Reuters: Obama Authorized Covert Support for Libyan Rebels

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President reportedly signed secret order within last two or three weeks.

Plus: CIA sends teams into Libya.

Carney: “I am not going to comment on intelligence matters. I will reiterate what the President said yesterday – no decision has been made about providing arms to the opposition or to any group in Libya.”

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
March 30, 2011

Statement by the Press Secretary

As is common practice for this and all Administrations, I am not going to comment on intelligence matters. I will reiterate what the President said yesterday – no decision has been made about providing arms to the opposition or to any group in Libya. We’re not ruling it out or ruling it in. We’re assessing and reviewing options for all types of assistance that we could provide to the Libyan people, and have consulted directly with the opposition and our international partners about these matters.

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Obama's Bush-like (which is not to say "Bush-lite") national security practices have long included a reliance on covert operations to deal in some of the darker corners of the world. Anyone who is surprised that Obama would do this hasn't been paying attention.
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