Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Getting It All Wrong

I haven't been posting much lately. It's mostly the overwhelming, relentless, deplorable activity of the Democrats in general and President Obama in particular, I think. Anyway, I've plenty of venting to catch up on so here goes.
Obama seems to be waffling now on one of the rare issues that he's gotten right so far - Afghanistan. On planning to close Guantanamo, supporting the extravagantly worthless "stimulus" package, allowing budget busting pork barrel spending, not extending the Bush tax cuts, supporting the cap and trade fiasco, working to socialize and wreck the world's best health care system, failing to support our allies, failing to oppose our enemies, nominating a substandard, racist Supreme Court justice, appointing innumerable unaccountable "czars", stifling free trade, proposing inadequate defense spending, threatening prosecution of dedicated, patriotic intelligence personnel, cutting missile defense, exercising blatant partisanship, indulging in racialism, providing weak leadership, etc, etc, etc, Obama has proven to be an incapable, incompetent, ideologically driven failure who, invariably, gets it wrong. In addition, he's a corrupt, preening, dishonest, humorless, self-absorbed so and so. I don't like the guy. (But then again, I'm just a racist Nazi).
At least with his previously stated commitment to Afghanistan and his continuation of most of President Bush's essential antiterror policies, Obama could claim a least a couple of correct policy choices. Now he's delaying the adoption and implementation of General McChrystal's antiinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan. If and when he bails out on this important commitment, these words he spoke a few weeks ago should emphasized over and over again by his (bless them) opponents.

This is not a war of choice. This is a war of necessity. Those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans. So this is not only a war worth fighting. This is a — this is fundamental to the defense of our people.

NRO's Jim Geraghty (among others) has noted that Obama's statements have expiration dates attached to them. For example, this listing by Geraghty on election eve last year.


An expiring commitment to a policy that is "fundamental to the defense of our people" is far worse than just typical Obama pusillanimity. It's criminal.

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