Thursday, August 13, 2009

My Nominee for Post of the Year

From Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog:


His troops were valiant and he'd had a brilliant plan for taking the capital, but now we can look back to January 20, 2009, and realize that Barack Obama was naive to think major combat operations had ended. He never saw the insurgency coming. He and his people seemed to think that there simply wouldn't be that kind of factional strife after the old regime fell; they believed that, despite years of tension between the factions, it would end in an instant and the citizens of the country would immediately see themselves as united.

As the insurgency grew and began to make the country ungovernable, the Obama team and its allies downplayed it as a ragtag collection of end-timers who'd soon be irrelevant. His troops knew how to wage a traditional campaign, but hadn't given serious thought to the problem of dealing with a chaotic aftermath. When it came to the "postwar" period, Obama never really had a plan.

His forces simply have no training in this kind of warfare. Now they have to learn on the fly, and their learning curve seems to be slow. They appear to believe that the forces they're now fighting are thinking traditionally -- they can't seem to accept the fact that the enemy genuinely wants anarchy and a failed state.

How Obama deals with this insurgency will be the main test of his presidency.

Bipartisanship is a crock. I didn't vote for Charles Grassley for Congress, but Obama seems content to let that rightwing nutjob write the healthcare legislation. Get off the mat and fight Baracky or yours will be a one-term Presidency.

1 comment:

AnfieldIron said...

Right on the money. Time to get the hands dirty and get in the scrap. You don't win a donnybrook by placing chocolates on your opponent's pillow. Better go watch a few UFC or WWE matches.
Time to come off the top rope! Use the turnbuckle! Meet your new tactical strategist: Bobo Brazil.

Memo to Barack: collegiality has its place in the Senate, but you're not in the Senate, and they want to take you -- and everything you believe in -- down.