Fox news, likely acting, as usual, as front-end for the U.S. militaryindustrialcongressional complex, is already floating Libya "mission-creep" trial balloons, pimping deeper U.S. involvement. Even BEFORE the U.S. "background" involvement starts.
One of the (usually paid) "experts," Lt. Col Tony Shaffer, billed as coming from The Center for Advanced Defense Studies, claims that the U.S. is the only power that has enough advanced assets to pull this off. He claims you can’t do this half way and so the U.S. will likely be pulled deeply into the conflict.
This is further spun by a subsequent FOX guest, Gordon Chang who says the 36 or so planes from other countries won’t be enough to enforce the no-fly zone and so the U.S. will have to get more involved. Despite the current Obama Administration party line, several "experts" and "pundits" opine that "we" should commit ground troops and indeed need to do so.
FOX cites a "Senior Military Source" that we can expect Tomahawk missiles to be used, fired from two destroyers, to take out the Libyan air defense systems. The source says it shouldn’t take long, and that it "will be done after dark to minimize collateral damage."
So, the questions are:
How far will the U.S. Government allow itself to be dragged into Libya by the War Party?
How many civilians will the U.S. forces "collaterally damage" and what will the "collateral damage" equation be in Libya?
How long before the War Party finds an excuse to send in the ground troops?