Look, it’s entirely fair to criticize the Bush Administration for not adapting our military strategy to meet changing circumstances in Afghanistan, but it’s unbecoming for the incumbent Administration to act as if they’re the first ones to ask critical questions while the previous one did not:
One of President Obama’s top advisers said Sunday the Bush administration failed to ask critical questions about the war in Afghanistan, leaving the Obama administration starting from scratch — and leaving the war “adrift.”
“The president is asking the questions that have never been asked on the civilian side, the political side, the military side and the strategic side,” White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Emphasis added. This response is almost narcissistic. Questions that have ” never been asked on the civilian side, the political side, the military side and the strategic side”? Oh come on, now.
Instead of trying to portray Mr. Obama is a bold and daring leader, doing what no president has done before, why not simply say, “the President has been asking a lot of tough questions to make sure we have a strategy that leads to a decisive victory and advances our long-term national security”? Instead of attacking the previous Administration for not asking tough questions, why not simply focus on what you’re doing?
I mean, why did the President attack insurance companies on Saturday instead of making the case for his healthcare reform proposal? Moe Lane calls it a “two-minute hate“*:
The President doesn’t handle opposition to his will all that well, does he? Even the New York Times is forced to admit that this was ‘unusually harsh;’ Instapundit was harsh himself, but mostly just accurate when he called this ‘desperate.
The more they attack, the more people question the President’s commitment to that new kind of politics he touted so regularly in his campaign last fall.