‘obama’s prudent policy on afghanistan’

E.J. Dionne: …. Prudence went on vacation during the administration of the second President Bush, but it’s back as the hallmark of President Obama’s approach to foreign policy. And it was the underlying theme of Obama’s speech on Afghanistan last week.

You would think this would be popular. But it turns out that Obama finds himself almost alone in his effort to define a broad new middle ground in international affairs. It’s not that the center isn’t holding. It’s that most politicians don’t seem to want to go near it.

….Obama is trying to get out of Afghanistan, carefully. He’s trying to put “a difficult decade” of war behind us. If he is reelected, he would chart a new course freed from the two enormous military engagements that George W. Bush undertook.

…His withdrawal schedule from Afghanistan is too slow for the doves, too quick for the hawks. In the case of Libya, he’s too aggressive for those weary of American military intervention and not bold enough for those who think the United States has a moral obligation to bring down the Gaddafi dictatorship. The fact that almost all our troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year goes unheralded.

…Obama is not being excessively prudent to worry that a quicker withdrawal could disrupt our alliances, undo our achievements on the ground and weaken our efforts to leave a relatively stable situation behind when we do get out…….his effort to find a more stable middle ground in foreign policy deserves more support than it’s getting.

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14 Responses to “‘obama’s prudent policy on afghanistan’”

  1. 1 nintendowii10
    June 27, 2011 at 9:48 am

    BBbbbbut Obama is just like/worse than Bush, the loony left told me so! :mrgreen:

  2. 2 carolyn
    June 27, 2011 at 9:52 am

    We lived with rashness and carelessness for eight long years, so that we cannot now even recognize thought and care. My reaction to commentary about the Afghanistan withdrawal, is that he must be doing the right thing if both the far left and far right are attacking him. I liked the L.A. Times editorial about how he is more and more trusting his own instincts and less concerned with getting a consensus ballot for all decisions. This kind of trust in oneself takes time to develop. He has enough experience under his belt now to do this. The Presidency is all on the job training in full glare of everyone; GWB never learned, he didn’t grow at all. This president is growing by leaps and bounds. It would be a fearsome thing to wake up the day after inauguration and realize “It’s up to me now!” The right can rant and rave, but they have nothing to offer. The left wil marginalize themseles if they don’t get on board. Do they really think they’d be better off with one of the Repubs as pres???

  3. June 27, 2011 at 10:00 am

    This is the problem as I see it, and I don’t profess to know everything. But this President own party have let him down, they do not support him, and that is one thing about the Dems I have not like. You notice you don’t see Dems on the talk show defending the President and the administration. When the other side is up there attacking him,where is his party who will be looking for money from the DNC who this President raised, where are those Dems standing with the President. Instead you have them silent, or that nutcase from Ohio who has sued the Administration over Libya.

    • 4 symmetry11
      June 27, 2011 at 10:28 am

      They don’t defend or support him because they are jealous of him. Harold Ford clearly stated on Morning Joe this morning that a lot of Democrats feel like PBO has not paid his dues. See they wanted him to “wait his turn”. So instead of supporting him and fighting for the American people, they continue to stab him in the back.

      • 5 nintendowii10
        June 27, 2011 at 10:35 am

        They’re mad because the black man didn’t remain in his place and stay in his place, a lot of those Democrats you mention are racist Hillary Democrats who felt that she should have been anointed President and didn’t feel that it was appropriate for a black man to be our President. Of course they will deny their racism, but it is what it is, I mean I don’t recall this amount of hatred from the left towards Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter. Those DLC Hillarycrats can suck it, get over the damn 2008 primary season and move on! History won’t change no matter how much these Hillarycrats continue to wish and hope that she primaries Obama, like she would be more to the left of Obama? Sheeeeeeeeeesh! 🙄

      • 7 Dorothy Rissman
        June 27, 2011 at 10:42 am

        symmetry, I am so glad you brought this up. It has been one of my theories for a long time. Think of all those dems who thought perhaps they could be president. In other words, they treat him like a piece of dirt. waaaaaaaa!

        I think I can pick out a large number of them in the senate. They see him as arrogant because he did not “pay his dues”.

      • June 27, 2011 at 11:04 am

        AHA!!! I knew it. I’ve been thinking this all along. Closet “PUMAS” they are. They are still mad he beat Hillary. Remember when President Clinton was called a racist for saying Obama should have been bringing him coffee? He wasn’t being racist, he was pointing out that Obama was 98th or 99th in the Senate and has the nerve (my words) to now run for president. Running against people who have been waiting their turn for decades. Obama is basically the intern who rose to CEO in just a couple of years. I’m not complaining of course, but yeah they are jealous.

    • 9 nintendowii10
      June 27, 2011 at 10:39 am

      Kooky Kucinich? He’s a tool, all he does is go on teevee and bash the President. He was also the one who filed a suit against the federal government over a toothache he got from an olive pit.

      I hope that his district is written out or a better Democrat primaries him, one who will be loyal to the President and actually focus on getting something meaningful done. What is suing POTUS over Libya going to accomplish, and where was Kooky Kucinich to actually take a stand on Libya in the Congress? He’s too much of a coward to bring this issue to the floor, hence why he’s suing the President, a suit which ironically is costing taxpayer dollars in a weak economy… how come this fool isn’t focusing on JOBS and the ECONOMY?

      • 10 Dorothy Rissman
        June 27, 2011 at 10:45 am

        Hush! Don’t say that please. If that happens he is going to run in Washington. We will have a new district and Dennis wants it. I do not want that creepy man in my Seattle.

    • June 27, 2011 at 10:58 am

      They wear dissent like a badge of honor. I happen to think most of them are camera whores because one of the few ways to get the MSM to pay attention to you is to blast the president. I think they are camera whores because there is no need to go on TV and say these things. Others are trying to cover their asses because they don’t want the base (FDL, DKOS, etc.) to withhold donations.

  4. June 27, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Okay, you don’t want to support this President, don’t expect any money from the DNC when you are running for re-election. That’s money this President raised. And that Nut from Ohio Dennis Kucinich, and Sen. Manchin West Virginia better not ask for a dime.

  5. 14 utaustinliberal
    June 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Another great article by E.J. Dionne. I always appreciate his point of view because even when he disagrees with administration officials, he is never disagreeable. When both the left and right are criticizing President Obama on an issue, then hey in my book he’s doing something right. These doves and hawks need to realize that President Obama is privvy to briefings and uber confidential information on Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya that they will never in ten lifetimes have clearance to view. It is easy to go to war, but to come out of a war is more than difficult. There is a saying “Marry in haste, repent at leisure.” If President Obama doesn’t consider top, bottom, left, right, middle and outside of an issue it is easy cause destruction in a split second. Crying out loud these rightwingers and professional lefties don’t seem to realize that soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq are human beings and as Commander-In-Chief, President Obama has a grave responsibilty to see to it that all their hardwork and progress is not in vain.

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