As it is, that is the name of the limited military operation that we began today with the UN in Libya. Earlier headlines this morning revealed that French war planes had begun patrolling the no fly zone over Libya. But I suppose that didn't begin until at least after the US softened up the air defenses and radars with cruise missiles prior to the arrival of French Mirages in the area.
"I want the American people to know that the use of force is not our first choice and it's not a choice I make lightly," Obama said. "But we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people that there will be no mercy."
The first air strikes, in what is being called Operation Odyssey Dawn, were launched from a mix of U.S. surface ships and one British submarine in the Mediterranean Sea at 2 p.m. ET, Vice Adm. William E. Gortney told reporters at a Pentagon briefing.
They targeted Libyan air defense missile sites, early warning radar and key communications facilities around Tripoli, Misratah, and Surt, but no areas east of that or near Benghazi. Because of darkness over Libya, Gortney said it was too early to determine the strikes' effectiveness.Now, let's just sit and watch how far this president is willing to go to intervene in Libya. Meanwhile, watch the price of oil come Monday.