According to a Pakistan Observer article, (the only English Newspaper in the country) “ The United States, Britain and France have sent several hundred defense advisors to train and support the anti-Gadhafi forces in oil-rich Eastern Libya where armed rebel groups have apparently taken over.”
Although the troops are classified as “advisers” they have brought not only fighting know-how but several caches of weapons and all the necessary provisions for a prolonged stay in the region, as well. Although not stated specifically what weapons the special forces operatives have brought with them, it is reported that a Libyan official has said “the three Western states have landed their special forces troops in Cyrenaica and are now setting up their bases, and training centers.” This is to reinforce the rebel forces that are resisting pro-Gadhafi forces in several adjoining areas.
According to the article the initial task at hand is to “neutralize” the Libyan Air force, this effort would be in an attempt to “limit Gadhafi’s rule in Tripoli if not fully uprooted from the country”.
If this is true, which I believe it is, obama lied about our presence in Libya. Although, I know in this kind of operation you would most certainly have boots on the ground to help direct air strikes and you would not want your enemy to know. However, this begs the question......Isn't this how we started in Vietnam, with "advisors?"