"In the case of Libya, they just threw out their playbook. The fact that Obama pivoted on a dime shows that the White House is flying without a strategy and that we have a reactive presidency right now and not a strategic one," - Steve Clemons, NAF.
In the same piece, we find out the following:
Congress was not broadly consulted on the decision to intervene in Libya, except in a Thursday afternoon classified briefing where administration officials explained the diplomatic and military plan. Rice was already deep in negotiations in New York.
You don't get a more classic example of an imperial presidency than that. The Congress might as well not exist. And a country goes to war on a dime - even against the wishes and judgment of the secretary of defense.