"I am going to be insisting on a unity of purpose on the part of all branches of the U.S. government," the president said. "Our team is going to be moving forward in synch."
Obama said he does not anticipate further firings beyond Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top war commander hired a year ago to turn around a war then sliding into quagmire. He was fired Wednesday for sniping at civilian war bosses in a magazine article. (Z: 'civilian war bosses'?)
"I'm paying very close attention," Obama said of his war council. "And I will be insisting on extraordinary performance moving forward." (Z: WHAT?)
That struck me as odd........Shouldn't Petraeus be suggesting things which might not be in Obama's expertise? Maybe being on the ground gives a clearer view than from the Ivory Tower? It gets scarier:
"When he gets on the ground, he will assess the situation for himself, and at some point he will make recommendations to the president," Defense Sec Robert Gates said. "At the end of the day, the president will decide whether changes are to be made in the strategy."
I hope that that UNITY doesn't mean OBAMA'S WAY OR THE HIGHWAY (like it does when he's displaying his understanding of what 'bipartisanship' means)...because I'm thinking that as little as I trust Sec Gates (less and less every day), I do trust Petraeus to carefully observe conditions on the ground, to know what's best, and make recommendations that might differ from how Obama feels......that might not be UNITY but it sounds like wisdom to me. We have a president who never served, never ran a company, and thinks wars can be won when you tell your enemy when you're giving up!
God Bless America and our soldiers............PLEASE. By the way, did anybody see Brent Bozell on TV Thursday evening showing video after video of leftist media types like Blitzer and Gregory, etc., call Obama's moves re McChrystal and Petraeus "Brilliant"? The next day, they were saying "He couldn't have done anything else...he really had no choice." Extremely brilliant.
Thanks to Brooke for the cartoon at the top........(if you can't read it, click on it to enlarge!)