Recognizing the difficulty of embarking on a third war, President Obama nonetheless said that the United States will participate in enforcing the U.N. Security Council resolution offering protection to Libya's citizens.
"Action is necessary and we will not be acting alone," Obama said.
The president spoke after meeting with congressional leaders in person and on the phone. He announced that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will attend the Paris summit being convened Saturday by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
As Japanese firemen work through the tsunami debris looking for bodies, they have been joined by a team from the Los Angeles Fire Department. Leader Dave Stone, who has worked recently in New Zealand and Haiti, says his team has never seen anything to "this scope and magnitude."