Monday night the president received some praise for his remarks on Libya.
But Republican House Speaker John Boehner issued a statement saying it failed to provide much clarity on U.S. policy in Libya.
Our political analyst says President Obama did deliver, and hit on some very key points while mapping out his objectives.
He says while President Obama's speech does come a little late after making such a decision, his speech was direct, diplomatic and hopeful.
President Obama filled in the blanks on his reasoning for sending military forces into Libya.
"To brush aside America's responsibility as a leader and more profoundly our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under any circumstances is a betrayal of who were are," he said.
Nine days ago, a military coalition was sent to Libya to enforce a no-fly zone in an effort to protect innocent civilians.
"By imposing a no fly zone we did prevent what everybody believed was an imminent massacre of civilians and rebel forces," says political analyst Dr. Robert Watson.
A month ago Libyans had taken to the streets in protest of their leader Moammar Gadhafi, they were met with attacks from Gadhafi supporters.
"Faced with this opposition, Gadhafi began attacking his people," the president said.
But President Obama's decision to impose military action sparked criticism from Republicans and Democrats.
"I know that some Americans continue to have questions about our efforts in Libya. I have made it clear that I will never hesitate to use our military swiftly, decisively and unilaterally when necessary to defend our people, our homeland, our allies and our core interests," said President Obama.
While he didn't give specifics on those core interests, Watson says one of those interests is oil.
The United States and European countries depend heavily on Libya for oil.
"We've seen gas prices rising and many things are petroleum-based; everything we get at the grocery store has to be trucked in."
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