Washington (CNN) — The Obama administration strongly defended its handling of the Libyan crisis Thursday, drawing a clear line between military and political objectives while dismissing criticism that it has failed to adequately consult with members of Congress.
“We are not engaged in militarily-driven regime change,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters. Instead, the administration is engaged in “time-limited, scope-limited” action with other countries to protect civilians from forces loyal to strongman Moammar Gadhafi.
American armed forces will be transitioning to a “support and assist” role in the international coalition within a matter of days, he promised. U.S. ground troops will not be sent into Libya, he stressed.