"And should the rebels somehow overthrow Qaddafi, they will have the legitimacy which comes of winning an insurgency, as the Iraqis placed on the throne by U.S. power did not."
~James Traub, Foreign Policy
An interesting article, but this statement is nonsense. Since when does insurgency grant legitimacy? And this insurgency would have been stomped into the sands of Libya had it not been for American military might.
Also, there is no king in Libya to replace Qaddafi yet, so there is still plenty of time for the U.S. to play kingmaker.