Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
President Obama will address the nation Wednesday, September 10th, outlining his plans to fight Islamic terrorists.
Islamic terrorists have hit America twice on September 11th. If they have something lined up and hit us again on Thursday, right after President Obama tells the world his grand plan to fight Islamic terror, the entire world will him revealed as a clueless but arrogant poseur. No Greek playwright would have written a character with that much hubris, the audience wouldn’t have believed it.
Do I want to see American interests hit by terrorists just to see Barack Obama humiliated? As Jack Benny used to say: “I’m thinking.”
I get Joe’s point – but I’m not thinking about it. Of course not.
The problem, of course, is that the questions “to attack or not to attack?”, and “where and when?”, are questions that belong to those who are on the offensive; those who have what in strategic and tactical circles is called “the initiative”, or in sports circles “momentum”.
Say what you will about the US’s actions between 2002 and 2008 – the human, financial and moral costs, the politics, the morals of the tactics and methods and the whole enterprise – but we were on the offensive. We, largely, chose when and where the war would be fought.
We’re on defensive now. We – Barack Obama – lost the initiative; squandered the “momentum”.
The other side chooses whether Barack Obama spends tomorrow in the Situation Room or on the Golf Course.
I’m praying for Golf.
The problem is, they’ll choose it the next day, and the week after that, and the month after that…
…and “ensuring that we’re the ones who make that choice – and make it a moot one through sheer force of diplomatic, moral and if necessary military power” is one of precious few legitimate reasons to have a government.