WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned the violence in Libya and said he was dispatching US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Geneva for international talks aimed at stopping the bloodshed. He said he is directing his administration to prepare the full range of options to respond.
Obama made the announcements in his first public comments on the fierce unrest sweeping Libya in the aftermath of uprisings in neighboring Egypt and Tunisia. The week-old protests in Libya have been met by a far more brutal response from militiamen loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.
The president said Wednesday that "the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and it is unacceptable."