The imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya must be approved by the UN Security Council. Otherwise, it will violate the UN Charter -- and the U.S. Constitution, which states that our treaty obligations are "the supreme law of the land."
The Muslim Brotherhood brings a lot to the table in its potential to help peacefully establish a consensus government that could supervise elections that the majority of Egyptians would see as legitimate.
The Guardian article should not have used the present tense to describe US policy based on the leaked cables while ignoring its own reporting, subsequent to the dates of the leaked cables, that the US said its policy had changed.
It is commonly believed that gains in Afghnistan have been realized for women since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. But since the realities of such gains have their limits, it is not quite that simple.
What's generally missing from the frequent assertion, "The Taliban will not negotiate if they think they're winning" is any specific information about the Taliban that would allow us to draw this conclusion.