Catholic Online
April 1, 2011

In a compilation of the five major military operations in which the United States participated in a coalition during the past 20 years. It has been shown that 32 countries participated in the 1991 Persian Gulf War; 24 countries participated in the 1995 Bosnia mission; 19 countries participated in the 1999 Kosovo mission; 48 nations participated in the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and 40 countries participated in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

In stark contrast, only 15 countries, including the United States, have committed to a military contribution to the war in Libya.

Experts stress that all of these military interventions happened in different contexts. They also added that the reason Obama’s Libya war coalition has less international involvement than all the others was due to his administration’s behavior in the lead-up to the war, its approach to multilateralism, the speed at which it was put together and the justifications for the war itself.

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