The UN Security Council approved a "No-Fly" Zone
over Libya, 10-0 with five fairly significant abstentions (China, Russia, Brazil, India, and Germany, who apparently had problems the last time they fought in Libya). Secretary Clinton had said earlier
that enforcing such a restriction would require bombing Libyan air defenses, which is correct from a military perspective. I note that the Arab League was the group really pushing
for the No-Fly Zone; do you think that they will provide
more than token participation
, and not even that until after all the hard work is done?
1416 19 March: It looks like the attack has started
. Based on open-source info, it looks like at least USS Providence
(SSN 719), USS Scranton
(SSN 756) and especially USS Florida
(SSGN 728) might be in position to support the attacks. (A Pentagon briefing I'm listening to now confirms that submarines were part of the initial attack by U.S. and British naval forces, in which ~112 Tomahawks were fired at about 20 targets.)
It's amazing -- we're able to launch an attack even while President Obama is on a foreign trip. It's almost as if the President can do more than one thing at a time, and that he doesn't feel the need to micro-manage the On-Scene Commanders. I assume those who think he should have cancelled his trip
believe the President should personally approve each missile fired by the military.