The United Nations approved airstrikes against Libya, giving President Obama the option to create a No Fly Zone and bomb Libyan tanks and heavy armor to prevent him from defeating the rebellion.
The resolution passed 10-0, with Russia, China, India, Brazil and Germany abstaining. All of these five certainly would have rather voted against the resolution, and so the vote is a clear demonstration that the United States can still throw its weight heavily around, and that Obama can take a leadership role on the world stage if he feels he must.
Whether Obama waited too long to take serious measures to save the Libyan rebellion – instead of knocking out Qaddafi earlier in the battle with a No Fly Zone – remains to be seen. If he has, the result will be a huge blow to his and the United States’ prestige.
The president is reportedly conferring with his National Security Council, and bombing could begin at any moment.