March 28th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Pres. Obama defends U.S. involvement in Libya: Join the Live Chat

Libyan opposition forces make solid advances against Col. Gadhafi’s army. In a prime-time speech, President Obama defended American involvement in the coalition effort. We’ll have the raw politics, the reactions, and the potential midterm effects. Plus, the latest on the volatile situations in Syria and Yemen, and powerful new video of the tsunami hitting Japan.

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  1. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Megan, Isha, Jane, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Lori, Heather, BettyAnn, Starr, Sharon, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Samantha, Jana, Chi, Karyn, Lilly, others and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    See you tomorrow night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!!

    Have a great/good night, Tight sleep & rest,
    See you tomorrow night!

    March 28, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  2. Janis

    Good night everyone. Good show Anderson and AC360 staff and especially CNN international reporters. Stay strong.

    Best blog on the internet.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  3. Sharon Hastings

    Good night everyone. Great to share with all of you.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  4. Carolyn

    Good Night AC360° Team, & Everyone... and a most sincere thanks for another informative and eye-opening show!!!

    March 28, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  5. mona

    I don't think the lady in the lybian hotel is sincere...I am an arab myself,no arab women who had such a tragedy as she had wears makeup and makes such a show infront of cameras..she must be an actor.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Carolyn

    Continued Healing, Soothing, Comforting, Loving Prayers To Japan... Amen!!!

    March 28, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Jim

    Do we really know who the rebels are, not only in Libya but in Syria and other contries as well? The person interviewed from Syria, who said he is a humanitarian freedom fighter, speaking out and identifying himself by name - how do we really know who he is and if this is or is not a potential set-up to gain coalition assistance so that undesireable elements can step in and take over?

    March 28, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  8. Nicole Netherlands

    With this much news and AC360 being this good, I wonder when I am going to sleep for more then 5 hours 😉
    Thanks Anderson for a great show!
    Nic Arwa and crew stay safe, (hope you will find that driver)
    Goodnight bloggers, everyone!

    March 28, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  9. Hoda

    @ MaryBeth

    Welcome to our/their world, even the reporters in Tripoli (sorry, I'm terrible with names), said it's half truth piled on half truth regarding the raped ladies whereabouts,,, Gadhafi and his people have zero respect for the truth, and that's what makes them so weird, that and the fact they are gangster thugs.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  10. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That's so scary video to see Tsunami over the town in Japan, Yikes!!!!!!!!! I have seen that very afraid caught cars and people! 😦

    March 28, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  11. MaryBeth

    @Starr, I don't think the coffee lady was protecting Eman. She was with the lady in the white head scarf who had attacked Eman earlier.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Paula, Colorado

    I pray those in Syria who have the courage to speak out remain safe.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  13. Leonardo, Long Island

    Two points; 1) Keep in mind the mass funeral-it was fake. We have NO idea what is truth from over there.
    2) Rape (as terrible as it is)and any horror will only affect others if the victim allows it to. If I brinbg my horror to you/our relationship then it will be a factor, if I don't, it won't. Don't tell women their life is over-they will never have a good relationship if they were rapped. Try telling them something positive.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  14. Tracy Brown - Canada

    @ Heidi. It is not the U.S. responsibilty to "take out" Gadhafi. Your president made it very clear that you are acting, in concert, with a coalition and the goal of that is to protect the civilians from slaughter. The no fly zone has been able to achieve this, so far, and this paves the way, hopefully, for the Libyans to remove Gadhafi themselves. Whether they can do this or not, remains to be seen. They are not military, just civilians, but they've had enough. So, next, we wait and see what happens.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  15. Carolyn

    Thanks to this brave man from Syria, speaking out is so risky... Prayers To Him & All In Syria!!!

    March 28, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  16. Janis

    Wissam Tarif from Syria is a very eloquent man. Stay strong Syria.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  17. Kenya

    @Tracy Brown and Jo
    Thank you! I agree with you both.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  18. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Nichole re: coffee lady

    I thought she was trying to protect her.

    I guess we'll not know the truth of the matter, but i thought she was trying to cover her and lead her away from the chaos.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  19. Krasi, Houston

    I am certainly glad that we have the option of seeing what's going on in conflicted areas with the help of such videos. However, I don't believe it's wise to make conclusions based on just these short snippets of someone doing something. I feel that the complete story involves much more and is not always available to us to make judgments.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  20. Carolyn

    God Help Syria... another mess... so very sad.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  21. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Routinely beating people to death......that's truly chilling.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  22. Linda

    About the President's speech. While Obama has stated from the beginning that Gadhaffi must leave he has always stated that it is the job of the Libyan people and the diplomatic community. He has never said that the US will use military action to effect regime change. Why do so many of your analysts seem to miss that?

    March 28, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  23. Terry Mutuku- Toronto

    What happened to that innocent woman is simply atrocious.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  24. Hoda

    Good Evening Everyone,

    I was just listening to the speech made tonight, and I'm also a part of a group of Libyans who certain that the right thing to do to show our thanks to Obama and the rest of the collision is to pay every penny spent saving our families from total destruction. We are most grateful, and can not express out thanks enough, we only hope that the civilians in Gadhafi's home town do the right thing,,, if they even know what that is.

