Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Is It Amateur Hour in the White House?

As the saying goes, "if you have to ask". This coming from the magazine that called Obama, God, is rich.

Unintentionally, Newsweek shows just how amateur and weak Obama really is.

"Buzz about the leak of McChrystal's report focuses on two questions. Who slipped the document to the great Bob Woodward of the Washington Post? That's fun, but not serious. And who's responsible for allowing President Obama to get into this mess? That is serious."

"Allowing" Obama? He's supposed to be the President of the United States! You know, LEADER of the free world and all that. Some leader.

Let's remember what Obama said just a few months ago.

"In his campaign, Obama opposed the invasion of Iraq but safeguarded his national-security credentials by supporting the war in Afghanistan. A war, he said, America had to win—but to which, he charged, the Bush administration had failed to devote the necessary resources. In office, Obama ordered up a new Afghanistan strategy, and announced this on March 27 as the product of what he called "a careful policy review." Shorn of rhetoric, the new strategy actually accepted all the Bush administration's goals in Afghanistan—defeating the insurgents; preventing Al Qaeda from reestablishing a sanctuary there; working to set up a democratic and effective government; training Afghan forces to take over from U.S. troops; coaxing the international community to give more help."


"Suddenly, the strategy Obama announced in March is being ditched. Back then, Obama said that Afghanistan had not received (from the Bush administration) "the strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently needs." Specifically, he charged, the resources U.S. commanders needed "have been denied." "Now, that will change," he said. As late as last month, Obama was declaring the struggle in Afghanistan "a war of necessity" where victory was "fundamental to the defense of our people."

Now that Obama is being asked to put his money where his mouth is, he's backtracking. What did you expect from a rookie politician whose only experience was community organizing?

While Obama, the amateur, dithers, American soldiers are dying.

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