Obama to ABC News: 'Libya was a unique situation'

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Posted: Mar 29, 2011 7:28 PM
Obama to ABC News: 'Libya was a unique situation'

President Barack Obama says he doesn't know if the circumstances that led him to intervene militarily in Libya could be duplicated anyplace else. That comment seems to rule out U.S. involvement in Syria, which is experiencing a wave of popular dissent.

Asked about Syria in an ABC News interview Tuesday, Obama said Libya was a unique situation. He says Moammar Gadhafi (MOO'-ah-mar gah-DAH'-fee) was willing to kill his people, there was an international mandate to act _ including from Arab countries _ and that action had to be swift.

Obama says he considers those criteria when deciding whether to use military force.

What will be consistent, he says, is the message to governments in the Middle East to respect basic freedoms and respond to the legitimate grievances of their people.