Wednesday, November 11, 2009

President Obama Still Voting "Present"--Who Is Surprised?

Caption: Smartest Guy in the Room

This is being reported by the AP tonight: President Barack Obama does not plan to accept any of the Afghanistan war options presented by his national security team, pushing instead for revisions to clarify how and when U.S. troops would turn over responsibility to the Afghan government, a senior administration official said Wednesday.

What does this mean? Who knows, except that no annoucement of a decision about additional troops to be deployed to Afghanistan has been made. This is quite a Veterans Day message to the troops.

This quote comes from Ace of Spades HQ: Whatever decision you end up making, you have shown a complete lack of leadership ability. You have made the job of our military more difficult everywhere as our enemies have seen you are not the strong horse. This entire process reeks of politics and the hands of your slimy Chicago fixers Emanuel and Axelrod. Why do I think you are looking for someone to hand you a plan that lets you start retreating before your 2012 elections and an appointment with your left wing? Well the rest of us get to vote as well sir, and we are watching your every back sliding step. America doesn't go to war based on an exit strategy, we go to win. Think about that. Also think about just how wrong you were about Iraq, over and over and over. Go in to win or bring them home now.

Update: This is John Bolton, former U.N. Ambassador under George Bush and frequent Obama critic. He calls Obama's lack of decision about the troops "a slow-motion train wreck, watching his decision-making process." Bolton's take on the Obama's delay is that it's having a "debilitating" effect on troop morale and also on America's reputation around the world. Obama: his indecisiveness and weakness indicates that he has a problem making hard decisions.

Update #2. I never watch MSNBC--who does? But someone suggested I take a look at the Morning Joe show this morning, where they are "tearing apart" Obama.

Who is the depressed-looking blonde woman? I don't know her name, but she's hilarious--the perfect Obama sycophant mouthpiece. Saturday Night Live must wish they could parody her instead of doing what was a very lame parody the other night of Greta Van Susteren from Fox News. Oh, I've now been told this person is Mika Brzezinski, daughter of former National Security Advisor for Jimmah Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski. You can't make this stuff up.

Mika: "[Obama] is pushing his national security team for more specifics on how, when, and under what circumstances the U.S. will be able to turn over control to the Afghan government and military. I think that is a very key and difficult question. That's why it's taking time," she whined.

Joe: "I think at this point he's jumping the shark. . . . He's got to make up his damn mind, one way or the other. . . . The past is always prologue. Here's a guy who voted 'present' a hundred times when he was in the Illinois State Senate. This is a guy who never seemed to take control of those early Hillary debates. . . . and it worked out very well for him when he was campaigning for president, but campaigning for president and being President are two completely different things."

The Won getting beaten up on MSNBC? Ouch.

Update #3. Obama now seems to be losing his sycophantic coverage by the Los Angeles Times--who would have imagined that six months ago? In a Sunday op-ed piece by Doyle McManus, "Obama Must Rethink Rethinking Afghanistan," we read this: Eliot Cohen, a military historian who worked in the George W. Bush administration (and who supports sending more troops), described the dilemma this way: "If he goes ahead with this decision, he's basically going to be a war president." That means devoting more budget money -- and even more important, more of his own time and political capital -- to waging the war. It could also mean paring back his domestic agenda, already slowed by economic and political adversity. It's no wonder he's hesitating.

But in the end, he still has to make a choice. When Obama launched this review of his strategy in Afghanistan, it was a good thing. But the longer it goes on, the more costly it becomes.

There's no way that Barack Obama is going to be a war president. So if what Eliot Cohen says is true, then I think we can expect that Obama has made his decision--he's just dithering, trying to figure out how to sell it in a way that doesn't destroy his own presidency. History is not going to be kind to this guy, nor should it be. But we have to survive him first before "history" will get a shot at him.

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