Megan McArdle has a post up complaining about Dick Cheney schooling Obama. In it she compares Cheney to former President Jimmy Carter. This comparison is as mindless as it is wrong-headed.
If President Reagan had gone around whining about the problems he had “inherited” from President Carter, she would have a valid point. But he didn’t and she doesn’t. When President Buttercup Obama decides to man up, face the fact the he really is President of the United States of America, and do his job, rather than whining about the problems he “inherited” (he didn’t inherit them, he lied, cheated, and stole in order to become President, and thus get to deal with those problems. If he didn’t want to deal with the problems, he damn well shouldn’t have run for the office), then it might be reasonable to call for Cheney to stand down.
But so long as Obama is blaming everything on the previous Administration, members of the previous Administration have not just the right, but the duty to point out he’s full of sh!t.
One of her commenters gave the following whine:
Of course if the previous administration had done the job right and not turned their attention to Iraq President Obama would not have to worry about Afghanistan now would he?
Do you ever think for yourself? Or are you merely capable of spouting leftie talking points that have no actual connection to reality?
The US Military is logistically “heavy”. To put it another way: we like to burn through a lot of material, instead of burning through people.
Afghanistan is a lousy place to try to do that. Iraq was not (nearby seaports are wonderful things for heavy logistics). When we invaded Iraq, the Islamist nutjobs followed, and fought us on turf that was well designed for our style of fighting. As such, we slaughtered them in droves, and their terrorist attacks against the Iraqi people turned the Iraqis against “global jihad”.
That’s called “win win”. Or, at least it is if you actually want to see the US win.
Afghanistan was and is a generation long struggle. If you don’t want to deal with it, don’t run for President of the US.