Reuters reports that Obama authorized secret help for Libya rebels “two or three weeks” ago,
President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday.
Obama signed the order, known as a presidential “finding”, within the last two or three weeks, according to government sources familiar with the matter.
Such findings are a principal form of presidential directive used to authorize secret operations by the Central Intelligence Agency. This is a necessary legal step before such action can take place but does not mean that it will.
Well, it did: already C.I.A. Agents in Libya Aid Airstrikes and Meet Rebels (emphasis added)
While President Obama has insisted that no American military ground troops participate in the Libyan campaign, small groups of C.I.A. operatives have been working in Libya for several weeks as part of a shadow force of Westerners that the Obama administration hopes can help bleed Colonel Qaddafi’s military, the officials said.
When Jake Tapper asked, “What is going on behind closed doors?” White House press secretary Jay Carney asked back
“Who said anything was going on behind closed doors?”
Andrew Sullivan simply cannot believe that president Obama has already ordered covert action in Libya on one side in a civil war, but he can believe that Sarah Palin didn’t give birth to her own child.
But fret not, Andrew. Obama got an award for “transparency”, which he accepted in a closed, undisclosed meeting at the White House on Monday. Since the meeting was not disclosed in Obama’s public schedule, and neither reporters nor photographers were allowed, it was awarded on hope for potential transparency
“And in that sense, one could say it resembles the award at the Nobel Peace Prize,” Aftergood said. “It’s not because Obama brought peace to anyone but because people hoped he would be a force for good in the world, and maybe that’s the way to understand this award.”
Perfect award, and meeting all the daily irony requirements.
Next thing you know he’ll get an award for “popular communication“.
Prof. Stephen Clark writes: “By all means, rub their whole faces in the facts of this latest intervention. To be clear: if the left and Democrats generally do not savage this President in much the same manner they savaged Bush, if they are not out in the streets protesting, if they are not opposing his reelection, if they are not demanding his impeachment and trial, if they are not hoping for his very death, then they will have shown themselves to be every bit the craven hypocrites that many have long claimed.”
Rub it in!