“The only restriction says there shall be no foreign occupation force, but as we know from Iraq and Afghanistan, you can have an awful lot of troops on the ground fighting and not call it an occupation,” says Phyllis Bennis, explaining the United Nations resolution that led a coalition of troops to start bombing Libya this weekend.

Phyllis joins us via Skype from Washington, D.C. to fill us in on the story behind the decision to intervene in Libya, who the players are, why this matters, and whether we’re in this one too for the long haul.

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