Obama has reiterated frequently that America is not leading the war in Libya, Britain and France are. Because, historically, Britain and France have never made anybody but friends in North Africa. They have clean hands and no track record in the region of trying to pull anything. Whoever heard of Britain and France trying to, say, steal the Suez Canal from Egypt in 1956, or de facto ruling Egypt
for 60 years, or ruling Tunisia and half of Morocco, or letting a million Europeans settle Algeria
and fighting an eight-year long war to hang on to it?