The sheer absurdity of the revisionist history coming to this thread is mind blowing. Libya wasn't even a US concern, France and the UK spearheaded it through NATO and the UN, our wonderful president was just dumb enough to go along for the ride.
And I'm the one being accused of revisionism? Sarkozy would never have the balls to initiate or suggest an attack on Libya on his own, although the attack on Libya also served the interests of France at the time. Do you really think the US, with their ability to veto any resolution and still withdrawing from Iraq at the time, would just 'go along for the ride'?
Nah, the US initiated the whole process and Sarkozy and Tony Blair jumped at the opportunity to have some say on what happened in Libya once Gadaffi had been deposed. Sharing the spoils, you could say.
In fact, the attack on Libya started being planned by the US right after 9/11.
In this Amy Goodman 2007 interview with General Wesley Clark, he states:
"I knew why, because I had been through the Pentagon right after 9/11. About 10 days after 9/11, I went through the Pentagon, and I saw Secretary Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz. [...]
So I came back to see him a few weeks later, and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan. I said, "Are we still going to war with Iraq?" And he said, "Oh, it’s worse than that." He reached over on his desk. He picked up a piece of paper. And he said, "I just got this down from upstairs" — meaning the secretary of defense’s office — "today." And he said, "This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran." I said, "Is it classified?" He said, "Yes, sir." I said, "Well, don’t show it to me." And I saw him a year or so ago, and I said, "You remember that?" He said, "Sir, I didn’t show you that memo! I didn’t show it to you!"
Personally, I'd have just flown a B-2 over his palace one day and called it good, but Bush had this crazy idea that they could be civilized and build a peaceful society together instead of devolving into sectarian violence once their brutal dictator was gone, it's not like it's never happened before...
Bush had what?! lol
Edit: JC, we already have inflation, it's just a matter of the government playing pretend. A 20 ounce soda was a buck 10-15 years ago, it's like $1.80 now. Meat, veggies, etc, they've all gone up similarly. The government simply changes the way they measure things to include or exclude things like housing based on whether it's convenient or not at the time. Countries dropping the dollar have far less impact on our inflation than our yearly money printing does.
Inflation is one thing. Hyperinflation (or a country's total economic collapse) quite another.