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International Support Precedes Obama’s Shift on Attacking Libya

President Barack Obama walked into the White House Situation Room on March 15, concerned that Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi was crushing his country’s rebellion and seeking ways to stop him from killing his people.

By yesterday, the U.S. military and the U.K. were raining more than 124 Tomahawk cruise missiles on Libyan air defenses. While Obama had declared on March 8 that Qaddafi must go, he was reluctant to back up his words with U.S. military might until other nations stepped up and the United Nations Security Council authorized the use of “all necessary measures” to protect Libyan civilians.