Obama Dispatches Clinton for Talks on Libya

President Obama is condemning the violence in Libya and dispatching Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Geneva for international talks aimed at stopping the bloodshed. He says he's directed his administration to prepare a full range of options to respond.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Obama made the announcements Wednesday in his first public comments on the fierce unrest sweeping Libya in the wake of uprisings in neighboring Egypt and Tunisia. The week-old protests in Libya have been met by a far more brutal response from militiamen loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.

The president said Wednesday that the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and unacceptable.

Obama broke his public silence on the violence after the U.S. succeeded in beginning evacuations of American citizens from the chaotic situation.