I think we all missed this last week, but it’s worth noticing:
Less than a month into the Libyan conflict, NATO is running short of precision bombs, highlighting the limitations of Britain, France and other European countries in sustaining even a relatively small military action over an extended period of time, according to senior NATO and U.S. officials.
Britain had a whopping 64 Tomahawk cruise missiles in its entire inventory, and they’ve already used 20. 112 were fired in the first salvo against Libya – presumably almost every one of them was ours.
The next time some European leader talks smack about his country intervening in some crisis or other, keep this in mind: he has nothing to back up his big words. If he wants to engage in a military intervention, his big mouth will be backed up by our big stick. And a major part of his war-making strategy is going to be making us part of his folly du jour. This doesn’t get reported much, but it’s worth remembering the next time the leader of one of these militarily impotent former empires needs a boost in his re-election campaign.