Saturday, November 28, 2009

President Obama: Senator or President?

President Barack Obama's failing to act presidential, preferring instead to act senatorial. I figured something like this would happen…

There's a reason why so many governors have been elected president lately: governors make better presidents because the experience of being a governor enables one to make the kinds of command decisions that a president is often required to make (i.e., on-the-spot command decisions), because both are executive offices.

Mr. Obama is the President of the United States. He has authorization to utilize the U. S. military as he sees fit.

Mr. President. Decide what to do about Afghanistan. You can always change your mind later, because you're the president.

I doubt that a former governor who was elected president would hesitate so long to make a decision regarding the military, with the exception of former president Jimmy Carter.

Mr. President, make a decision regarding U. S. military involvement overseas. You have the power. You don't have to form a committee that can come up with a compromise solution. YOU ARE THE PRESIDENT.

Last I heard President Obama is in the process of reaching a compromise solution regarding troop strength in Afghanistan.

Talk about too little too late. Mr. President, if you can't decide what to do in this situation, or if you don't know what to do, then defer to the opinion of you military commander on the ground. You can always change your mind about it later if you want, because you're the president.

He seems to know what's needed. He's able to make command decisions too. Sometimes that's what's needed, a command decision.

Whether President Obama decides to send more troops to Afghanistan or not is irrelevant at this point. Either choice, had they been made promptly, would have been sufficient. He could have changed his mind about the decision later, because that's his prerogative. He's the Commander in Chief, not the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He's not supposed to be making policy; he's supposed to be making a command military decision as Commander in Chief.

I think the military is tired of Washington's micro-management of the war(s). I know I am, because that's what went wrong with U. S. military involvement in South Vietnam.

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