My son, a Gulf War veteran, recently shared on Facebook:
Just saw the president’s speech in Westpoint… wow! I have never seen someone so loudly take non-responsibility for something… “wasn’t me.” If only we could wait till our soldiers are back before publicly making statements questioning the legitimacy and legality of the war while … you know, they are still fighting…
One response: what is he not taking responsibility for exactly?
I was compelled to reply: For one, he’s responsible for campaigning on Afghanistan as “the war we should be focused on” and then dithering for months on end before reaching the foregone conclusion to engage in a half hearted “slurge” but then history is full of examples of feckless leaders who stalled and succeeded. Wait- no it isn’t.
It remains to be seen whether our troops are constrained to adopt a Vietnam style policy of “contain and suppress but don’t win.”
For the Cadets who nodded off during the speech, don’t feel bad – it wasn’t exactly the Gettysburg Address.