by Don Fredrick, VenturaCountryTeaParty.com member and author of The Obama Timeline
Taliban Trash Talks Petraeus:
NYT article and summary by Paul B.:
“President Obama insisted he was switching military leaders, not strategies, when he fired General McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, on Wednesday. But administration insiders acknowledge that there have been preliminary discussions about whether to rethink the approach to a war that is clearly bogging down.”
1. President Obama dithered for months before deciding on a strategy
2. President Obama gave General McChrystal only half of the troops that he felt he needed to implement Obama’s strategy
3. President Obama announced to the enemy that our withdrawal date is July 2011 (interesting strategy)
4. President Obama put Richard Holbrooke in place as a special envoy who has repeatedly clashed with and undermined the war plan
5. President Obama put Karl Eikenberry in place, a noted egomaniac who has driven President Karzai into the arms of the Taliban
6. President Obama further worsened relations with Kabul by allowing members of his administration to question Karzai’s mental stability on American television
McChrystal blew it by allowing an antiwar/anti-military rag like Rolling Stone access to him and his staff, but I’d say it’s a fair assessment that Mr. Obama owns the lion’s share of the blame for the wheels coming off in Afghanistan. Maybe now that he is suddenly an admirer of General Patraeus, he could talk Ryan Crocker into taking a posting as ambassador in Afghanistan to try to salvage the mess.
Ragging Rights: Guy gets Obama REALLY mad
.For another viewpoint :-) :
Victor Davis Hanson says,
"It is one of ironies of our present warped climate that (McChrystal's relacement) Petraeus will face far less criticism from the media and politicians than during 2007–8 (there will be no more “General Betray Us” ads or “suspension of disbelief” ridicule), because his success this time will reflect well on Obama rather than George Bush. It is a further irony that Obama is surging with Petraeus despite not long ago declaring that such a strategy and such a commander were failures in Iraq. And it is an even further irony that he is now rightly calling for “common purpose” when — again not long ago, at a critical juncture in Iraq — Obama himself, for partisan purposes on the campaign trail, had no interest in the common purpose of military success in Iraq."