Libya is in Africa, not Europe.
I love the smell of face-palm in the morning!
"You ain't no Muslim bruv!"
President Mubarak was not a revolutionary leader. Even as he was an authoritarian ruler, he was an incrementalist. In contrast, the clerical regime in Iran is one example of a revolutionary regime. Col. Gadhafi's is another. Not surprisingly, both regimes have resorted to often massive violence to suppress the legitimate demands of their people. As far as they are concerned, the revolution comes first. If necessary, the people are wholly expendable. That, unfortunately, is the ugly reality of revolutionary leaders and their regimes.
Gaddafi could be taken out if that were made the main goal but it would require inside information on his location.
Used to be you could go into an underground bunker 20 or 30 feet down sealed in concrete but no more.
Bunker busters can now penetrate 100 feet of earth and then 20 feet of concrete and kill anything in the bunker with themobaric explosion.
This is not a mess, we did what we do best. Death from above. We took out key targets and now the rest is up the French.
Kudos to Obama for being patient, reading the situation brilliantly, and only committing to limited U.S. involvement.