The US bombing of Libya in support of rebel clients in the spring of 2011
is part and parcel of a sustained policy of military intervention in Africa since at least the mid 1950’s.
According to a US Congressional Research Service Study  published in November 2010,
Washington has dispatched anywhere between hundreds and several thousand combat troops,
dozens of fighter planes and warships to buttress client dictatorships or to unseat adversarial regimes
in dozens of countries,
almost on a yearly basis.
The record shows the US armed forces intervened 46 times prior to the current Libyan wars.
The countries suffering one or more US military intervention include the Congo,
Central African Republic,