Ben Johnson, The White House Watch
This author has observed, “If the media wanted to conserve resources, they could simply fuse the words ‘The Obama administration lied’ to the opening line of each day’s edition and fill in the blank appropriately.” Today proved no exception. Despite President Barack Obama’s assurances that no ground troops would ever be sent to Libya, the Pentagon confirmed Monday that U.S. soldiers are on the ground.
Four servicemen landed in Tripoli over the weekend. The newly elected commander of the Tripoli Military Council, Abdel Hakim Belhaj (aka Abu Abdullah al-Sadiq), is an al-Qaeda asset and founder of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) who twice met with Osama bin Laden. Belhaj has claimed U.S. agents tortured him for days, but he does “not want revenge.”
Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby refused to answer whether Obama would send additional troops to the region.
This contrasts with Obama’s pledge on March 18, as he launched his war-by-decree, when he stated, “The United States is not going to deploy ground troops into Libya.” A few days later, Obama reaffirmed, “I said that America’s role would be limited, that we would not put ground troops into Libya…Tonight, we are fulfilling that pledge.”
White House officials have insisted this weekend’s deployment in no way constitutes a violation of Obama’s no-troops promise, because….