Monday, March 21, 2011
We want Europe to play a leading role, now let them do it
Every time there's a dust-up around the world and the US rides, Lone Ranger style, to the rescue once again, every body whines that the Europeans don't pitch in and do their part. Or better yet, they rightly point out that the Europeans never handle trouble in their own back yard and the Americans have to come handle what should be Europe's business.
Over the weekend, France and Great Britain, both with very capable, modern militaries, pounced on the chance to take the fight to Qaddafi in Libya. Now, Obama is being criticized for the US's intentions to take a back seat in the fighting. Obama deserves criticism for a lot of things, but letting Europe handle Qaddafi while we play a supporting role is not one of them.
Just because there's some shooting and killing to be done, doesn't meant the US has to be the king-daddy deliverer of it all the time.