Once again, our fragile leader took several days to think things over before he finally made a statement today on the brutal and ongoing massacre in Libya.
Gaddafi forces are shooting protesters dead in the street.
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President Barack Obama condemned the “outrageous” crackdown by Libyan security forces on protesters and said Washington would work with international partners to hold Muammar Gaddafi’s government accountable.
“The suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and it is unacceptable. So are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters,” Obama said in his first public comments on the violence in Libya.
He did not directly criticize Gaddafi and he stopped short of backing sanctions against the oil-producing North African country.
Obama, the first U.S. president to meet Gaddafi, has faced criticism in some quarters for not speaking out sooner, but U.S. officials say they have tempered their response to ensure thousands of Americans in Libya can be safely evacuated.
“We are doing everything we can to protect American citizens. It is my highest priority,” Obama said at the White House.
Considering that Barack Obama believed that genocide would be a better option than keeping US forces in Iraq, it’s really not so surprising that he would wait several days before he spoke out on the Libyan massacre.