Obama notes irony between peace prize, Libya

AP News
Posted: Mar 22, 2011 8:57 PM
Obama notes irony between peace prize, Libya

President Barack Obama says he's aware that he's a Nobel Peace Prize winner who's launching military airstrikes in Libya. But he thinks Americans don't see a contradiction in him wanting to make sure the Libyan people are not, in his words, "butchered because of a dictator who wants to cling to power."

Obama says he noted the irony in his acceptance speech in 2009.

Visiting El Salvador on Tuesday, he told CNN en Espanol that he's accustomed to being both a commander of armed forces and someone who aspires to peace.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has criticized Obama for joining the international military effort against Libya's longtime leader, Moammar Gadhafi. Chavez says Obama won a peace prize but is pursuing another war in the mold of Iraq and Afghanistan.