May 12, 2009

Done Broke

Fred Kaplan thinks that the firing of Gen. David McKiernan in Afghanistan in favor of Gen. Stanley McChrystal will "make—or break" the Obama presidency.

I've got news for you, Fred.

With ballooning budgets, unrealistic economic projections, and a quiver full of new taxes on the way to finish off the economy, I think we can already claim with a fair degree of certainty that the Obama Presidency is already broke.

And so are we.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at May 12, 2009 07:55 AM

It is truly breathtaking how much damage one president can do, in less than 125 days, with a prostrate congress at his feet.

Posted by: ECM at May 12, 2009 01:44 PM

. . .and a war in a landlocked country with a history of hating foreigners, with hostiles on the borders providing sanctuaries we can't touch, for nebulous, un-obtainable objectives, against an enemy that has no military incentives to negotiate with us, in a place that's not worth one hangnail on the body of the last-joined, most useless recruit; a conflict that (in part because of the factors you mentioned) is going to be under-resourced anyway. . .is going to contribute its mite to breaking us.

McKiernan for McChrystal? Militarily speaking, can it matter?

Posted by: El Jefe Maximo at May 12, 2009 02:23 PM

Afghanistan: a country that has been primitive and peripheral since the time of Alexander the Great (Iraq, by contrast, has resources and has been the center of commerce and empire in the ME); and Pakistan, a country founded on the idea of Islamic governance which has proved over the years that Islamic governance is an utter disaster. This is Obama's war now and I suspect his management of this war will make Iraq look like a model of efficiency.

Posted by: zhombre at May 12, 2009 05:50 PM

Obama has always gone for broke. He's also broken our country. He has caused so much disaster in such a short time. I can't even imagine how bad things are going to be by the time this term is over.

Posted by: Keith at May 13, 2009 12:09 AM

The latest talking points from the Obama-Pravda:

This is not Bush's war or Obama's war. It is America's war.

The Pelosi issue is just the CIA continuing its attacks on Democrats.

Posted by: davod at May 13, 2009 09:11 AM

I must refrain from profanity concerning TEH ONE™, so I'll stop now.
But for this: Remember your OATH of enlistment? REMEMBER YOUR OATH OF ENLISTMENT! ALL enemies, foreign AND DOMESTIC!
That is all.

Posted by: cmblake6 at May 13, 2009 10:37 AM

Just wait till ppl start buying thone Obamamobile lemons from GM and Chrysler.

Posted by: John Ruberry at May 13, 2009 11:25 PM

Or perhaps this is just one step in removing Military Leaders who "might not be kept in line" when the coming troubles within the US materialize.

Posted by: JRH at May 14, 2009 12:44 PM