We have heard a lot of talk in the last 8 years about the US being over extended, and weakened. Talk that we are not a super power anymore. If there is one thing Libya shows us is that Simply is not true. That while we may struggle running 2 boots on the ground occupational wars, we are still the jedi nights of the air and sea. We can still establish air superiority over most Nations in a matter of hours. Remember Gates, and Obama, and Hillary talking about how dangerous and hard, and long it would be to establish a no fly zone? Well according to analysts we had effective air Superiority the second we crossed into Libyan air space (not one Libyan jet even tried to take off) and in just over 24 hours we had effective air supremacy. Other than our nuclear deterrent, and economic power. It is the US air force and Navy that makes us a super power. The ability to control the oceans, and bring to bear air power effective enough to establish Air Supremacy where ever we want. Is what puts us above and beyond all other Nations on earth as a super power, and is the most important thing to keep up. one of the reasons the slow erosion of our navy, and cutting of things like the f-22 project trouble me so much. Because in the end, all we need is superior Air and naval power to remain a force to be reckoned with in the world. We could cut our ground troops to nearly nothing, and still be safe from any conventional Attack depending on only the USAF and Navy.