Obama Signs Finding on Libya
Unless you have been living under a rock lately, you know that the US and NATO Allies are enforcing a no-fly zone in Libya to give the rebels a chance against the troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. There is a big argument in Congress about whether or not the US should commit ground troops to a third declared war in the Middle East. (There are US forces and agents on the ground in other countries in the Middle East such as Pakistan and Yemen.)
Yesterday, Obama signed a “Presidential Finding” authorizing covert action in Libya including the insertion of US agents into that country. On the same day, Secretary Gates said that there would not be US “boots on the ground” while he was the Secretary of Defense. What an interesting game we play about whether or not there are US forces in a particular country. We have over 1000 bases in 79 countries around the world. I guess that makes us the world’s “policeman” whether we like it or not.