In order to kill a mild dictator that Obama and the rest of the gang used to support and subsidize, it cost the US government $1 billion. In the grand scheme of things, this is actually only about one quarter of what the US borrows per day.
But it truly is a small price to pay for the self-congratulations and back-slapping coming from the White House and from the fawning press. Hillary the Hawk cackles to a reporter, reveling in the bloodshed. The corporate media cycles the footage of Gadaffi being captured and killed over and over again. Americans root for the home team. We got him!
But what's next? Without Gadaffi, there seems to be a mix of different tribal loyalties, gangs, and the same people who used to be in Iraq shooting Marines. African Libyans are being driven out of their homes and their country.
Obama and Co. may thump their chests that the US killed another tin-pot dictator in an oil rich country, but the US-NATO satrap now has their hands full.
The "transition to democracy," lush contracts, aid; if anything can be learned from the history of American wars, it's that the US government never leaves. Japan, Korea, Germany, and hundreds of other bases around the globe are still flooded with American troops, American weapons, and American tax dollars.
Libya will, no doubt, not be any different. AFRICOM needs a playground to test out all of its new toys. Dig in your heels and keep working, serfs, the Pentagon is going to need more and more of your money as the Empire swells into Africa.