The Envoy
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    President Barack Obama, in remarks from the White House East Room Friday, pointedly laid out a limited role for the United States in the military intervention authorized by the United Nations on Libya and stressed that the purpose is not the military ouster of Muammar Gadhafi but the protection of Libyan civilians.

    "In this effort, the United States is prepared to act as part of an international coalition," Obama said. "American leadership is essential, but that does not mean acting alone -- it means shaping the conditions for the international community to act together."

    "We will provide the unique capabilities that we can bring to bear to stop the violence against civilians, including enabling our European allies and Arab partners to effectively enforce a no-fly zone," Obama said.

    Examined closely, the key line from Obama's remarks signals the U.S. will be providing support to European allies and Arab partners who will be the ones "effectively enforcing" the no-fly zone on Libya -- and less of a direct U.S. military role in the campaign.

    Obama spoke after conferring with Congressional leaders about what he envisioned the U.S. role in Libya being.

    Obama told Congressional leaders that "he had not authorized troops on the ground or airplanes," a staffer to one of the Congress members briefed Friday said on condition of anonymity. "He stressed the U.S. is diplomatically supporting the no-fly zone, not the enforcement itself."

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  • On Libya, France sees chance to lead


    Can Americans tolerate the United States playing anything less than the predominant role in an international military intervention in the Middle East? French President Nicholas Sarkozy is willing to give Washington a chance to find out.

    Even while the Obama administration reflects some of the ambivalence of a war-weary American public for wading into another Middle East military effort, Sarkozy has shown great eagerness to lead an international intervention to protect Libyans struggling to oust Muammar Gadhafi.

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  • White House invites lawmakers to discuss Libya


    Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) is among a group of bipartisan lawmakers who have been invited to the White House at 12:30 p.m. to discuss U.S. policy in Libya with the President, his spokesperson said.

    Lugar, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations committee, has insisted that the Obama administration should come to Congress to get a declaration of war before approving the use of U.S. military personnel and assets in an international intervention in Libya. The UN Security Council approved a U.S. co-sponsored resolution last night authorizing all means necessary short of a foreign ground occupation to protect civilians from Libya's Muammar Gadhafi.

    "Before any American military assets are used, Senator Lugar wants Congress to have a full briefing on the planned use of American military personnel and equipment, and how it will be paid for," Lugar's spokesman Mark Helmke said Thursday. "This is an issue that requires full public debate under the Constitution."

    "We have NATO allies, the British and the French, who say they are ready to attack. What if they are attacked in return?" Helme asked. "Under Article 5 of the NATO treaty, the U.S. is required to defend them."

    "Senator Lugar is warning President Obama that he better make sure the American public and Congress are prepared for such a commitment, along with all of its costs in blood and treasure," he said.

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    Bouchard regretful as Slam chance goes begging

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