WASHINGTON â€” The U.S. prepared to a launch a missile attack on Libyan air defenses, but American ships and aircraft stationed in and around the Mediterranean Sea did not participate in initial French air missions Saturday, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the unfolding intervention.
One official said the U.S. intends to limit its involvement â€” at least in the initial stages â€” to helping protect French and other air missions by taking out Libyan air defenses.
An attack against those defenses with Navy sea-launched Tomahawk cruise missiles was planned for later Saturday, one official said. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of military operations.
Yeah, no real risk in tossing missiles at tents. In fact, if Gaddafi doesn’t get too upset at him, Obama may even go farther;
The official said that depending on how Libyan forces responded to initial intervention by the French and others, the U.S. could launch additional attacks in support of allied forces. The intention was to leave it to other nations to patrol a no-fly zone over Libya once air defenses are silenced, the official said.
Come to think of it, with Libyan Rebels shooting down their own aircraft, maybe throwing missiles from wayyy out at sea isn’t such a bad idea after all?
[UPDATE] Via Jake Tapper, Tomahawks are outbound…