Our interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan came after more than a hundred attempts at regime change all over the world, producing civil war and failing to promote democracy.
Even with the removal of Muammar Qaddafi, our Libya expedition shows we havent learned our lesson.
The United States suffers from a containment-liberation complex.
In Libya, Obama has balanced interests and values while limiting risks.
Promoting democracy by military intervention is an oxymoron in ethical and political terms.
U.S. leaders know that regime change can be destabilizing and expensive, but they do it anyway.
In Libya, the aim should have been to reduce violence so that protests could be peaceful.
Violence begets violence, undermining the prospects for new regimes to thrive.
What about when the United States fails to intervene?
The wellbeing of the Washington establishment is not the same as the interests of the American people.
Regime change is typically a choice, not a necessity.