The feature story that Michael Lewis just published about President Obama’s decisionmaking prior to the war in Libya includes a lot of details that inspire confidence in his leadership. By all accounts he’s intelligent, sober-minded, and inclined to seek out an array of perspectives. And he’s frequently forced to make extraordinarily difficult tradeoffs with imperfect information. I don’t envy his job.

But the article also raises serious questions about his honesty and regard for the constitution. Let’s take them in turn.


On March 28, 2011, Obama gave a televised address about Libya. It included this passage about his actions:

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