On Keith Olbermann, Howard Fineman called the president’s speech “a minimalist defense of the Afghanistan strategy.” On MSNBC and CNN two communist leaders of the Black Caucus, Maxine Waters and Barbara Lee signalled they will oppose the minimalist defense, Senator Russ Feingold carrying on the progressive tradition of sabotaging America’s defense policies has declared he will block funds for the war, and sober supporters of those policies on all cable channels pointed out that if you telegraph your throw in the towel date in advance (as the president did) you only encourage your enemies to wait you out. But the most telling revelation of all came from Fareed Zakaria who had met with the president in the company of a select few journalists earlier in the day. When the journalists queried Obama about the deadline he said that if you don’t set a deadline that’s the same as saying you will stay in Afghanistan forever. But if this is the way you think — the president obviously does — that means that you don’t think you can win. So Barack Obama who called Afghanistan the important war, the war we should be fighting, is already defeated in his own mind. That is a problem for all of us.
Obama Lets The Cat Out of the Bag: I Don’t Believe We Can Win
About David Horowitz
David Horowitz was one of the founders of the New Left in the 1960s and an editor of its largest magazine,Ramparts. He is the author, with Peter Collier, of three best selling dynastic biographies: The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty (1976); The Kennedys: An American Dream (1984); and The Fords: An American Epic (1987). Looking back in anger at their days in the New Left, he and Collier wrote Destructive Generation (1989), a chronicle of their second thoughts about the 60s that has been compared to Whittaker Chambers’ Witness and other classic works documenting a break from totalitarianism. Horowitz examined this subject more closely in Radical Son (1996), a memoir tracing his odyssey from “red-diaper baby” to conservative activist that George Gilder described as “the first great autobiography of his generation.”
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