Peter Beinart, in his overly anxious declaration of a Post-America World , believes that America is weak, and this is why Europe is taking the lead in Libya. Look, I've been against the invasion of Libya from the minute it was considered, but to say Europe is "leading" is laughable. So far, the majority of the action has been American action. Sarkozy only wanted the image-enhancement of being strong for his next election.
Europe is weak and in confusion -- America can handle this by itself, but it shouldn't be handling it at all. Beinart says the future will not need America, but all the evidence points to America being needed now more than ever. America has to decide for itself what our role will be, but we are not forced out of the international scene into weakness, not yet. America is needed economically as a leader moreso than militarily, but in the world of realism and politics, America is desperately needed militarily. Europe will not last long without the threat of American support. Again, we need a new doctrine going into the 21st century. It's not that we can't play the role of World Police, but that we shouldn't. Europe is not strong, but they need to become strong, and we need to bring our troops home.
The comparison Beinart makes between Obama and Jefferson is simply silly. Obama is an interventionist, an internationalist, a globalist -- Jefferson, although he initially was a non-interventionist, became an interventionist in the Mid-East when Arab countries became an obstacle to open trade, which makes Beinart's claim sillier. The principles first promoted by Jefferson are foreign to Obama.