Local reaction to President's speech on Libya

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- President Barack Obama made his case tonight on his intervention in Libya.

Volunteer TV'S Lorena Estrada has more on the US role in the North African nation, and shows us what one army wife thinks of the military operation.

Jenny Testerman watches as President Obama explains to the nation why he's called for a military intervention in Libya.

President Obama says
"we have intervened to stop a massacre and we will work with our allies to maintain the safety of civilians"

President Obama says his mission is to protect the people of Libya from their leader-- Muammar Gadhafi-- who has been in power for almost 42 years. He told the people that failure to act would have carried a far greater price.

Testerman says it's always been America's mission to save lives and protect the people.

"The US has always had almost a big brother mentality it goes far as back as any war situation we've had a big brother mentality as far as country goes, if we see someone in need or see we can help want people to live in democracy... We're going to do that as a country."

And while President Obama says the military coalition is only to enforce a no-fly zone and arms embargo in Libya -- this army wife says anytime the military is put into action there's always a chance those serving our country will have to pay the ultimate sacrifice.

Testerman says, "you do think about that that you have to think abbot that especially if you have children it's something that you need to take care of, and there's never a day that goes by that a military family doesn't think could this be a day for whatever reason we won't see each other this evening because there was a deployment that happened.

President Obama tells the people NATO will take control of the military operation in Libya on Wednesday. He also says he won't be able to dictate the pace of the operation or predict where it will lead.

For now, Testerman says she thinks Obama made his case.

"I feel like he did a good job trying to convince but the mission isn't over yet and that in itself will tell whether or not he convinced those he needed to convince."

In Knoxville. Lorena Estrada. WVLT Volunteer TV News.

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