My knowledge of Libya begins and ends with phonetics, so I don’t have a whole lot to say about the ongoing events there, but I figure I should at least acknowledge them. I’m really unsure about whether military intervention is the right way for the US and NATO to approach this, but that’s the way things have gone so at this point I just hope it all works out reasonably well and that this intervention leads to somewhat less bloodshed than would otherwise have occurred rather than somewhat more. For the US specifically, Libya is in some ways the easy case among the various Arab countries undergoing political unrest right now. The Libyan regime has long been a thorn in the American side, so while the decision on whether or not to intervene is tricky, the decision on which side to take is not. When it comes to places like Yemen and, especially, Bahrain, however, it’s really unclear where the US will end up throwing its support, whether or not that support takes the form of direct military aid. There is certainly the potential for using a forceful response in Libya to put pressure on US allies elsewhere in the region to take a conciliatory approach to demands for democratic reform, but whether the Obama administration actually ends up following through on that opportunity is totally unknowable as far as I can tell at this point.