President Obama said the right thing when he ran for office. He said that he’d listen to his generals. The past eight years of post 9/11 war has created some of the best and brightest generals America has produced. Some great and insightful warriors have come to lead US troops and the military trusts them. The would-be commander-in-chief said he trusted them when he was spewing out campaign rhetoric. The truth is something else. And Barack Hussein Obama is trashing the slender thread of hope the military had in his leadership potential. At present, he (the President) is stalling in a war that he adopted and called “necessary” for the good of America and of the world.
The Pentagon consensus is that the window to win is closing and the opportunity will be lost soon. Instead of acting on the August recommendations of our commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, to send 40,000 reinforcements, the administration is delaying that hard decision. In an eerie echo of the criticism anti-war Democrats made against South Vietnam before it was abandoned to the communists, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said over the weekend that new troops would have to wait because of the electoral woes. (Investor’s Business Daily)
President Barack Hussein Obama seems unable to formulate a long term strategy to confront the threat that we face in Afghanistan and elsewhere. The criteria for doing that is well known to Generals Petreus and McChrystal, and it’s not new here:
- Deciding whether our interests are better served by intervening in and by mitigating the process of political and religious ferment in the Muslim world, or by containing spillover of violence and unrest in to Western communities.
- Deciding how to allocate resources among military and non-military segments of national power.
- Deciding how much to spend (resources and lives) on this problem.
- Deciding how to prioritize geographically.