Somewhat misleadingly titled, my latest piece at Religion Dispatches considers Pres. Obama's intervention in Libya, and why I am so uncertain about the wisdom of our military operation. I'm too conflicted, to be honest with you, to come down hard in one way or another, but my concerns weigh heavily on my mind, and I wanted to share them. Here's an excerpt:
While, yes, it is true that consulting with Congress may have caused us to intervene far too late, or not at all, this intervention sets a terrible precedent. The President cannot simply start a war on the grounds that he and his advisers thought that there was a humanitarian crisis, and then only bother to explain it to us shortly before Dancing with the Stars. If the crisis were so grievously serious, he could have laid out his case, told Congress the time to act was now, and trusted in the humanity of his fellow Americans.
This belief that only he and his circle know what’s right is, at the very least, elitist; it’s not dissimilar from the Republicans’ insistence on prosecuting the war in Iraq even after the 2006 elections, when the American people made it clear that they wanted out. Are the American people really that irrelevant, that you can wait a full week to bother to tell us why you got us into another war before we’re even out of Iraq and Afghanistan?
Read it in full here.