NYT has an interesting take on the change of heart of Libya's Qaddafi: That's in the concluding paragraph of an editorial regarding US/UK role, where they concede that: The NYT's attempts to twist what has been going on, just illuminates the 'cascading effect', put forward by Austin Bay here, http://www.strategypage.com/onpoint/articles/20031218.asp and also covered on NPR radio yesterday. It just makes on figure, it must suk to be a liberal/democrat/internationist right now. In the past month the US economy appears to be ready to explode. In spite of the 'amateurist' handling of DOD and State, France and Germany have both agreed to a restructuring/forgiveness of some debt, regarding Iraq. Saddam is caught. Unemployment is down and the markets are up and rising. The UN is appearing ever more irrelevant via their pullout in Iraq and threatened pull out in the multi-lateralist sanctioned Afghanist-and it's their own fault.