Profoundly inane quote of the day

Posted by: ST on October 5, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Liberal Matthew Yglesias, on the various stories hitting the MSM about how Obama doesn’t appear to be making a whole lot of time for his generals on the issue of Afghanistan strategy (via Mark Hemingway):

Meanwhile, [s]ome of these stories about various generals not getting the kind of tender loving care from Obama that they came to expect from Bush seem to me to defy common sense. There’s a finite amount of time in the day. A major financial crisis and global recession arose last fall. Dealing with that takes time. Obama, unlike Bush, acknowledges the scientific evidence that the world is poised on the brink of catastrophic climate change. Dealing with that takes time. There’s a need for new financial regulations. Dealing with that takes time. A new administration needs to appoint hundreds of people to various jobs and get them confirmed. That takes times. And the administration is trying to pursue comprehensive health care reform. That also takes time. Doing lots of things that take lots of time leaves less time for other things.

But apparently not “less time” for things like jetting off to Copenhagen with the Mrs. to lobby for the Olympics to be held in Chicago. Apparently not “less time” to appear on David Letterman in order to sell ObamaCare. Apparently not “less time” to hold “town halls”/campaign stops on healthcare and other issues in swing districts across the country that the administration thinks Congressional Democrats have a chance of holding on to in 2010.

What “defies common sense” is Yglesias apparently believing that the issue of Afghanistan should be put on the back burner for all of the various things mentioned above that “take time.” Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t he one of the most vocal critics on Bush’s strategy in Afghanistan? Weren’t the left – including Obama – busy over the last year painting Bush as a derelict CIC, someone who “forgot” about Afghanistan and because of that, we needed a President who would refocus on the “war of necessity”? Weren’t the left proponents of “listening to our generals on the ground” when they were saying things that the left wanted to hear?

I guess we can chalk up the beating up of Bush on his Afghanistan strategy nothing more than another cheap, petty, and dangerous attempt by the left to use the war in Afghanistan for political gain. As Jim Geraghty said last month, it becomes more and more apparent that Democrats never meant what they said on Afghanistan:

The average Democrat doesn’t like fighting wars. They don’t like using military force. They don’t just dislike collateral damage and civilian casualties and flag-draped coffins; they cringe at the concept of combat with citizens of another country, even when the president has declared:

“Al Qaeda and its allies — the terrorists who planned and supported the 9/11 attacks — are in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Multiple intelligence estimates have warned that al Qaeda is actively planning attacks on the United States homeland from its safe haven in Pakistan. And if the Afghan government falls to the Taliban — or allows al Qaeda to go unchallenged — that country will again be a base for terrorists who want to kill as many of our people as they possibly can.”

That’s not the last president; that’s the current president, an entire six months ago.

Notice this only applies to the use of military force and violence overseas; as we’ve seen, these same folks have a very different reaction when they hear about a town-hall protester having his finger bitten off. The base of the Democratic party is fundamentally pacifist and isolationist and has extraordinary, although not complete, leverage over this White House. They want the rest of the world to go away so we can focus on creating the perfect health-care system.

It’s been reassuring to see President Obama authorize the use of force in Somalia and off its coast. But those who seek to kill Americans cannot always be eliminated in quick, clean, small missions using special forces. The mission in Afghanistan is different, and the man assigned to accomplish it says he needs more troops.

We now know liberal bloggers never meant what they wrote about Afghanistan. We will soon know if the president meant anything he said about that war on the campaign trail.

Considering how he handled the issue of Afghanistan while Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on European Affairs* – which has jurisdiction over NATO – I’m not holding my breath.

*A position he took right around the same time he started running for President.

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16 Responses to “Profoundly inane quote of the day”


  1. Neo says:

    Even “failure” takes time.

  2. Angry Dumbo says:

    Think of all the Czars he had to vet and get confirmed.

  3. LC Gregory says:

    Well, I guess the lives of American servicemembers aren’t Quite as important as ensuring that Valerie Jarrett and company make their real estate speculation in Chicago pay off. ;-)

    Thanks for the GREAT blog, Sister T!

  4. Wallace says:

    A major financial crisis and global recession arose last fall. Dealing with that takes time. Obama, unlike Bush, acknowledges the scientific evidence that the world is poised on the brink of catastrophic climate change. Dealing with that takes time. There’s a need for new financial regulations.

