Posted by: Tony Carson | 5 December, 2009

Afghanistan: Has Obama got his heart in it?

I have come to the conclusion that the real reason this gifted communicator has become so bad at communicating is that he doesn’t really believe a word that he is saying — Tina Brown, The Daily Beast.

I buy that. I (would like to) think the guy is trapped into a bad situation in Afghanistan where there is no easy way out. And I buy Tina’s argument:

Obama all but held his nose as he delivered those words—“bring this war to a successful conclusion”—and never once mentioned the word “win.” The only authentic moment at West Point was the history lesson he gave us at the start. As he spoke, you realized how long ago it was that we entered Afghanistan. How much blood has been shed since then. How futile it is to try to press the reset button and play this war game now as it would have been at the start, when we were hot on bin Laden’s trail in Tora Bora. For a moment, as Obama told us of the first attack on the Taliban and NATO’s invocation of Article 5, I felt I was being told some Nordic myth from ancient times: Four score years ago and ten, fiery planes set out for the prosperous, peace-loving climes of the United States of America! And then, there was war. There was much war, and it was covered in a great fog, and it lasted unto eternity.

Is it any wonder Obama would prefer to let us stay confused?  

Still, Obama let down the vast majority of the people who voted for him and has lost a large measure of his cred. How much? Time will tell,

Colbert King in WashPo has a thoughtful piece on the subject The bitter taste of war strategy

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