blunt terms, Obama said the U.S.-led response had stopped
Gadhafi's advances and halted a slaughter that could have shaken
the stability of an entire region.

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