A Tale of Three Wars

Posted on October 19, 2009

Right now the White House is overseeing three wars.  Two are actively being reported in the media.  The third is Iraq, where, after the military surge (which President Obama was against and claimed wouldn’t work, but did) is mostly off the radar for the press.

Of the other two, the first war is the traditional type.  It is the war that Candidate Obama told us was the right war, the one we should be fighting.  It is Afghanistan. 

During the campaign Obama continually criticized President Bush as taking his eye off the ball when it came to Afghanistan.  He used this war as a way to show his hawkishness while still appealing to his left base on Iraq.

Candidate Obama from CNN.com:

“The Afghan government needs to do more. But we have to understand that the situation is precarious and urgent here in Afghanistan. And I believe this has to be our central focus, the central front, on our battle against terrorism”

And, after the election, President Obama did approve the sending of thousands more troops to Afghanistan back in March. 

But now, with support for the Afghanistan war waning in his political left base, President Obama is not so enthusiastic about committing even more troops to the country, even when his own General, General McChrystal, has requested them in a report given to the president in August.

The reasoning behind this was explained by the president’s right hand man, Rahm Emmanuel, in The New York Times:

The question at the heart of the matter, said President Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is not “how many troops you send, but do you have a credible Afghan partner for this process that can provide the security and the type of services that the Afghan people need?”

Apparently the White House is not going to even make a decision about sending additional troops until the Afghanistan election problems have been ironed out.

Why?  Irregardless of who is going to be in power after the election results are finalized, why are we not honoring the request of our own General who is on the ground there?  Why are we leaving our own troops in the lurch?  They are asking for help and the White House is content to kick the decision can down the road.  Why?  Again, as I asked in a previous post, could it be the health care reform vote coming up?  Does the White House not want to anger its left base before the bill comes up for legislation?  Are we playing politics with our troops needs?

While the White House is reserving its decision on additional troops, it is, at the same time, sending the U.S. Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, on a trip to take on “the tricky task of convincing allies to remain committed to the war in Afghanistan.”   What does President Obama expect of our allies with this “do as I say, not as I do” approach?  He wants to postpone his decision but push our allies into a firm commitment?

In regards to the last war the White House is overseeing, they have no hesitation at all.  It is the war they have chosen to wage on Fox News.  Here is a war the President has chosen to lead on and escalate. 

After the last few months of Glenn Beck asking questions the “main stream media” won’t, the Obama administration has had enough.  Anita Dunn, White House Communications Chief, came out and said Fox was not a real news network and was a research arm of the Republican Party, echoing the leftist base.  You can see the video posted over at Hot Air.  In response, Beck broke video of Ms. Dunn giving a speech to high school students in which she said one of her two favorite political philosophers was Mao Tse-Tung:

Yes, the same Communist Mao who was responsible for the deaths of tens of million of his own people, many by starvation. 

After this revelation came out, the White House was in full attack mode on the Sunday shows and doubling down on Ms. Dunn’s comments.  David Axelrod said Fox is only pushing a point of view.   The White House is now urging the other media outlets not to follow Fox, but instead treat them as persona non grata.  So our Uniter-in-Chief strikes again.  President Obama campaigned on being beyond politics and twice he’s blamed the right for “making the mess” he’s trying to “clean up”.  Now, knowing how many on the right watch Fox News (often called “Faux News”, or “fake news” by bloggers on the left), the White House has chosen to attack the right through their television viewing.   This is the war the White House is actively pursuing.

Tell me, in what order do you think the White House should fight these wars?  Afghanistan? Iraq? or Fox News?