Obama: US can't intervene in every crisis, but cannot look away when innocents face massacre

The Associated Press
August 9, 2014 03:28 AM

President Barack Obama listens during a phone call with Jordan's King Abdullah II Jordan, according to the White House, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the United States cannot and should not intervene in every world crisis. But he says when innocent people face a massacre and the U.S. has the ability to stop it, the nation shouldn't look away.

Obama is discussing his rationale for authorizing airstrikes in Iraq in his weekly radio and Internet address. Obama says the U.S. will continue with targeted strikes if necessary.

Obama says he won't allow the U.S. to be dragged into another war in Iraq. But he says the U.S. will protect Americans and prevent terrorists from having a safe haven.

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