COPENHAGEN - An increased E.U. naval presence off Libya, creating safer passage for migrants and refugees and combating smuggling of weapons and oil, could be a possible course of action. But a military intervention in Libya at this point is playing with fire.
Congressional debate is a key means of compelling the administration to clearly state its case and its objectives, to be honest and transparent about the potential cost of its proposed policies, and to limit its actions to its stated objectives.
This is an opportunity for the Gulf Cooperation Council to prove that it is self-confident and groundbreaking, not just when it comes to developments on the ground, but also in shaping leading trends in the region.
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.