President Obama offers various justifications for his decision to intervene in Libya’s civil war. He argues that humanitarianism required that we act, that the credibility of the United States and United Nations in standing up to dictators was on the line,and that Qaddafi had forfeited his legitimacy and Americans must support democratic movements.
Are these sensible reasons to make war? Do our tactics in Libya serve these goals? And what is the role of Congress in asking these sorts of questions?