... when a President of the United States would actually request network time to explain the use of US military force in a new venue--like the recent raid into Somalia.
The President would lay out for the American people his reasoning, discuss the importance of Somalia to US global policy, and even sketch for us the parameters by which he would continue to order such actions.
Sadly, those days no longer exist. Presidents, Democrat or GOPer, simply conduct foreign policy and order military interventions large and small without the slightest nod in the direction of public accountability.
Strangely enough, nobody even thinks this development is newsworthy anymore.