President Obama appeared on TV to give his update statement over Libya: there was little new in it - he repeated his calls for Gaddafi to leave or something to that nature (which Gaddafi already responded to preemptively by saying that "he is not a president so he can not step down"), but most importantly said that he has now approved the use of military jets (thank you Enterprise) for evacuation purposes. Of course, the question of how provocation would be responded to considering there is still no "no fly zone" instituted is merely tempting the hand of fate to immediately retaliate to any provocation. In the meantime, Reuters reports that the Pentagon is now actively monitoring Libyan airspace. Which is to be expected: with the CVN65 Enterprise a day or so away from Tripoli, they would certainly have an active monitoring interest. But the FTW line today belongs to Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam who justified recent bombing raids as follows: "First of all the bombs (were) just to frighten them to go away." It only makes sense that the whole world is now one big tragicomedy.
The U.S. Defense Department said on Thursday it knows the Libyan government has been using air power but not whether warplanes have attacked rebels fighting to end the 41-year rule of Muammar Gaddafi.
"We have seen very clearly broadcast reports showing effects of air power being used," Pentagon spokesman Colonel David Lapan told reporters.
"Whether or not those were used on rebels, I can't say but ... there is evidence they have used air assets and drop coordinates."
Libya has acknowledged its use of air power, saying strikes are intended to scare off militia fighters and gain control of oil installations in the east.
Witnesses said on Thursday that a warplane for a second day bombed the oil terminal town of Brega, 500 miles (800 km) east of Tripoli, the site of a struggle for control of a strategically vital coastal road and oil industry facilities.
"First of all the bombs (were) just to frighten them to go away," Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, said of the Brega air strike on Britain's Sky News.