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What eye on which ball?

"John McCain likes to say that he'll follow bin Laden to the Gates of Hell - but he won't even go to the cave where he lives."

Barack Obama - in his acceptance speech to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, August 29, 2008

I remember hearing Obama speak those words and, as I struggled mightily to suppress the simultaneous rising bile and howls of laughter, instantly pictured Barack Obama parachuting into Waziristan and with K-Bar clenched in teeth...blindly, stealthily edging along the walls of some rat hole to bleed OBL. Will Smith would be perfect as Barackambo in the immediately launched cinematic dramatization; while Osama bin Laden's head rested forever on a pike in front of the White House as a reminder to those who would dare strike the US.

"We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al-Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority."

Barack Obama - speaking at the October 7, 2008 Presidential Debate

Okay, this is a man far too bad ass to be played by Will Smith. Get me Samuel L. Jackson. I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee. Indeed. Head on a pike if you're lucky!

"My preference obviously would be to capture or kill him," he said. "But if we have so tightened the noose that he's in a cave somewhere and can't even communicate with his operatives then we will meet our goal of protecting America."

Barack Obama on Osama bin Laden - speaking to CBS News, January 15, 2009

So Obama wants bin Laden, he's just not sure if he really want wants bin Laden? Quite a change from the believable-to-some-apparently-because-he's-POTUS bravado of the campaign trail. Obama followed bin Laden to the gates of the White House, shrugged, then threw out the option of house arrest. Eight weeks of Airborne training down the crapper and no Snake Pliskin-like glider insert.

"We took our eye off the ball when we invaded Iraq."

Barack Obama - ad nauseum on the campaign trail, and again while speaking to CBS

To give Obama credit where credit is due he did increase troop levels fighting the Good War in Afghanistan. He's continued carrying out UAV strikes. But behind it all there has always been whispers that the professional soldiers tasked with winning the Good War were clamoring for significantly more troops. Now a leaked assessment - oh man are we about to start hearing how leaks are a grave danger to US security and calls for special prosecutors - prepared by General McChrystal and presented to Obama August 30 confirms we need a speedy and substantial commitment of troops and resources if we actually intend to win the Good War.

Again true to his word, Obama hasn't been distracted by Iraq. He hasn't said the word Iraq once without the words "inherited" or "Bush" in close proximity.

"What I'm not also gonna do, though, is put the resource question before the strategy question. Until I'm satisfied that we've got the right strategy I'm not gonna be sending some young man or woman over there--beyond what we already have."

Barack Obama - Meet the Press, September 20, 2009

Three weeks after receiving McChrystal's assessment and you're not satisfied you've got the right strategy? Have you followed up with McChrystal? Or Betray-US Petraeus? I'm sure the POTUS gets a lot of mail, the assessment didn't get buried did it? If it's been read and discussed, is this an implicit dismissal of McChrystal's strategy assessment of the Good War? Is there any time line for outlining and approving the right strategy?

Leaks happen for a reason, and it's safe to assume this leak happened to force Obama to make a decision. At the worst possible time, too, what with his health care "reform" floundering and that big speech to the UN this week. If there's one ball he doesn't need to be keeping his eye on right now it's the Good War.

Either Obama trusts his generals or he doesn't. If national security is a priority with Obama he needs to man up and make a decision, expend what political capital he's got, and commit to victory. If his priority is protecting Americans from the tyranny of private health insurance he needs to make that clear. Maybe another speech would do the trick.

Faced with the embarrassing revelation that he's been sitting on the future of the Good War while he pimped his vision of health care, he'll quickly cave to the general's demands - albeit with some meaningless tactical concessions so he can walk away crowing.

Leading is very different than campaigning. Faced with the realities of Afghanistan Obama immediately walked back from his "kill 'em all, let God sort 'em out" rhetoric of 2008. Now, faced with flagging support for the Good War from his base - and the American people as a whole - he's at a critical turning point in his presidency.

We can only hope he has the political courage to make the right decision. I fear the worst since political courage hasn't been a trait I've seen much of from Obama.


