December 5, 2009


The bitter taste of war strategy (Colbert I. King, December 5, 2009 , Washington Post)

I did sample the White House Kool-Aid, though, because -- here I go again -- it is inconceivable to me that Obama, a cautious, thoughtful leader who presciently opposed the Iraq war, would, after months of painstaking review of the situation in Afghanistan, decide on a course that leads America to military, financial and political disaster.

Still, this time I left a lot of Kool-Aid in my glass. Minutes after Obama's speech it was clear to me that there's nothing like the feel of watching him deliver it.

Gone were the grand auditorium, the uniformed cadets, the military brass and Cabinet members. Gone, too, the applause.

Left behind were reality without rhetoric and the message of the night: not to worry. "After 18 months," declared Obama, "our troops will begin to come home."

Hence the halt in my Kool-Aid consumption.

It's darned peculiar that such folk are so hypnotized by the sight of what Joe Biden referred to as "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," that they find it so hard to hear the pabulum he's speaking.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at December 5, 2009 6:20 AM
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