U.S. warplanes are attacking Moammar Gadhafi's defenses in Libya, but White House officials have avoided describing the operation as a "war," with all the connotations that brings.
They've offered some alternative descriptions instead.
Press Secretary Jay Carney on Thursday: "It is a time-limited, scope-limited military action."
Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, on Wednesday: "This is a military operation that will be limited in both duration and scope. ... We are not getting into an open-ended war, a land invasion in Libya."
Those descriptions aren't convincing everyone. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called the military action in Libya a "war" in a letter he sent to President Barack Obama this week.