You may not agree with him, but you must admit: President Obama made the case for American intervention in Libya strongly and clearly.
He told us why he authorized the use of military force, at the request of the Arab League and the United Nations: to stop the slaughter of Libyan people by Qaddafi’s forces.
He reported success so far: Qaddafi stopped in his tracks. All operations turned over to NATO. The U.S. continuing only in a supporting role.
And he spelled out our ultimate goal: to continue diplomatic and financial pressure on Qaddafi until he is forced out of power – without using the U.S. military.
On this point, President Obama was especially forceful: We made the mistake of pursuing regime change in Iraq, he reminded us. That decision cost us 8 years, trillions of dollars, and some 5,000 American lives. He vowed: We’re not going to repeat that mistake again.
Sure, there are still questions about how long this operation will take and what it will cost.
But I think the President made a convincing case. Stopping the slaughter of innocents, helping get rid of a tyrant, and smoothing the transition to democracy is worth America’s limited military involvement.
That’s my parting shot for today.