The two warships
are carrying Tomahawk missiles with the command to respond to any specific mission ordered by President Obama. With a crew of 300, they will join four destroyers already located in the Mediterranean.
American military involvement in Libya first became an issue last year when Mr. Obama ordered limited actions to intervene in the developing civil war in the oil-rich country. At that time, theNY Times
reported that the White House was being criticized by Congress over the worsening air war in Libya, with "President Obama asserting he had the authority to continue the military campaign without Congressional approval because American involvement fell short of full-blown hostilities."