Obama, him say:
As Commander-in-Chief, I have great confidence in the men and women of our military who will carry out this mission. They carry with them the respect of a grateful nation.
I’m also proud that we are acting as part of a coalition that includes close allies and partners who are prepared to meet their responsibility to protect the people of Libya and uphold the mandate of the international community.
I’ve acted after consulting with my national security team, and Republican and Democratic leaders of Congress. And in the coming hours and days, my administration will keep the American people fully informed. But make no mistake: Today we are part of a broad coalition. We are answering the calls of a threatened people. And we are acting in the interests of the United States and the world.
Considering that this is an act of war, the President has very little to say about any transcendent values like liberty and freedom, democracy or stability. For one reputed to be such a stunning orator, this sounds like something cranked out at the last moment. It must be awfully difficult to guard your words in such a way that repeats no themes of the prior administration.
Aside from the really queer name for the operation and the appearance that he backed into the decision, it was the right thing to do, a week ago. I support it.