...will they learn?

When you call things "unacceptable" as a leader and make demands, but do nothing, you alter the meaning of "unacceptable".

Quite clearly whatever is happening in Libya is perfectly acceptable to the United States.

TRIPOLI, Libya — An international campaign to force Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi out of office gathered pace on Monday as the European Union adopted an arms embargo and other sanctions, the opposition showed increasing signs of organization in the east, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton bluntly told the Libyan leader to surrender power “now, without further violence or delay.”