AP Fact Check: How The President’s Speech Fits The Facts

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The facts,which were the opposite of what we heard in last night’s speech, are as follows: The U.S. will take a leading role; it appears to be expanding; the President did not make the case to Congress and we have no strategic interests in the area though Europe does; we have not stopped Qadafi’s advance; mass violence has been advancing everywhere against civilians without U.S. intervention. In other words, the speech was merely propaganda and not based in fact.

“OBAMA: “Our most effective alliance, NATO, has taken command of the enforcement of the arms embargo and no-fly zone. … Going forward, the lead in enforcing the no-fly zone and protecting civilians on the ground will transition to our allies and partners, and I am fully confident that our coalition will keep the pressure on Gadhafi’s remaining forces. In that effort, the United States will play a supporting role.”

THE FACTS: As by far the pre-eminent player in NATO, and a nation historically reluctant to put its forces under operational foreign command, the United States will not be taking a back seat in the campaign even as its profile diminishes for public consumption.”

Facts don\’t add up AP Fact Check

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