According to an AP story, President Obama has again stated that the US mission in Libya is limited and that he has ruled out the use of ground forces:
Obama was asked in an interview with the Spanish-language network Univision if a land invasion would be out of the question in the event air strikes fail to dislodge Gadhafi from power. Obama replied that it was “absolutely” out of the question.
Asked what the exit strategy is, he didn’t lay out a vision for ending the international action, but rather said: “The exit strategy will be executed this week in the sense that we will be pulling back from our much more active efforts to shape the environment.”
“We’ll still be in a support role, we’ll still be providing jamming, and intelligence and other assets that are unique to us, but this is an international effort that’s designed to accomplish the goals that were set out in the Security Council resolution,” Obama said.
Is this believable after all of the huffing and puffing about Qaddafi having to go? Maybe Obama now wants to disown his policy, one that seems to have been so poorly thought through. But will the same liberal interventionists who brought us the no-fly zone mission stop pushing for more action if (as is likely) Qaddafi stays in power in the west or even starts to make gains again vs. the rebels? If you need a guide to understanding what the administration is saying, here’s some help.