Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told NBC’s Meet the Press this morning that the U.S. will have a “limited” campaign in Libya with “no boots on the ground.” The mission, he said, “is not about occupation in any way, shape or form.”
Mullen acknowledged that Moammar Qaddafi, the Libyan tyrant, may be able to hold onto power. “It isn’t about seeing him go,” he said. “It is about supporting the United Nations resolution, which talked to eliminating his ability to kill his own people as well supporting the humanitarian effort.”
When moderator David Gregory pressed, Mullen reiterated that Qaddafi could remain in Tripoli. “That is certainly potentially one outcome,” he said.