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Mar282011

Obama to Address Nation on US Involvement in Libya Monday Night

White House/Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama likely gave a preview Saturday of what he'll say Monday night when he addresses the nation about the United States' decision to intervene militarily in Libya.

In joining allies to establish a no-fly zone over Libya, "a humanitarian catastrophe has been avoided and the lives of countless civilians innocent men, women and children have been saved," Obama said in his weekly address.

The president asserted that Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi would have shown "no mercy" as his troops were poised to overwhelm the eastern city of Benghazi, where those opposed to his regime make their stronghold.

However, since the international community intervened on March 19, Obama said that Gadhafi's loyalists have been pushed back and the overall mission is "succeeding."

Monday's address will likely reiterate these points and more, as the president updates Americans "on the situation in Libya, including the actions we've taken with allies and partners to protect the Libyan people from the brutality of Moammar Gadhafi, the transition to NATO command and control, and our policy going forward," according to the White House.

Obama will speak at 7:30 p.m. EST.

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