This morning there are reports of French fighter jets flying missions over Libya. They say that only Nixon could have gone to China. Perhaps it is true that only Obama could make the Europeans defend liberty.
If there is a silver lining in the shriveled outline of the American cojones, then it is that one might take comfort that we will not be the contract bully for Europe. If 'nothing' can be solved by combat, then one could boast sotto voce that we are not wasting our time and money. So. America walks behind France. That can be a good thing.