SECRET HISTORY OF THE LIBYAN UPRISING
By Barry Lando
What you’re probably going to read someday:
U.N. resolution 1973 authorized action to create a no-fly zone in Libya. It did not authorize the use of foreign troops on the ground.
President Obama seemed to accept that limitation when he made his famous “no U.S. boots on the ground” declaration – a statement that has been repeated by every U.S. spokesman since.
Since Obama’s declaration however, we have learned that, in fact, for several weeks CIA operatives have been active in Libya. They are there supposedly to find targets for the missile and rocket attacks of the U.S. and its allies, as well as to get some idea of who the opposition is that Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy et al have chosen to support.
The joke was those CIA types are not wearing boots, but sneakers.
Recently we learned, via Al-Jazeera English, that there is a secret training site in eastern Libya where U.S. and Egyptian special forces are giving basic weapons training to selected rebels. Those rebels are also now receiving more sophisticated weapons. You can be sure those U.S. advisers are wearing boots.