Mission creep watch

This is shaping up to be quite the splendid little war:

European nations stepped up efforts Wednesday to aid Libyan rebels, with France pledging to intensify airstrikes against the forces of Moammar Gaddafi, and Italy joining the French and British in announcing plans to help train and organize the rebel fighters.


The Obama administration has said it will not send ground forces into Libya, and senior U.S. military officials said they have received no instructions to plan such an effort. But the administration has not ruled out what State Department spokesman Mark Toner described Tuesday as stepped-up “non-lethal assistance.” Toner also said that the possibility of arming the rebels has “not been taken off the table.”

Remember when this was nothing more than a no-fly zone established to prevent a massacre of civilians?

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