HAPPENING TODAY: Obama To Make His Case For Libya
WASHINGTON - The White House says U.S. military involvement in Libya does not set a precedent for how the U.S. will handle similar uprisings in other countries throughout the Middle East.
Deputy national security adviser Denis McDonough says the administration judges each situation separately and based on what is in the best interest of the U.S. He says there are no plans for the U.S. to intervene militarily in Syria, where security forces are cracking down on protesters.
McDonough spoke at the White House ahead of President Barack Obama's Monday night speech on his rationale for U.S. military involvement in Libya. Officials are reluctant to discuss details of Obama's speech, including whether Obama would lay out a timeline for ending U.S. military actions.
McDonough did say that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton would be discussing an exit strategy during a key international meeting in London Tuesday.
President Barack Obama is offering Congress and an anxious public his first detailed accounting of his rationale for U.S. military involvement in Libya and perhaps an answer to the burning question: What's next?
>>>His speech, set for 7:30 p.m. EDT Monday, (4:30 pacific) comes after the administration scored an important diplomatic victory. NATO ambassadors on Sunday approved a plan for the alliance to assume from the U.S. command all aerial operations, including ground attacks.
That will help Obama assure the nation he can deliver on his promise that the United States will be a partner in the military action against Libya, but not from the driver's seat. Bickering among NATO members delayed the process.
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