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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.
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