Shields & Brooks Attack Libya
Is the U.S. action in Libya appropriate? David Brooks is supportive of the action, but doesn't like how it was rolled out.
I don't think we could stand by and allow a humanitarian disaster. I think, especially when there was this tide of democratization sweeping through the Middle East, which was in danger of being reversed, I thought, it's in our interests to try to keep it going.
Having said that, and having really -- I'm glad the president announced what he did -- I still have very great trepidations and questions. You would like to think the policy was widely accepted in the U.S. government, but Secretary Gates and many other people in the administration have been expressing concern for weeks.
Were those concerns real? Were they overruled? What happened?