Nice job, Doctor Zero. Please read it all, but here are some of my favorite parts:
Obama’s Afghanistan speech last night would have been adequate for a department store manager, informing the staff that extra help would be hired for the big Going Out of Business sale next year. It wasn’t very inspiring as a war speech. Inspiration is very important in warfare. As a modern liberal with an academic background, Obama sees military operations as unpleasant administrative chores, to be resolved rather than won… but Afghanistan is more than a distraction from the fun industry-nationalizing, trillion-dollar aspects of the President’s job, and resolution is never as inspiring as victory.
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President Obama has given no sense that he views the campaigns in Afghanistan or Iraq as righteous battles against dangerous enemies. It would be difficult for him to do so, since he spends so much time whining about inheriting the mess from his predecessor. It would have been hard for Harry Truman to have maintained American morale through victory in World War II, if he’d treated the war as a rotten mess dropped in his lap by an inconsiderate Franklin Roosevelt. . . . .
The entire Obama enterprise is suffused with a gloomy aura of despair, contrasting strongly with the “hope and change” rhetoric of the campaign. The primary theme of his presidency is government’s lack of faith in its citizens. Free people cannot be trusted to handle anything important without tight government controls. This attitude of condescension is coupled with a simply staggering degree of incompetence, as billions of dollars are stolen and wasted, to little effect. Anyone still trying to tune in the signal from this administration is hearing the most depressing funereal dirge: your lives are futile without the command and control of a government that cannot even handle the guest list of a White House state dinner. . . . .
I doubt the cadets suffering through Obama’s speech at West Point will have their spirits broken by the experience, but their parents – and the enemies of America – heard no talk of victory, and in wartime the only alternative to victory is defeat. . . . . A nation that still has fire coursing through its veins is hungry for inspiration, and will have to starve a little longer.
Well said. Read it all here.