Obama justifies Libya action

Written by Bloomberg | Updated: Mar 30 2011, 05:32am hrs
President Barack Obama said the US and its allies had to take military action in Libya to avert a massacre of civilians that would have stained the conscience of the world.

In an address to the nation on Monday night, Obama offered a rationale for committing US armed forces in the North African country based on humanitarian ideals and national interests that set clear contrasts to the way his two immediate predecessors responded to foreign crises.

Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries, Obama said at the National Defense University in Washington. The United States of America is different.

Obamas speech was his first televised address directly to the American people justifying his use of force.