Louis XVI failed to make the case for intervention in North America. He never addressed the issue of his warmaking powers. He failed to distinguish between America and other cases like it, such as India, Vietnam, or Indo-China. And he didn’t adequately address the question of the overextension of the military after the Seven Year's War, and the distraction from the crying needs that face his country.
The promises of rebels -- as voiced in their "Declaration of Independence" -- should be met with the same skepticism as the rationale for war offered by the Auguste administration. "If the King is going to go on training rebels every time the flow of commerce is threatened," wrote the King's critics from their hiding places, "then we can expect perpetual war."
As long as the UN, NATO and Arab League have the lead roles in this, I have no problem with what our military is doing in North Africa. I do believe that our current President is smarter than our previous one. And I believe that the people of Libya have the same rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that we did in 1776.