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Comments (10)

My one and only 22 year old... (Below threshold)
Archeryl:

My one and only 22 year old son is a Marine. I hate that this man is in control of our military. He is playing politics with our young men and women. I attended my son's graduation from boot camp in January of this year at MCRD in San Diego. These are amazing young people, and they deserve to be lead by a decisive leader who understands the evils we face, and who will take appropriate actions to ensure we win at all cost. Our young people who have chosen to put their lives on the line to defend our country deserve a leader who has a plan, and has a desire to win. STOP PLAYING POLITICS WITH THE LIVES OF OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN PRESIDENT OBAMA. You sir, are an OBAMANATION. Please, let's neuter this man in 2010. VOTE EVERY DEMOCRAT OUT OF OFFICE! We must do this for our children and our brave young men and women of the military.

Barry does what is good for... (Below threshold)
braininahat:

Barry does what is good for Barry. Every other consideration or consequences is superfluous silliness that people not in politics just can't understand, you see.

I'm a former Marine reservist of nine years, and I have nothing but contempt for this rabble-rousing, race-bating, socialist thug in the White House.

That Obama! He bad. <... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

That Obama! He bad.

McChrysal needs to learn to time his reports so they come at times that are more politically convenient. The man clearly needs to learn his place in Obamaworld. Doesn't McChrystal realize there's a war at home? Obama's in the middle of a campaign right now.

You can bet Rahm Immanuel is burning up the phone lines to the Pentagon right now. Imagine. Leaks during wartime.

We can only hope he has ... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

We can only hope he has the political courage to make the right decision.

Don't count on it.

Raise your hand if you're s... (Below threshold)
Bob:

Raise your hand if you're surprised that (a) Obama lied on the campaign trail to score cheap points or (b) Obama has no stomach to support any U.S. military action. This guy has no honor and is no commander.

Obama is 'totally committed... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Obama is 'totally committed' to the government takeover of as much of the private sector as possible and that is about it. "The Good War" is far down the priority list. Only the dollar cost of national security makes a leftist wince. Unlimited spending on just about anything else is fair game. The only way Obama will kill bin Laden is to talk him to death. If by chance one of our brave soldiers manages to get bin Laden that will give Obama the excuse he needs to pull out asap. Never mind that getting bin Laden is not the primary goal.

"What I'm not also gonna do... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

"What I'm not also gonna do, though, is put the resource question before the strategy question. Until I'm satisfied that we've got the right strategy I'm not gonna be sending some young man or woman over there--beyond what we already have."
Barack Obama - Meet the Press, September 20, 2009

Well, it sounds like McChrystal is offering up a strategy to win (similar to the surge in Iraq?)and it includes needing more troops (or resources as Barry refers to them). Now what Barry needs to hear to be assured that we have the right strategy is anyone's guess until someone with balls and access force him to be more specific about that openly. I am guessing he gets daily briefings on items other than the latest on healthcare, but nothing would surprise me anymore about this guy.

Barry is between a rock and... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Barry is between a rock and a hard place. The ROCK is the extreme left which, to quote Saint Cindy says "Pullllllllllll outtttttt nowwwwwww".

The HARD PLACE is Barry's big mouth and all his previous statements about Afghanistan being "the right war".

Which has priority? Barry's base? Or the safety of the troops and the country?

You can see where this is going and Barry is faced with an issue he can't STRADDLE.

Someone who finds it easier... (Below threshold)
Not Always Right:

Someone who finds it easier to vote "present" rather than take a stand on important issues has no political courage. This man needs to be impeached.

Barry is between a rock ... (Below threshold)
Bill M:

Barry is between a rock and a hard place. The ROCK is the extreme left which, to quote Saint Cindy says "Pullllllllllll outtttttt nowwwwwww".

The HARD PLACE is Barry's big mouth and all his previous statements about Afghanistan being "the right war".

Indeed he is. And he has no one to blame but himself. It's times like these and decisions like these that define a true leader (and define a loser).

Guess what we're saddled with!




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