"They are armed, however ... "
"Obama assured Americans,"
"U.S. officials speaking on the condition of anonymity have acknowledged,"
"Kirby wouldn't say if there are plans in the future... "
Is there an American alive who can believe anything uttered by any US government representative?
According to Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby, the four unidentified troops are there working under the State Department's chief of mission to assist in rebuilding the U.S. Embassy.
Kirby also made clear these troops are in no way part of a military operation on the ground. They are armed, however, if for some reason they need to protect themselves.
The troops are only expected to be there for a short while. After the assessment of the embassy is complete, they are expected to leave.
Obama assured Americans in March when the bombing campaign over Libya began that there would be no boots on the ground. From the East Room of the White House on March 18, he said: "The United States is not going to deploy ground troops into Libya."
U.S. officials speaking on the condition of anonymity have acknowledged the CIA has had a small number of so-called "spotters" on the ground to assist in the NATO mission. It's also well known that other foreign governments have sent special operations forces to fight on the ground with the rebels.
"You need this kind of expertise to make it safe for diplomats to return," Bolton said.
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Kirby wouldn't say if there were plans to send more U.S. troops in the future.