Obama Delivers Speech on Libya Citing Reasons for US Involvement; Charitable Non-Profit Unsatisfied with President's Explanation Given Higher Taxes amid Recession

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On Wednesday President Obama delivered a speech giving reasons why he chose to deploy US military resources into the embattled country of Libya. Questions about the nature of US arose in Congress as many leaders demand to know the extend to which Obama plans to commit US resources in north Africa. Vincent Everett (CEO Works of Life International Ministries) speaks about the potential effects the crisis in Libya will have in the US.

On Monday Obama delivered a speech about the turmoil in Libya giving reasons why he chose to deploy US military forces in the embattled country just over nine days ago. In his address to the nation President Obama said he launched US military action in Libya to protect the universal human rights of the Libyan people against the forces of dictator Muammar Qaddafi, who has vowed to crush rebels. As the President commits more military resources to ensure success in Libya, many Americans in the US are demanding to know exactly what the nature of US involvement will be, how long military operations will continue to be executed, and how this foreign crisis will affect an already wounded US economy. Vincent Everett (CEO Works of Life International Ministries) has issued a public statement giving his thoughts on the non-profit sector's role in easing economic turbulence in the US caused by the conflict overseas.

Obama stated in his speech on Monday, and reiterated the point in an address on Wednesday, that the bulk of America's military operations have been achieved, and that NATO will assume formal control of the multinational coalition aimed at stopping the killings in Libya, as authorized by UN mandate 1973. The mandate, which approved a no-fly zone over the north African country of Libya, was approved by a security council of the UN to stop Qaddafi from advancing his counter-rebel military campaign by any measures necessary. But many leaders in the world of civic engagement in the US are not satisfied with Obama's plan to take a back seat as NATO takes control of the multinational coalition.

"There is no real schedule," Says Vincent Everett, CEO of one of the nation's largest non-profit organizations Works of Life International Ministries. He continues, "President Obama stated in his speech on Monday that the UN approved a historic no-fly zone over Libya, a military sanction lead mostly by the US. Now that that objective has been completed, where do we go from now? What will be the role of the US in Libya? Any military action by the US in Libya from this point on is something the American people are being kept in the dark about. We don't actually know how long we will be there for or how this will affect us here at home where, by the way, we are already dealing with many pressing social and economic issues."

On Monday President Obama stated clearly that it is not in the best interest of the US to let the massacre in Libya proceed without international intervention: "We knew that if we wanted-- if we waited one more day, Benghazi, a city nearly the size of Charlotte, could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world."

Everett and other leaders in the non-profit sector, who pay particularly close attention to the effects of foreign crises in the US, are saying that the President was forced to respond to an exceptionally egregious case of war crimes. "No one is ignoring the severity or the significance of the uprisings in Libya," says the Works of Life Chief Executive. He adds, "But one of the main concerns of Americans as well as citizens around the world is the question of how US military operations will continue to play out after NATO takes control."

Obama mentioned on Monday that America has done what it had to do by intervening. Initially this meant using military force to squash counter-rebel equipment to allow rebel forces to advance. America's allies will continue to put pressure on Qaddafi's forces after NATO takes charge of the coalition, according to the President. Obama assured the American people that "the United States will play a supporting role" in the days and weeks to come, reducing the cost to the US military as well as to "American tax payers."

Director of the With Causes charitable network issued a public statement urging the non-profit sector to prepare to deal with the effects of higher taxes and gas prices: "Obama openly said that American tax payers are going to have to fund military and intelligence operations in Libya. Even if the US plays a supporting role, the money has to come from somewhere. You can be sure it'll come from the pockets of American tax payers."

Works of Life and With Causes are both charitable organizations with over ten years of service in the social works. They accept a variety of donations ranging from car donations, boat and yacht donations, real estate donations, and even aircraft donations to generate income for a host of charitable causes world wide, including disaster relief and support for educators and students in low-income communities.

"Gas prices have already hit a two-year high because of conflicts in the Middle East and north Africa," says Everett, "On top of that American tax payers will bear the burden of financing military actions in Libya, whatever extent that may be. This is why many people in the US are demanding to know more about the scope of US involvement in the area. Already in the first week since the President entered Libya the cost to US tax payers is $600 million, according to public Pentagon records."

Mr. Everett and other non-profit organizations recognize that charitable organizations will be an important line of support connecting Donors to those less fortunate, especially since the types of donations they accept include items and other property that no longer generate income due to a national recession made worse by the crisis in north Africa. "With the turmoil in Libya we are going to have to expand our resources to accommodate more donations to provide assistance to those less fortunate on a much larger scale."


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