More U.S. ‘Boots on the Ground’ in Libya

What?  You didn’t really think Obama was telling the truth about America’s “limited” role in Libya, now did you?:

U.S. Boots on the Ground in Libya, Pentagon Confirms

By Justin Fishel

Published September 12, 2011 – Fox News

Despite repeated assurances from President Obama and military leaders that the U.S. would not send uniformed military personnel into Libya, four U.S. service members arrived on the ground in Tripoli over the weekend.

According to Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby, the four unidentified troops are there working under the State Department’s chief of mission to assist in rebuilding the U.S. Embassy.

Kirby noted the embassy in Tripoli was badly damaged during the conflict between Muammar Qaddafi’s forces and the rebels.

Two of the military personnel are explosive-ordnance experts who will be used to disable any explosives traps left in the embassy. The other two are “general security,” according to Kirby.

Kirby also made clear these troops are in no way part of a military operation on the ground. They are armed, however, if for some reason they need to protect themselves.

The troops are only expected to be there for a short while. After the assessment of the embassy is complete, they are expected to leave.

Obama assured Americans in March when the bombing campaign over Libya began that there would be no boots on the ground. From the East Room of the White House on March 18, he said: “The United States is not going to deploy ground troops into Libya.”

Several days later at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., he said: “I said that America’s role would be limited, that we would not put ground troops into Libya, that we would focus our unique capabilities on the front end of the operation and that we would transfer responsibility to our allies and partners. Tonight, we are fulfilling that pledge.”

Since then, U.S. officials speaking on the condition of anonymity have acknowledged the CIA has had a small number of so-called “spotters” on the ground to assist in the NATO mission. It’s also well known that other foreign governments have sent special operations forces to fight on the ground with the rebels.

John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told Fox News the fact that four troops are on the ground is “no big deal,” considering the embassy had been trashed.

“You need this kind of expertise to make it safe for diplomats to return,” Bolton said.

Kirby wouldn’t say if there were plans to send more U.S. troops in the future.

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5 Comments on “More U.S. ‘Boots on the Ground’ in Libya”

  1. So now Libya…

    I got a better idea Obama. Lets lust call in a few airstrikes and blow up the old US embassy and not put anymore of our guys and gals into harms way.

    No need to send over our Troops when we can smartbomb the real estate!

  2. organizim Says:

    wow 4 guys, lets call this an invasion of epic proportions.

  3. tgusa Says:

    Ah cmon, can we really call these buildings in muslim countries, embassies? Lets call them what they are, forts. BTW, our Fort in flintstan is under attack as I write. Who’s thinking up our foreign policy, a jackass?

  4. Leatherneck Says:

    I find it strange when moon god worshipers fight with the Global Government they are rebels, but when they fight against they are insurgents. Does Faux news know why they are calling a different tribe of Sin worshipers rebels?

    North Africa, Egypt, Syria,Iraq, and Afganistan all smell like a CFR global agenda to support the Muslim Brotherhood. In exchange for a hunda?

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