Good Morning, Muammar
This morning, the U.S.S. George H. W. Bush and her Carrier Strike Group arrived off Libya, after a three-day visit to Naples. America's newest nuclear supercarrier joins a NATO flotilla which already includes the French nuclear supercarrier, Charles de Gaulle, and three helicopter carriers.
The Bush's arrival off Libya comes in the wake of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' remarks last week that NATO shouldn't expect the U.S. to pull its allies' chestnuts out of the fire on the Libyan intervention. That military action is now visibly sucking wind. Libyan rebels are complaining openly about a lack of NATO support.
Maybe that's about to change. And maybe it's not. Perhaps only President Barack Obama and the military chain-of-command know for sure.
With no Congressional authorization under the War Powers Resolution for U.S. military action in Libya, House Speaker John Boehner yesterday gave President Obama an 'ultimatum." Respond, the Speaker said, to Congress' demand for a clear justification by the White House for the use of force against the Kaddafi regime. Otherwise, any U.S. action will be both illegal and unconstitutional.
The deadline for the President to respond is Friday.
And there, cruising suggestively in the Central Med, is the largest assembly of naval force seen there since at least the Second World War.
As appears, the American people, like Muammar Gadaffi, must now wait to see what the American President does.