President Barack Obama made the case for U.S. and NATO involvement in military action against Libya during a speech last night at the National Defense University in Washington D.C..
The President framed the short address in "stark strategic and humanitarian terms," noted USA Today. Obama said the United States could not idly stand by while a tidal wave of democratic aspirations "spreading across the Middle East were 'eclipsed by the darkest form of dictatorship' at the hands" of the murderous Moammar Gadhafi."
President Obama also pushed back against critics who want the U.S. to broaden its mission beyond that narrowly defined by the United Nations Security Council. "To be blunt, we went down that road in Iraq," Obama said. "Regime change there took eight years, thousands of American and Iraqi lives and nearly a trillion dollars. That is not something we can afford to repeat in Libya."
Were you satisfied with the President's response? Or do you believe the U.S. should not have lead yet another military intervention in the Middle East? Watch the full speech AFTER THE JUMP ...