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vital in the Libyan case. Perhaps that's why they're on board, in fact : it probably would have gone ahead without them; and they are not in the front line, unless I've missed something.

In that respect, the US role is a symbol of Obama's muted, nuanced, cautious foreign policy. Entirely appropriate in the modern "multipolar" world. And especially so in the context of the Arab spring; a prominent role for the USA would be singularly unwelcome.

Syria worries me the most. The US is following the same line as it did in Egypt, praising and encouraging the regime while others are condemning it. Regime change is obviously problematic for them, with respect to Israel.
But that didn't save Mubarak...

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by eurogreen on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 08:53:29 AM EST
I don't see America's participation as especially vital in the Libyan case.

Well, they're certainly doing a lot of something, seeing as they've flown more bombing sorties over Libya than the European powers combined during this crisis.

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 09:10:38 AM EST
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Is US satellite intel also vital to the accuracy and planning of missile strikes and bombing runs?  Do France/UK have a satellite over Libya?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 04:33:40 PM EST
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Swedish Colonel Pellnäs who served in Bosnia, wrote an article after the Kosova war where he explained that only the US has good data, which means everybody else has to take their word as gospel (and points out a number of inaccuracies regarding the Kosova war). I do not know if this has changed.

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Mar 31st, 2011 at 08:36:28 AM EST
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and, according to the Canard Enchainé all military decisions are made by the Pentagon. France tried hard to do things on its own (or with the UK) but failed. It's all run by the US, even if they are more discreet about than usual.

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 31st, 2011 at 05:37:10 PM EST
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