Obama: ‘We Have Already Saved Lives’ In Libya

By Edwin Mora | March 23, 2011 | 4:27 PM EDT

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave prior to boarding Air Force prior to departing San Salvador, El Salvador, Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama, speaking from El Salvador, said that lives have been saved in Libya because of the U.S.-led military intervention there.

“I just want to emphasize to the American people, because of the extraordinary capabilities and valor of our men and women in uniform, we have already saved lives [in Libya],” Obama said on Tuesday.

“In Benghazi, a city of 700,000 people, you had the prospect of [Muammar] Qaddafi’s forces carrying out his orders to show no mercy,” the president said.  “That could have resulted in catastrophe in that town. Qaddafi’s forces have pulled back because of this timely intervention.

“Obviously,” Obama said, “there are always risks involved in this kind of operation, but for us to be able to structure something where we bring our unique capabilities to bear, to fulfill a mission that is supported by the international community against somebody who was about to direct his armed forces against his people in the most vicious of ways, is something that I think the American people, and certainly our American military, should be proud of.”

Britain’s Daily Mail reported yesterday that six Libyan villagers are in the hospital after being shot by U.S. soldiers charged with rescuing the American pilots whose plane had crashed in a field outside Benghazi.

“A handful of locals who had come to greet the pilots were hit – among them a young boy who may have to have a leg amputated because of injuries caused by a bullet wound,” the Daily Mail reported.