The White House says U.S. military involvement in Libya does not set a precedent for how the U.S. will handle similar uprisings in other countries throughout the Middle East.
Deputy national security adviser Denis McDonough says the administration judges each situation separately and based on what is in the best interest of the U.S. He says there are no plans for the U.S. to intervene militarily in Syria, where security forces are cracking down on protesters.
McDonough spoke at the White House ahead of President Barack Obama's Monday night speech on his rationale for U.S. military involvement in Libya. Officials are reluctant to discuss details of Obama's speech, including whether Obama would lay out a timeline for ending U.S. military actions.
McDonough did say that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton would be discussing an exit strategy during a key international meeting in London Tuesday.