Here's an irony. The NATO air campaign that helped overthrow Gaddafi, and that French President Nicolas Sarkozy couldn't wait to launch, has presented Sarkozy's successor, Francois Hollande, with a big problem in Mali. It has also placed France in what could prove a dicey predicament.
The risks of France's vague, open-ended venture -- which the U.S. has already indicated it will support -- are already being debated. What I find particularly ironic is that the country that has probably most to gain from the intervention is China.