In Libya, if it's not a war, what is it?

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Posted: Mar 24, 2011 4:09 PM
In Libya, if it's not a war, what is it?

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.