President Barack Obama has scheduled a televised speech for tonight, to discuss U.S. military intervention in Libya with the American people. It's about time. Obama sent U.S. servicemen and women into harm's way and has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the war in Libya without bothering to explain his reasoning and his goals.
Frankly, we don't know how he can justify his decisions on Libya.
Though that nation's dictator, Moammar Gadhafi, is a vicious tyrant, there are a dozen or more regimes like his elsewhere. Obama has no plans to attack them.
While Gadhafi has been guilty of terrorist attacks against Americans, there is no evidence he was contemplating new ones.
Thus far Obama has played the humanitarian card to justify intervention in Libya. Again, other regimes are guilty of crimes against their own people but have not been targeted by U.S. cruise missiles. Think about Obama's strategy in Afghanistan, where U.S. troops will be withdrawn beginning this summer - even if that means giving the Taliban a chance to retake the country.
Also disturbing is Obama's lack of realism. Did he really believe Gadhafi would step down - perhaps to the same fate that met deceased Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein - after a few days of limited air attacks? Now, U.S. military leaders say they may step up the pace of assaults, perhaps using helicopters that can spot and destroy Libyan troops easier. At the same time, of course, helicopters are more vulnerable than jets to anti-aircraft fire.
Obama has a lot of explaining to do tonight. We can't for the life of us understand how he expects to pull it off.