At a morning hearing of the the House Armed Services Committee, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told members that political turbulence in the Middle East and Northern Africa holds "peril and promise" for the U.S.The same could be said for President Obama's decision to drop bombs on Libya, a military
President Obama's Monday night speech on Libya was probably as striking for what he didn't say as much as what he did say.For instance, he didn't offer details for how much longer the U.S. military will be actively involved in the effort.It's not hard to see why he'd avoid that one.
It went almost unnoticed in major media this year, but we just passed the eight-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Most commentators now refer to the U.S. fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, but the U.S. has occasional military operations in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia as well.
The U.S. role in the international effort in Libya is already starting to decline. According to a U.S. commander in the region, most of today's missions over Libya were flown not by Americans, but by pilots from other countries in the coalition.Gen.
Airstrikes by American forces continued for a second night in Libya. Over the weekend British forces targeted Qaddafi’s compound in Tripoli, but today the chief of the UK Defence Staff said Qaddafi himself was “absolutely not” a target.
Muammar Qaddafi called last night into a radio station in Benghazi to threaten people. Then today his regime said it would instituting a cease fire. The UN resolution that passed on Thursday to allow military action in Libya will do more to shape the conflict in the coming days.