Gideon, Europe has slept for so long under the wings of the eagle that too many entirely forgot about history. It’s easier to claim there is a world open to our reasoning and wealth alone. To some, we’ve been such bad boys that the world deserves a chance to sing Kumbaya without us messing things up. Such a pleasant dream.
Eric Kohlmann Kupper makes a good point: there obviously is a need for a joint European expeditionary force that would be capable enough to handle at least a situation like Libya but that would ideally be capable of much more. European nations replicate too many military options. This assumes a level of political agreement and integration we are still far removed from. It is a quandary almost impossible to solve. Still better coordination and integration of military options would help. A shared understanding of the nature of the world around us would help as well. But I think Europe is much closer to that than many assume.