Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Charles Krauthammer on FOX

Obama continues to use the "blame the former president" strategy but it seems to be wearing off.
He recently criticized the Bush administration for leaving him the war in Afghanistan and for the way it was handled. He had Rahm Emanuel and Robert Gibbs last week say that he has not made a decision about more troops because he is having to ask questions that no one else (the Bush administration) has asked before. As the President and we all know, the Bush administration did ask the hard questions which did plenty to help out the MESSiah.

Here are portions of the linked article so you don't have to read the whole thing and get caught doing it at work:

From mid-September to mid-November 2008, a National Security Council team, under the direction of General Doug Lute, conducted an exhaustive review of Afghanistan policy. The interagency group included high-ranking officials from the State Department, the National Security Council, the CIA, the office of the director of national intelligence, the office of the vice president, the Pentagon, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Its objective was to assess U.S. -policy on Afghanistan, integrating a simultaneous military review being conducted by CENTCOM, so as to present President Bush with a series of recommendations on how best to turn around the deteriorating situation there. The Lute group met often--sometimes twice daily--in a secure conference room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

The Lute review asked many questions and provided exhaustive answers not only to President Bush, but also to the Obama transition team before the inauguration. "General Jones was briefed on the results of the Lute review, and that review answered many of the questions that Rahm Emanuel says were never asked," says Bush's national security adviser, Stephen Hadley. Jones and Hadley discussed the review, and Lute gave Jones a detailed PowerPoint presentation on his findings. Among the recommendations: a civilian surge of diplomats and other non-military personnel to the country, expedited training for the Afghan National Army, a strong emphasis on governance and credible elections, and, most important, a fully resourced counterinsurgency strategy.

"Mr. Emanuel either did not know about our review or chose to lie about it," says Eliot Cohen, who served as counselor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and was one of the principal participants in the Lute review. Virtually nobody believes Emanuel is clueless. In any case, the author of the review, Doug Lute, remains a senior Afghanistan adviser in the Obama White House.

On March 27, the president announced his new Afghanistan strategy--one that included many of the recommendations of the Bush administration's review. And that is another indignity. Not only did the Obama administration understand full well that the Bush administration had conducted a comprehensive assessment of Afghanistan, and not only had Jim Jones asked that the Bush review be withheld from the public--but Obama's "new" strategy bore an uncanny resemblance to that prescribed by the Lute review.

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer dropped the hammer on Obama last night on Bret Baier's show on Fox about his crying that it's all Bush's fault.

1 comment:

Nasher said...

For a guy who touted himself as someone willing to get in and make a change, he seems to be playing the old washington game of blame the other guy. I wish President Obama would just move on. It sucks for him that he inherited problems, but HE wanted to take the job on, and that job includes those problems.

I don't dislike President Obama, but I get less and less impressed with him each time he starts out a sentence talking about the mess he inherited.

Move on.