President Barack Obama is under pressure from Congress to spell out an exit strategy for the U.S. military in Libya and provide a clear plan to end Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s 42-year rule, as the American public remains fiercely divided over the war. Obama delivered a full-throated defense of his decision to deploy military forces to prevent a slaughter of Libyan civilians in his speech Monday and in the shadow of the United Nations on Tuesday. The president said the nation’s conscience and its common interests “compel us to act” to protect civilian lives in Libya. “We’ve learned from bitter experience—from the wars that were not prevented, the innocent lives that were not saved—is that all that’s necessary for evil to triumph is that good people and responsible nations stand by and do nothing,” the president said at the dedication of the Ronald H. Brown mission at the U.N. In a series of network interviews, Obama insisted that the “noose is tightening” around Gadhafi, although forces loyal to the longtime leader pounded the rebels with tanks and rockets today, forcing them to retreat. The president did not rule out arming the rebels, saying the U.S. and its partners could get weapons into Libya and that all options were being considered.
Today’s question: Should the U.S. have taken military action against Libya?