Libyans want to put the Qadhafi era behind them, but they also want capable individuals to draft the constitution, keep the lights on and the oil flowing. To achieve this they need a strong, moderate leadership.
Neoconservatives, liberal internationalists, and "Responsibility to Protect" (R2P) advocates were, all in separate ways, pleased to see their programs enacted. Yet none of the above parties will suffer the consequences of what they enabled, from afar, in Libya.
The U.S. has shaped its policy toward the Middle East according to the Chinese proverb of "killing the chicken to scare the monkey." Gaddafi is the undead chicken. Bashar al-Assad and Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa are the unscared monkeys.
Anyone who believes the actions we take in Libya are unrelated to the budget battle would probably believe that federal funding of National Public Radio caused our $1.3 trillion deficit. The facts just don't add up.