- Are there national interests at stake that are best achieved through the use of combat arms, and which are worth the costs and consequences?
- What, if any, is the domestic and international legal justification?
- What allies or partners are signing up, and what exactly are they contributing to the intervention?
- What are the intervention’s political and military objectives?
- Are those objectives obtainable with the American and partner military resources committed, and apparent domestic political will?
- Can officials define what a successful end state looks like?
How many people are going to die, be maimed, lose their homes, or otherwise suffer terribly, and what justifies this mayhem?I suppose this might be covered under number one, but Zenko's formulation seems awfully bloodless to me. Before we blow people up we should think hard about the bodies and the mourning.