    Oh, and WHERE IS BEN W? IS HE OK?

    March 28, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  25. Sharon Hastings

    "A state of emergency which has lasted 47 years"???? That's a pretty long emergency. Would be laughable if it weren't so tragic.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  26. Lori

    I am so tired today. Good night Anderson. take care of yourself. Good night. Sweet dreams. See you tomorrow.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  27. Chi

    No doubt. Pres Obama is a great public speaker, but I hope he will be stronger in his decisions and actions to help Libyans have a better place to live in. "YES WE CAN" as he always says.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  28. Paula, Colorado

    It's really disturbing–awful–not knowing what's happened to the woman.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  29. Jo

    Come on critics! President Obama can't give away the whole "game plan". Khadafi is probably watching the news to develop his.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  30. Starr, formerly known as vincent


    Thank you for making it a point to show this story about the woman who was raped.

    It is really important that the "media" report this, as the publicity may help secure her release by Gadhafi's forces.

    Hope you can find out more about the women who were detained with her.

    God bless Nic, i can't imagine how he and the others felt about being powerless to help her.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  31. Tracy Brown - Canada

    @ Mike. Firstly, you have to see how this situation develops. Obama is not going to go into if A happens, we're going to do this, and if B develops, we're going to do this, and if c happens, and so on. The international community decided that action was necessary, it was taken, this helps to clear the way for the people to potentially be able to decide their own fate. The international community, in concert, hopefully, will respond to further developments in appropriate ways. That is precisely why the "mission" has not been stated that the goal is remove Gadhafi. We went in there, first and foremost, to prevent the slaughter that was about to occurr.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  32. Heidi Murrell

    Hi Anderson...
    I am new to your blog, so I will try to make this short.
    Everyone keeps talking about the "end game" in Lybia. Why should it be our (US) sole responsibility to "take-out" Gadhafi? I thought the reason for a coallition is to act as one in this conflict. Even though the United States said "no US boots on the ground"..What is to stop the French, English, etc from sending in their troops? Could it be possible that there is an end game on the table, but in the efforts that are taken to get this dictator out of power, we don't want to give it away, protecting our troops, and, as this is a military action, keeping the "end game" from the Gadhafi regime?

    Thanks Anderson for all your hard work around the world to bring us the news that entitles us to make informed decisions and bring forth our own questions. Please let all the reporters know that we, The People, have them in our thoughts and prayers for their safety in this region of uprisings.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  33. MaryBeth

    OMG, that video from Japan is crazy!

    March 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  34. Joe

    Eman al-Obaidl is a heroic figure by every measure. I hope you can show viewers the incredible scenes of Libyan woman marching on her behalf, the social network sites, the petitions, the campaigning, the global response. Anderson, you know the brutalities of the Qadafi regime. The courage it took for her to walk into that hotel KNOWING the likely outcome is awe-inspiring to ALL women in this world. I want my daughters to look to Eman as a role model.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  35. Nicole Netherlands

    I would not be drinking coffee from ´that sweet young woman` again...
    Saw the video 10 times or more, was astonished to this being done by a woman to an other woman.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  36. myra

    If Gadhafi pulls his troops back and arms civilians, they are no longer civilians but military combatants. The coalition needs to drop leaflets to that affect so they have no room to cry about civilians being killed or wounded

    March 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  37. Carolyn

    Thanks to Nic & all reporters, for caring about the people in Libya and elsewhere.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  38. Ellen

    Ditto to Marybeth, Jackie and Casey

    March 28, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  39. Nina

    Rape not only affects the victim, it will affect every man and relationship she comes into contact.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  40. Janis

    If you don't do what Gadhafi wants, you disappear. Chilling.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  41. Carolyn

    This brave woman's family is so wonderful, they are showing unconditional love & support... I hope she is okay... Prayers To Everyone!!!

    March 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  42. Lori

    I am sure that there are thousands with similar stories.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  43. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Unfortunately this war has been characterized as good rebels against the dictator; when in reality, it's a civil war for power.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  44. Gary

    President Obama spoke to multiple audiences during his speech tonight. A large part of his message tonight was directed to the young Arab people throughout North Africa and the Middle East. His message was to support and inspire the Arab people to have governments that are made up by the people and to support their efforts.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  45. Nicole Netherlands

    My heart goes out to Eman Al Obeidy. I am so thankful her family is behind her and has arranged a Islamic marriage to save her honor.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  46. MaryBeth

    It's good that her family, fiance, and tribe are behind her. Being raped can be a death sentence in that society. Women are shunned and blamed if they're raped. It's good that they are willing to still honor her, as they say.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  47. Nina

    I feel sorry for her future husband... She will need a lot of help and support for years!!!

    March 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  48. Chi

    Nic is so right. Her family support for her means a lot and a big difference in that part of the world.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  49. james hamburger

    I believe there are too many arm chair quarterbacks. The President is and has done what the others have not,He brought the world on board before he acted. now it is up to the world to decide to take out Gadhafi and his family,or help the opposition do it. I hope the world does not hang them out to dry!

    March 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  50. Janis

    I really hope she's OK. Very courageous woman.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
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