You say yes, I say no, hello hello…
The top U.S. admiral involved in the Libya war admitted to a U.S. congressman that NATO forces are trying to kill Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi. The same admiral also said he anticipated the need for ground troops in Libya after Qaddafi falls, according to the lawmaker.
House Armed Services Committee member Mike Turner (R-OH) told The Cable that U.S. Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of the NATO Joint Operations Command in Naples, Italy, told him last month that NATO forces are actively targeting and trying to kill Qaddafi, despite the fact that the Obama administration continues to insist that “regime change” is not the goal and is not authorized by the U.N. mandate authorizing the war.
We were told the Libya intervention would take days not weeks, and that regime change wasn’t on the menu, and that there would be no American boots on the ground. We were also told that because it’s a NATO operation or something, it’s not an actual war — even though the commanding officer is American and our forces are actively engaged in ongoing hostilities. Next, we’ll have SecState Clinton asking ADM Locklear whose side he’s on.
Come to think of it, a clear answer to that question might help him figure out how to finish the job.