In case you haven’t heard, the United States has begun a third war in the Middle East. President Obama will address the nation tonight to explain why he has led the United States into the Libyan civil war. On this topic, I think Ross Douthat is on the right track in his column today for The New York Times. He poses four questions that President Obama needs to answer in his address to the nation.
1. What are our military objectives?
2. Who exactly are the rebels?
3. Can we really hand off this mission?
4. Is Libya distracting us from more pressing American interests?
These aren’t pedantic questions, especially the first one. As John Mark Reynolds has forcefully argued, “We cannot wage a just war when we do not know why we fight.” So I will be very interested to hear what the President says tonight in his address to the nation. Read the rest of Douthat’s column here. Watch the President tonight at 7:30pm ET.