The U.S. Pentagon is moving two warships off the coast of Libya, the USS Laboon destroyer off the coast of Libya, followed by the USS McFaul within days. The move is due to the attack in Benghazi that killed four people, one the U.S. Ambassador.
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."