What's Next for Libya and America's Role in Foreign Adventures?
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What's Next for Libya and America's Role in Foreign Adventures?

Moammar Gadhafi is still at large, but the US, NATO and neighboring countries are already preparing for Libya's next regime. We update action on the ground and in the world of diplomacy. Also, Hurricane Irene batters the Bahamas, with evacuations ordered for North Carolina. On Reporter's Notebook, Steve Jobs has been to communications technology what Henry Ford was to cars. What's next for Apple now that Jobs has resigned?

Banner image: Rebels celebrate after overrunning Moammar Gadhafi's Bab al-Azizya compound in Tripoli on August 23, 2011. (The iconic golden fist statue depicts a fist crushing a US jet fighter after the Libyan leader's former residence was bombed in 1986 by US aircraft.) Photos by Florent Marcie/Abdelhak Senna/AFP/Getty Images

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What's Next for Libya and America's Role in Foreign Adventures? ()

gadhafi.jpgWhen last heard from, Moammar Gadhafi threatened a fight to the death. Now, NATO is helping rebels to find him, while his loyalists continue to put up a fight. At a conference in Turkey, the US urged donor nations to unfreeze Libyan assets the rebels need to show they can govern the country. Nobody thinks that will be easy, given religious and tribal differences after 42 years of one-man rule and six months of civil war. Will the Obama "lead from behind" strategy be seen as successful?  Has a retreat from Bush-style unilateralism been dictated by America's economic struggles?

Photo: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi walking into a press briefing on February 5, 2011, at the same spot as the banner image above, with the iconic golden fist statue behind him, depicting a fist crushing a US jet fighter after Kadhafi's former residence was bombed in 1986 by US aircraft.

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