American planes attacked Libyan targets this week. Interestingly, this was days after the US wasn’t going to be doing that, supposedly.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates, never an enthusiast for this third simultaneous U.S. conflict, pledged to Congress that America’s combat commitment to Libya stopped when NATO came to lead what’s now called Operation Unified Protector. Pressure from senators led him to qualify that U.S. warplanes would be on “standby” if NATO pilots felt overwhelmed. They’ve apparently felt overwhelmed.