Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Didn't the Dems hear what candidate BO said about Afghanistan?
According to news reports, the left is not happy:
"The anti-war left is turning on the president it helped put into office, launching a counteroffensive against President Obama's decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan." (FOX)
Frankly, I don't get it!
Didn't these "yes we can" screamers hear their candidate say that Afghanistan was the central place in the war on terror?
For much of Pres Bush's second term, the Dems told us that Afghanistan was "the good war".
They told us that Pres Bush "took his eye off the ball" when he invaded Iraq.
So why is any Dem surprised that Pres BO would send more troops to Afghanistan?
At the same time, did Dem voters think that candidate BO was just talking and not serious about sending troops to Afghanistan?
I think that the answer is "yes"! I think that many of them thought that candidate BO was just playing partisan games with "the good war" vs "the bad war"!
P.S. Bob Herbert, a well known member of the left, has an interesting perspective on Pres BO's decision:
"The tougher choice for the president would have been to tell the public that the U.S. is a nation faced with terrible troubles here at home and that it is time to begin winding down a war that veered wildly off track years ago.
But that would have taken great political courage."
Obama has no political courage? There is a growing sentiment in the left that Pres BO is weak and will not stand up to anyone!