Wednesday, March 30, 2011

...and Obama crosses the line in authorizing the CIA to intervene in Libya

To be expected, but still, sad to see it happening. Here.

"President Barack Obama has signed a presidential directive authorizing the Central Intelligence Agency to conduct secret operations to support rebels in Libya, according to government sources.

Government officials told Reuters on Wednesday that the president had signed a presidential "finding" within the last two or three weeks. The order is a necessary legal step to conduct secret CIA operations, but does not mean that such operations will actually occur."

Incidentally, I caught a snippet of Chris Matthews responding to Obama's speech on Libya, asking if it was too legalistic. Well, law is like that, legalistic. It's legalistic law that puts people in jail. In any case, it appears that the U.S. is in fact starting to go down the road of gung-ho action, albeit in a quiet way. We're shifting the official responsibility to NATO, too, of which we are a huge, almost overwhelming, member. The war in Afghanistan is technically being fought by NATO as well. Time will tell how all of it will play out.

In a perfect world, the U.S. and the rest of the international community would have been content with making sure that Gaddafi didn't use his airforce to bomb the opposition but would have otherwise stayed out of it.

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