Thingish Things

CIA in Libya

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Mar• 30•11

This is bound to raise eyebrows. The New York Times is reporting that the Central Intelligence Agency has boots on the ground in Libya.  Will the President be making another speech soon?

Writes The Times: “While President Obama has insisted that no American ground troops join in the Libyan campaign, small groups of C.I.A. operatives have been working in Libya for several weeks and are part of a shadow force of Westerners that the Obama administration hopes can help set back Colonel Qaddafi’s military, the officials said.

“The C.I.A. presence comprises an unknown number of American officers who had worked at the spy agency’s station in Tripoli and those who arrived more recently. In addition, current and former British officials said, dozens of British special forces and MI6 intelligence officers are working inside Libya. The British operatives have been directing airstrikes from British Tornado jets and gathering intelligence about the whereabouts of Libyan government tank columns, artillery pieces, and missile installations, the officials said.”

P.S.:  For the record, I thought very early on that air raids on Libya were a good idea with the simple reasoning: If you have a chance to help take down Gadaffi with the support of the Arab League, take it. I still do.  But can you imagine the outright madness of the CIA advising al Qaeda elements among the rebels? It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.

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