    Dude, the current AGW theory is a scientific hoax. Otherwise, scientific principles should apply, i.e. repeatable experiments (oops, the data was conviniently lost) and not falsifying data.

    And there was a recession made worse by 9/11 attack. Bush managed to deal with that and the Afghanistan war. Then there was Katrina. Bush managed to deal with that too and both wars.

    Are you telling me that Obama can’t deal with them like that stupid Bush? The all-so-smart Obama is worse than stupid Bush? Ouch!

  5. nohype says:

    Klein is right when he says time is limited. However, in deciding which problems merit attention and which can be ignored, a president reveals his priorities. Arguably the main thing we want in a president a person with the right set of priorities. Would the country have elected Obama if they had known how he would set his priorities when he actually had to act and not just speak? Klein seems thinks so, and we will learn if he is correct in 13 months.

  6. Lorica says:

    Seriously, is this a man that passes for intelligent to the left??? If Obama has all this stuff to do… then why is he and the wife taking all of these date nights…and beers with the common folk…and jetting here or there ..and then last but not in anyway least, getting on his knees before the IOC to suck up to them because the Chi Town political machine knows where ALL the bodies are buried. – Lorica

  7. Carlos says:

    Let’s see. I seem to remember something about the job description for the president.

    Oh, yeah. It’s called the Constitution, and it spells out in general terms what the duties of the president are, and by golly, there it is, right in the Constitution, he’s supposed to be CinC.

    But I really have a hard time finding where he’s cheerleader for getting the Olympics into his home machine town.

    Oh well. Some constitutional lawyer could probably enlighten me, for there’s got to be a shadow or penumbra or something there. Otherwise, I’m just real sure that, being a constitutional lawyer himself, he would respect the order of it and not try to disregard it in ANY way.

  8. Jo says:

    It also takes time to go around the globe apologizing for America’s many faults and shortcomings, blaming America for all the world’s ills while trying to take over the health care system and raise taxes via a “Global pollution and toxicity is also America’s fault” cap and trade debaucle. The Little Emporer has no time for frivolous issues like Al Qaeda and the Taliban on his relentless march toward complete Socialism in this country. Give the poor little ineffectual guy a break for Pete’s sake!

  9. Brontefan says:

    Ah, Lorica, but look at all he has done: ObamaCare it seems will not only cut Medicare, but will fine doctors who perform more surgeries, schedule more tests, etc. Big brother is going to watch over us at every venue! Corporate salaries are on the chopping block, forced medical vaccinations, fines for people who buy sugary drinks, and now he wants to police Blogs on the Internet. What is next?

  10. Mark Thompson of Time uses a different tactic to try to explain the same thing. I talked about it on my blog.

  11. Val Prieto says:

    Gerahty was wrong. Democrats never mean what they say about anything.

    oh and, pretty much anything Yglesias says in profoundly inane.

  12. david foster says:

    “(Democrats) don’t like using military force”

    To be precise, they don’t like military force used by the U.S. and/or its allies for rational ends. Many of them have no problem at all with force employed by terrorists.

    Several years ago, I saw a picture of a group of almost-naked European women (Spanish, I think) carrying signs that said “NO WAR!” and wearing fake suicide belts, in obvious solidarity with Palestinian and other terrorists. And I was reminded of some lines from Leonard Cohen:

    I know that you have suffered, lad
    But suffer this awhile:
    Whatever makes a soldier sad
    Will make a killer smile

  13. Kate says:

    Great choice of prose David…it further elucidates the disconnect that the liberal/progressive front has regarding war/national security. In their mind, if you are just “nice” and don’t make “bad” policies that the world will all get along….something they must have heard from the terrorist states themselves who use this same terminology to defend the indefensible.

    But, you know Obama needs to be everything to everybody to succeed. What we are seeing is how inappropriate and ineffective one becomes if they try that method of leadership. Leadership demands that you make decisions that are based on evidence and in the best interest of those you are entrusted to lead. Here we see clear evidence that Obama is a creation of the Chicago political machine. He has been honed to carry their water. he has no idea how to lead. He only knows how to take orders. God help this nation.