As we continue to debate Libya's legality and draw down from Afghanistan, we should not so easily forget rationality. On Afghanistan, there is no longer a case for a continued and costly war. On Libya, the case has yet to be made in Congress.
We need vital institutions in this country that have no political agenda and no partisan bias. USIP convenes the left and the right, the civilian and the military, the national and the international players.
The War Powers Act, created after Vietnam to ensure checks and balances during wartime situations, limits the president's ability to commit armed forces to conditions that are not present in the case of Libya.
Consistency provides America with protection by undermining the criticism used to rally recruits in counter-U.S. efforts. An inconsistent track record -- humanitarian intervention in some cases but not others -- gives fodder to our foes.
Twenty million dollars was spent on the war in Afghanistan just during Gen. David Petraeus's testimony to Congress this morning. This month, we are on track to spend more than $10 billion in Afghanistan. And for what?