View Full Version : U.S. Military Repositions Forces in Preparation for Libya Response

02-28-2011, 01:55 PM

The U.S. military is repositioning its forces near North Africa as the United States and its allies impose sanctions on Libya and consider whether to impose a no-fly zone over the country, where a resistance army is building against dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi.

Fox News has learned that the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise -- which was previously positioned off the coast of Somalia, where it was stationed to respond to a pirate hijacking -- has turned around and moved to the mouth of the Suez Canal in the Red Sea, heading in the direction of Libya -- with 15 detained pirates on board.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said the military is "repositioning" forces to be ready to assist in Libya. Most likely, U.S. forces would be asked to provide humanitarian relief, though no decision has been made and the State Department has not yet made a request to the military, Lapan said.

Lapan added that no decision has been made regarding a no-fly zone as international pressure builds for Qaddafi to step down and end the violence in his country. A no-fly zone would require NATO support.


02-28-2011, 07:43 PM
Better late than never, I guess. You'd think that a strategic thinker like Joe Biden (who, we were told, brought critical foreign policy expertise to the administration) would have planned for the contingency of the riots spreading, or Americans needing to be evacuated from the region. Lord knows that we can't count on that kind of foresight from the Community Organizer-in-Chief... :rolleyes: