From a White House transcript of a briefing by Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security advisor for strategic communications:
Q Ben, do you agree that the need to protect civilians lasts as long as Qaddafi is in power?
MR. RHODES: The need to protect civilians lasts as long as civilians are under risk of attack in the way in which we’ve seen them attacked over the course of the last several weeks.
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