Secretary of State Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Admiral Mike Mullen testified about military operations in Congressional testimony on Thursday that had a distinctly militaristic tone.
This impression of operations seems to be backed up by coalition partners.
Some of the United States’ partners have acknowledged that the initial descriptions of the intervention in Libya no longer apply. “What is happening in Libya is not a no-fly zone,” a senior European diplomat told reporters, speaking on the customary condition of anonymity. “The no-fly zone was a diplomatic thing, to get the Arabs on board. What we have in Libya is more than that.”