U.S. involvement in Libyan conflict – Plans take shape

Will the U.S. invade Libya? After weeks of revolt and the deaths of thousands of Libyans, the Obama administration is starting to think about military action against the Libyan regime of Moammar Gaddafi, according to Wired.com.

The United Nations Security Council has already sanctioned Gaddafi and referred him to the International Criminal Court following his violent suppression of Libya’s revolutionary movement, creating the contours of a hardening international position against Gaddafi. And now most U.S. nationals in Libya have now fled, removing what the Obama administration has considered an impediment to action.

The Enterprise carrier strike group, last seen hunting pirates, is in the Red Sea — and may sail through Suez to the Mediterranean — and the New York Times reports that an “amphibious landing vessel, with Marines and helicopters” are there as well. The Financial Times adds that the British are considering the use of the air base at Akrotiri in Cyprus as a staging ground to enforce a no-fly zone. Any envisioned military action is likely to be a multilateral affair, either blessed by the U.N. or NATO.

A coalition of foreign policy experts, urged Obama last week to impose a no-fly zone and move naval assets near Libyan waters. Obama looks like he’s heeding its call.

The Wall Street Journal reports The U.S. ordered two warships and 400 Marines to the waters off Libya on Tuesday, but a top Obama administration official stopped short of saying the forces would intervene in the country’s growing civil war.

Will the U.S. invade Libya? I hope not.

Tobruk, Libya – British and Australian War Cemetery from WWII, we’ve been there before


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7 Responses to U.S. involvement in Libyan conflict – Plans take shape

  1. Michael John Scott

    March 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Well how about that!! Now this will make the Right happy, and some of those on the Left. America involved in another war. Ayup! We need that…another hole in the head anyone?

  2. Holte Ender

    March 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Perhaps we should combine the other two wars with this one so we are only fighting on one front.

  3. nikolai

    March 2, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Well, it wouldn’t be much of a war, and if the pro-democracy fighters want our help, I say let’s help them, but with TWO CONDITIONS; 1. NO OCCUPATION after the job is done, and 2. They give us a SMOKIN’ deal on OIL. It’s a win-win situation!

    • Holte Ender

      March 2, 2011 at 7:32 am

      My questions are: How long would the job take and who would decide to join in? Libya’s land borders are already in a chaotic state.

  4. Dusty

    March 2, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    The US has supported dictators for decades, so we don’t have a good track record when it comes to human rights in other nations.

    We need to stay the hell out of this one. Yes, I mourn the deaths of all those Libyans who want to taste freedom and a normal life..but nothing gives the US the right to go in there with guns blazing.

    Now, why don’t we do the usual CIA undercover crap and just take him out? Nice clean job and it doesn’t involve spending millions of bucks and sending more of our soldiers into a place we have no right to be.

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