Skip to comments.Petraeus and Obama's Uncertain Trumpet
Posted on 06/28/2010 1:17:29 PM PDT by nuconvert
The chroniclers tell us that Lyndon Johnson never took to the Vietnam War. He prosecuted it, it became his war, but it was, in LBJ's language, a "bitch of a war." He fought it with a premonition that it could wreck his Great Society programs.
He had a feel for the popular mood. "I don't think the people of the country know much about Vietnam, and I think they care a hell of a lot less." We know how that war ended, and the choreography of President Obama relieving Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his command notwithstanding, there is to this Afghan campaign a sense of eerie historical repetition. There is no need to overdo the analogy, but there is a good measure of similarity to that earlier ill-fated campaign. There is the same ambivalence at the top, a disjunction between the military battlefield and the political world at home.
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If you’re not going to fight all out to win, bring our troops home. War is hell! As it should be.
The more they “fight” the war like this, the more it turns the majority of people off - that’s a good thing to the Left - They hope Americans won’t have the stomach for war in the future.
I don’t care what they think the Constitution implies :
civilians should never be left in charge of prosecuting a war ,once they have begun . They never cease to totally bollocks things up . Let the war fighters fight the wars and let the civilians manage the civilian sector .
This is the way to WIN , and not end up in worthless negotiated settlements , ie: Korea in ‘53 and the Paris peace accords in ‘73
America needs to be led by warriors , not by lawyers .
Fallujah worked, despite all the handwringing. But this president will never do it.
Obama clearly has a long laundry list of welfare state programs he’d far rather be spending money on than funding 2 war efforts. Americans, our allies and our enemies all can see his heart is not in either effort.
In contrast, GWB was constantly criticized for stubbornly sticking with a war everyone—especially on the Democrat side of the aisle—thought was a hopeless cause. Thank goodness he stuck to his guns.
Thus, GWB’s persistent display of resolve was an important factor in achieving a beneficial outcome in Iraq. Obama’s lack of resolve greatly risks our ending up with an adverse outcome in either or both Iraq and Afghanistan. If so, our investment of blood and treasure will indeed be in vain.
Too bad Obama is too stubborn or thick-headed to see this rather obvious point. Maybe he’s figured out the only way to stand out in the history books is to be the worst president ever—the one people will still be talking about 2 centuries from now.