Libya: As rebel forces appear to make new advances toward Tripoli – with the continued help of roads cleared by NATO airstrikes – President Obama will try to make his case to the American people tonight on why they should back military involvement in a country the Secretary of Defense has said is not of vital interest to the U.S. The address, which critics are arguing should have been given before any bombs were dropped, will aim to clearly define the mission in Libya as well as how and when it will end. Meanwhile, another week is underway across the rest of the Middle East and it looks as though Syria could be the next pot to boil.
Japan: In Japan, the nuclear disaster is showing no signs of ebbing. The weekend brought a new crisis of communication for TEPCO, the embattled Fukushima plant operator, which is now being roundly criticized for giving misreadings on radiation levels and not acting transparently as the problems there worsen (it turns out the CEO spent the last week ‘sick in bed’).
Kill Team: Overnight, Rolling Stone published the much-feared ‘kill team’ story about the group of American soldiers on trial for murdering civilians in Afghanistan. The photos that accompany the article are uncensored and extremely graphic.
Gibbs to Facebook? Finally, the New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin is reporting that Robert Gibbs is seriously considering joining Facebook’s communications team as the social networking giant ramps up ahead of a widely expected IPO next year. Remember that Gibbs had said he was planning on working on Obama’s re-election campaign – if he took the Facebook job it would answer that often-asked question about what it takes to say ‘no’ to the President: ground-floor shares in the most anticipated stock in history.