Is America Now Irrelevant?
As Europe takes the lead on the Libyan intervention, it's a powerful signal of America's weakening global influence. Peter Beinart on Obama's Jeffersonian turn—and the end of an empire.
Is the U.S. out of the international intervention business? "Some commentators love the Libya war; others hate it. But most agree that it’s profoundly unnatural that we were pushed into it by... France. Welcome to the post-American world. In the age we’re entering, most of the time, the choice will no longer be between humanitarian interventions controlled by the United States and humanitarian interventions where other nations take the lead. The choice will be between humanitarian interventions where other nations take the lead and no humanitarian interventions at all."