Donald Trump offered America some insight yesterday into how he would conduct foreign policy in the unlikely event that he becomes president of these United States: he would "screw" our enemies by leasing them land and then denying them the right to use that land, while keeping the money.
If protecting civilians from evil dictators were the goal, there's an easier, safer way than aerial bombardment for the U.S. and its allies to consider: Simply stop arming and propping up evil dictators.
Obama believes that as commander-in-chief he has the power to order the U.S. military into battle. But by attacking Libya he has greatly expanded the unchecked executive powers that Bush's excesses and overreach established.
Rather than selling a war as an existential threat to America, American democracy, freedom, the flag, Mom, and apple pie (as pretty much every president has done for decades), Barack Obama's approach is something new: war as a nuisance.
Germany is the most important leader of unified Europe, but the clumsy stance on Libya has cleared the way for France to assert itself in a way that delays any hope of Europe coming of age as a combined political entity.