Thursday, August 28, 2014

Strategy

One thing's for sure. George W. Bush would never say we don't have a strategy yet. Nope, GWB always had a strategy. So what if it was a bad strategy, one that involved unnecessary invasions, thousands of American lives lost, torturing prisoners, and hundreds of billions of dollars in expense. At least it was a strategy. And so what if that strategy had to be revised when other nations would not support us; or if we had to do a 180 degree turn from our strategy when the occupation of Iraq started going really poorly; or if we finally had to fire the Secretary of Defense and others responsible for that terrible strategy; or if we had to admit that we had all the facts wrong that justified that strategy. Hey, in those days at least nobody would ever admit that we didn't have a strategy.

Now we have a more cautious president. One who believes in consulting with allies before embarking on reckless wars. One who is committed to not sending in ground troops unless absolutely necessary. One whose motto around the White House is "Don't do stupid shit." And people are complaining about that? Before they do that they should be required to come out and explain what they would do instead. Because I'm not sure Americans would be ready for a third invasion of Iraq, or for starting a war with Syria, if that's what the critics have in mind.

I for one am pretty happy we have a president courageous enough to acknowledge that we are still developing a strategy, rather than rushing half-cocked into another foreign adventure without any sort of thought-out plan.




And by the way, what's wrong with the tan suit? It's still summer, and the president is just back from vacation and settling into the office routine again. Give the man a break.


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