October 26, 2009
GIVE 'EM CULTURAL REVOLUTION, HARRY! (via Bryan Francoeur):
Veteran reporter's 5 lessons for Obama (Helen Thomas and Craig Crawford, 10/25/09, CNN)
The theme of your campaign was summed up by the title of one of your books, "The Audacity of Hope." You've given us hope, Mr. President. Now show us the audacity.
In Afghanistan, Mr. President, you risk repeating Lyndon Johnson's disastrous escalation of the Vietnam War after listening too much to the generals. Again, the Pentagon wants more troops for a tricky war, vowing success in Afghanistan if you only agree. That's what the British and the Russians thought before they utterly failed to subdue their foes in Afghanistan's difficult terrain.
Have courage to resist such pleas if your instincts say otherwise, Mr. President. That is why the founders of our nation put a civil servant in charge of the military. You are the decision-maker, not the follower.
Remember, the generals work for you. Think about how Harry Truman once proved the point. He had just fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur for publicly disagreeing with his policy against expanding the Korean War into China.
Thereby prolonging the suffering of the North Koreans and Chinese under vile regimes for a needless sixty years. How many lives did Truman's decision cost 60-100 million? Posted by Orrin Judd at October 26, 2009 7:21 AM