I *think* what the president is trying to accomplish with the American intervention Libya is establishing a precedent that America can act as a partner in an international coalition, rather than always leading the way. To the extent that I'd like to see America less involved in policing the world, generally, but also recognize that the world sometimes needs policing (setting aside the merits of this particular action for the moment), I suppose this is a positive move.
I nonetheless remain skeptical. I'll believe the American role is limited when it is demonstrably so.
And the notion that the US does not "turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries" would be laughable were we not talking about, you know, atrocities.
ADDENDUM--After scanning the transcript, that speech was even more nonsensical than I appreciated when I was half-listening to it while working on something else.
I can't help but wonder if this is how the Brits felt after Blair got talked into joining us in Iraq.