United States Ready to Start Dropping Some Bombs in Libya

A rebel fighter (R) and a rebel sympathizer look up as they hear an incoming rocket hit in a nearby neighborhood in the eastern Libyan city of Ajdabiya on March 15, 2011. Rebels clashed with pro-Moamer Kadhafi forces in the outskirts of the city. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images/Getty

After a string of victories by Colonel Muammar Qaddafi's forces in Libya, the city of Benghazi has become the rebels' last stronghold. Consequently, the United States has determined that a no-fly zone — which has been debated in the international community for weeks — would no longer do much good. In order to prevent a slaughter, the Obama administration is now seeking support in the United Nations for direct military strikes on Qaddafi's army. Because when you think of swift, urgent action, you think of the U.N. Security Council. [NYT, WSJ]