My thoughts on President Obama’s Afghan Speech.

-Man, did he not want to make this speech.  If there was ever a moment where you could sense that Obama’s eloquence was on auto pilot, it was this speech.
Don’t get me wrong.  The man laid everything (Well. almost everything.) clearly but you could tell that his heart just isn’t in this. Which compared to the idiot Bush’s sense of undeserved triumphalism would be refreshing if the situation wasn’t so grave.

-I currently work in the hospitality service industry and and one of the first things I learned was the concept of taking ownership of a problem.  If you walked into the hotel and found yourself in the middle of an issue with a guest, your first response is to take control of the situation and resolve the issues. 
Well, for better or worse, that’s what Obama did last night.  He took ownership of the mess with intent to try to fix it.  Compare and contrast with the attitude of one of the idiots who got us here.

In a 90-minute interview at his suburban Washington house, Cheney said the president’s “agonizing” about Afghanistan strategy “has consequences for your forces in the field.”

“I begin to get nervous when I see the commander in chief making decisions apparently for what I would describe as small ‘p’ political reasons, where he’s trying to balance off different competing groups in society,” Cheney said.

“Every time he delays, defers, debates, changes his position, it begins to raise questions: Is the commander in chief really behind what they’ve been asked to do?

 (Snip.)

Cheney was asked if he thinks the Bush administration bears any responsibility for the disintegration of Afghanistan because of the attention and resources that were diverted to Iraq. “I basically don’t,” he replied without elaborating.

Kind of like the rapist complaining how the CSI guy is handling the loose semen.

-If you’ve been cruising around Daily Kos the last forty-eight hours and looked at all the diaries about Obama’s speech, you’ll find about half of them grudgingly supporting it, the other half saying that they’re done with Obama.
And while I find myself siding with the former, I can’t really blame the latter.
The simple fact is that Obama has been either backtracking or just not that effective on a number of issue.  His failure to be out and front on Health Care Reform has made the fight for the Public Option more difficult than it needed to be, his embrace on the State Secrets act, the slow movement on DOMA and DADT.  And I’m sorry but when he got to this part of the speech…

Finally, we must draw on the strength of our values – for the challenges that we face may have changed, but the things that we believe in must not. That is why we must promote our values by living them at home – which is why I have prohibited torture and will close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. And we must make it clear to every man, woman and child around the world who lives under the dark cloud of tyranny that America will speak out on behalf of their human rights, and tend to the light of freedom, and justice, and opportunity, and respect for the dignity of all peoples. That is who we are. That is the moral source of America’s authority.

 …I found myself clearing my throat and going “Uh, excuse me but Bagrem?”
While I don’t think the Afghanistan decision quite falls into that category, I can understand while a good number of progressives, this could be a deal breaker.  And for that, Obama has only himself to blame.

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