Obama says Qaddafi ‘needs to go,’ downplays scope of missile strikes

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President Obama reiterated Monday that he wants Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi gone, but stressed that the ongoing missile strikes in support of a no-fly zone are not meant to achieve that result.

Rather, the president suggested the United States and its allies would continue to use non-military “tools” such as sanctions to pressure Qaddafi to leave.

“It is U.S. policy that Qaddafi needs to go,” Obama said, during a brief press conference alongside Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in Santiago. “We’ve got a wide range of tools in addition to our military efforts to support that policy.”

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