The question of whether the U.S. should be the “world’s policeman” has a particular kind of 1990s ring to it. At least, I hear it that way, probably because I had to answer the question in multiple rounds of high school debate. It was a pertinent question that decade, as the U.S.
At a morning hearing of the the House Armed Services Committee, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told members that political turbulence in the Middle East and Northern Africa holds "peril and promise" for the U.S.The same could be said for President Obama's decision to drop bombs on Libya, a military
President Obama's Monday night speech on Libya was probably as striking for what he didn't say as much as what he did say.For instance, he didn't offer details for how much longer the U.S. military will be actively involved in the effort.It's not hard to see why he'd avoid that one.
Political activity has been sweeping the Middle East and North Africa. For decades the region has been mostly under autocratic rule. Now long-standing dynasties, from Qaddafi in Libya to Khalifa in Bahrain may fall.
As Donald Rumsfeld might say, there are known knowns and known unknowns. And one known known is that the passage of time doesn't appear to have mellowed Rumsfeld.In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, the former Bush administration defense secretary was as feisty as ever.