Prof. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection has some pointed questions for Obama about his plans for the war in Afghanistan:
And what about the Obama administration’s new strategy announced last March:
“Today, I am announcing a comprehensive, new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan. And this marks the conclusion of a careful policy review, led by Bruce [Reidel], that I ordered as soon as I took office.”
Did Obama and his advisers not ask the civilian, political, military and strategic questions which now are being asked before implementing the March strategy?
Concerning Obama’s habit of resorting to accusations of racism in order to destroy his enemies, Roger Simon observes:
The root of this “wish” for people like Al Sharpton – who has a “business interest” in the preservation of racism or, more exactly, the preservation of the illusion of racism – is obvious. The root is less clear for others and may be a kind of personal rage. But whatever the case, these false accusations of racism, while often undertaken under the mantle of “liberalism,” are not liberal at all. They are reactionary – reactionary just in the sense it is traditionally defined: “Reactionary (also reactionist) refers to any political or social movement or ideology that seeks a return to a previous state (the status quo ante).”
What we have then among the media and Internet race-baiters is a form of nostalgia for racism – a longing for the days when you could simply brand your enemies with the “r-word” and discredit them and everything they have to say in one extreme melodramatic gesture.
Yes, it’s reactionary and, no, it’s not working.
Bonus from Teh Resistance Blog: “Cry racism and let slip the coons of war!” The background is at Tammy Bruce’s blog. I have to admit raccoons named Rocky make me a bit sad, since my younger brother rescued a baby raccoon in 1970 or ’71 that we named “Rocky” and one of the last, best photos we have of him before he was killed in a car accident in 1973 is him smiling and bare-chested, with almost shoulder-length wavy hair, joyfully holding a serene Rocky up in the air.