The reason cited for “Operation Odyssey Dawn”* is protection of civilians from being murdered by the Libyan government. Recently, the Saudi military helped the king of Bahrain kill several of his dissatisfied subjects. So, what’s the magic number that divides a response of “psst, we kinda respectfully disapprove of that…btw, you got that oil?” from “AMERICA SMASH!!!”?
(* – Any idea WTF the meaning of that term is supposed to be? Last I checked, even al-Jazeera didn’t know.)