The US effort in Libya at a cost of 1.1 Billion, came to a dramatic conclusion as photos of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's bloody corpse were circulated via cell phone and the internet. A stark reminder that when the US supports the downfall of dictators the end result is often less desirable than the prior disagreeable arrangement.
President Obama, has blindly continued the troubled path set down by the Bush Chaney era. In fact the Obama administration has managed to politically destabilize eight counties vs Bush's two, and Obama has done it in half the time.
Qadfafi's execution, and it was an execution. contrasts with the peaceful demonstrations that began on February 17 in Cairo. As the demonstrations in Cairo turned violent so do all demonstrations.
As Americans we are ignorant of Arab history and for some reason we expect a different result as each dictator falls.
Iron fisted rulers keep order by killing or imprisoning those who cause trouble. The press is censured, dissent is eliminated and the end result is crime is low, protests don't happen and life has order. The American experiment in democracy work because our country dealt with dissent with an "Iron Fist", just ask the Indians, the Southerns, the African Americans in the 1960's. Ask the Spanish, the Hawaiians, and the Filipinos.
Reality is harsh, but we need to understand that democracy in the Arab world is not and never will be the same as democracy in the west.
The Obama administration as with the Bush administration in 2002 has no answer for the "now what?" question.
And so as winter's chill winds gather we Americans turn our backs and walk off stage.
Cedar Bonus: The best coverage of Qaddafi's death is
herefrom CBS News.