Conrad Black at NRO
points out that the Libya mess is really a French move, with America tagging along for the ride.
This is unique
in the post-1989 history of American wars. Until this point, all the wars run by Резидент Bush The Father, Comrade Clinton, Sultan Bush The Son, and Pasha Obama were purely American initiatives.
We created various forms of fictional façades, using UN or NATO or other "alliances", but nobody was fooled. America was the aggressor in each case.
This time we're joining in belatedly and grudgingly, with no stated purpose. Most likely our real
purpose is to obstruct the French, who can be remarkably effective and harsh when they are defending French interests. (There was a time when America was effective and harsh, a time when America defended American interests. That time is long gone and won't return.)
Why obstruct? Easy. Our goal in this war is to keep it going as long as possible, maintain indeterminate disorder and chaos in a country that competes with Saudi oil.