The Libyan War, American Power and the Decline of the Petrodollar System [Updated May 15, 2011]

Scott, Peter Dale
May 2011
Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus;5/2/2011, Issue 18, p3
The author reflects on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) campaign against Libyan Moammar Gaddafi as he believes that it is both ill-conceived and dangerous and threatens the interest of Libyans, Americans and the entire world. He notes that the confusion by the U.S. matched by the absence of a strategic motive for U.S. involvement is a sign that the American century is ending. He further points to the confusion in NATO where only 14 are involved in the Libyan campaign and only six involved in the air war. He cites a possible heavy human toll if the stalemate in Libya continues or escalates further. He concludes that America is losing its ability to enforce and maintain peace and suggests joining calls for immediate cease-fire in Libya.


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