The defense of fundamental humanitarian principles should be part of the national interest of any decent country. Fortunately for the Libyan rebels in this case decency prevailed. It is a risk worth taking.
The option of once again sponsoring terror around the globe remains open to Gaddafi as long as he remains in control of some part of the country. If cornered, we expect his vindictive side to prevail.
Excluding the First Iraq War, the no-fly zone operation is almost a Security Council first since the Korean War sixty some years ago, a resolution which only succeeded at that time because the Russian Delegation inexplicably walked out and absented itself.
America's sidelined spectator status during a developing foreign policy crisis highlighted Obama's strategy to make the United States equal among many and not unique within the international community.
As Gaddafi continues to slaughter civilians, America is fast approaching its own moment of truth. Despite its antiseptic label, imposing a "no-fly" zone is an act of war, which can only be authorized by Congress, not the president.