Pres. Obama has been tying himself in knots over “no hostilities” or “war” in Libya since his latest military adventure began. Hey, but this is what happens when all people pay attention to is the mouthpiece media, which in the U.S. gets squeamish about challenging any administration on war.
Let’s face it, folks, war has now become our primary export, which has been the case for quite some time, though since the Bush era’s financial implosion, it’s all we do.
Air Force and Navy aircraft are still flying hundreds of strike missions over Libya despite the Obama administration’s claim that American forces are playing only a limited support role in the NATO operation.
An Africa Command (AFRICOM) spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday that since NATO’s Operation Unified Protector (OUP) took over from the American-led Operation Odyssey Dawn on March 31, the U.S. military has flown hundreds of strike sorties. Previously, Washington had claimed that it was mostly providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and tanker support to NATO forces operating over Libya.
“U.S. aircraft continue to fly support [ISR and refueling] missions, as well as strike sorties under NATO tasking,” AFRICOM spokeswoman Nicole Dalrymple said in an emailed statement. “As of today, and since 31 March, the U.S. has flown a total of 3,475 sorties in support of OUP. Of those, 801 were strike sorties, 132 of which actually dropped ordnance.”
It brings to mind Joe Scarborough’s recent op-ed for POLITICO, “In Washington, war always wins.”