Skip to comments.Operation Odyssey Dawn
Posted on 03/19/2011 8:41:15 PM PDT by Repealthe17thAmendment
U.S. and British warships have reportedly launched the opening salvo of the intervention in Libya called Operation Odyssey Dawn firing some 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Qaddafi anti-air defenses, mostly on the coast of Western Libya and extending between Tripoli and Benghazi. Word is that U.S. AFRICOM will run the first few days of the operation in an effort to shape the battlefield before turning over command to another member of the coalition.
The initial launch also included the launching of American electronic warfare aircraft.
The Post suggest that the administration has been has been reluctant to lead the operation, and would quickly turn over control to its international partners after the opening salvos.
CNNs Ed Henry reports from an administration official that the Pentagon is planning for heavy, kinetic action on the part of U.S. forces, lasting days, not weeks.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seemed to underscore that point:
We did not lead this. We did not engage in unilateral actions in any way, but we strongly support the international community taking action against governments and leaders who behave as Gaddafi is unfortunately doing, Clinton said.
In addition to the missile attacks, at least 20 French jets have begun enforcing the no-fly zone over Benghazi, already destroying at least one suspected pro-Qaddafi vehicle. More here.
In a statement from Brazil, President Obama said of the intervention:
I am deeply aware of the risks of any military action, no matter what limits we place on it . . . I want the American people to know that the use of force is not our first choice, and its not a choice that I make lightly. But we cant stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people that there will be no mercy.
I don't know, I kinda like Tripoli Tim.
'Operation Arugula' (Zer0 does Al-Qaeda's dirty work - Can you say 'caliphate coalition'?)
Is this the first time we ever started a war and the President was outside of the country and on vacation?