Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
As times passes, more and more observers are expressing their opinions on Pres BO's deliberations or dithering about Afghanistan.
The Dallas Morning News' lead editorial today is right on target:
"The Obama administration is conveying an image of disarray at a time when it should be sending a clear message that America has a well-defined mission, a clear plan to execute it and the unwavering conviction to see it through." (DMN)
David Brooks goes beyond "disarray".
Brooks has been taking to war experts and finds that many are questioning Pres BO's toughness:
"They do not know if he possesses tenacity, the ability to fixate on a simple conviction and grip it, viscerally and unflinchingly, through complexity and confusion.
They do not know if he possesses the obstinacy that guided Lincoln and Churchill, and which must guide all war presidents to some degree."
I think that the war experts are right.
Of course, Pres BO faces growing Dem skepticism about the Afghanistan war.
I guess that we are now learning that the Dems were just giving campaign speeches about Afghanistan.
They weren't serious! It was a cynical political game designed to demonstrate that the Dems were not weak on national security.
At the same time, Pres BO faces the reality that we can't pull out anytime soon!
We are in the region and pulling out would emboldened terrorists who are watching Pres BO's character.
It's a terrible dilemma for a man who started out as an anti-war candidate!
It's a worse dilemma for a man who thought that he would go down as the "health care" and "climate change" president!
Campaigning and governing are so different, as Pres BO is learning second by second!
P.S. Pres BO is starting to get it from Europe, too:
"There is no doubt that hardly a day passes in Europe without criticism of US policy.
This has become a trans-Atlantic ritual.
But despite this ritual, Europeans are still looking for one thing from the White House: leadership."(Spiegel)
This is from Times of London: Do Something
"The President must show at least as much resolve as his British allies.
It does not seem a lot to ask."
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
But a Republican should adhere to certain minimum GOP principles.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
"Health care legislation taking shape in the House carries a price tag of at least $1 trillion over a decade, significantly higher than the target President Barack Obama has set, congressional officials said Friday as they struggled to finish work on the measure for a vote early next month.'