A tweet from leftist blogger Atrios near the conclusion of President Obama’s Afghanistan speech:
haven’t always agreed with obama, first time i didn’t think he believed his own spiel
President Obama has now officially declared himself a war president. A sad moment indeed from an otherwise good man. More later…
Maxine Waters speaks for me: “I’m terribly saddened.”
Why did Obama shun the desires of his base? What could have persuaded him to allow a surge of 30,000 troops into Afghanistan? Is his heart really in this fight in Afghanistan? Is he really a pragmatic politician who isn’t going to lead America off a cliff? Is it all a political calculation in his dance between appeasing the Left and maintaining some degree of centrist support? Or does he really believe in the mission to defeat Islamofascism?
Frankly, these questions are all fairly irrelevant right now. We don’t know the answers and we’re unlikely to find out. So speculation serves nothing.
What does matter: the Left has failed in its continuing quest to sabotage the war against Islamofascism. The Afghan war is not lost and now it’s important in this trying moment that conservatives do not let their distrust of the president prevent them from rallying the country around continuing this all-important fight.
Conservatives are right to be weary of the President setting a timetable. (This does not bother me too much, though, because I don’t imagine it’ll be followed if 18 months down the line we still need to stay.) Bill O’Reilly and Karl Rove were fair in their critique of the far-from-motivating tone of Obama’s delivery. (Though perhaps they were just a tad harsh.)
These are side issues, though. And we need to be sure we’re not missing the forest for the trees. On this particular skirmish the Left has lost. Just look at their tear-soaked tweets. Thus, this reaction seems appropriate from conservatives:
Every moment at which the Left is depressed that Obama fails to fulfill its self-destructive dreams should be savored. They are few and far between.
Read the entire text of the speech here.