As I lay awake last night, thinking about the events of the day, namely the brutal murder of Libya’s President, and the role that the U.S. played in his death, I couldn't help but compare it with the events of the past decade in Iraq.
Then this thought came to mind, 'What if Russia, China, etc. decide that the U.S. is no longer trustworthy or predictable?'
First, it appears that Bush went to war without just cause. That said, he seems to have tried to abide by the law once he began his engagement. Yes, Saddam was executed, but only after a prolonged trial where all the evidence was presented. In a strained sense, justice was served according to due process.
But now, Obama goes to war (or should I say 'has the audacity to assassinate the President of another country in broad daylight'), without just cause, at no cost to the U.S., and without any plan to restore law and order after the death of Gaddafi.
Once upon a time Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, etc could expect America to play hardball, but at least we played by the rules and tried to be good boy scouts afterwards by leaving the campsite better than how we found it. Now, there are no reliable rules, and therefore our enemies don’t really know what to expect.
Neither men nor nations act rationally when they are afraid and don’t know what to expect.
I hope I'm just naive and uninformed, but I wonder if this will prove to be a significant turning point in international relations.