In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, President Obama tonight indicated he is considering arming the Libyan rebels.
“Our primary military goal is to protect civilian populations and to set up the no-fly zone,” he said, but “we’re not taking anything off the table at this point.”
“One of the questions that we want to answer is do we start getting to a stage where Gadhafi’s forces are sufficiently degraded where it may not be necessary to arm opposition groups,” he said.
Asked whether the U.S. could take that step, Obama said: “I’m not ruling it out, but I’m not ruling it in. We’re still making an assessment partly about what Gadhafi’s forces are going to be doing.”
The idea has spawned fierce debate in Washington. Here’s the video.