Yes, that video clip showed MSNBC’s pride and joy, Chris Matthews, describing the United States Military Academy at West Point as the “enemy camp” following yesterday evening’s prime time presidential speech on war policy. Then again, at West Point the Cadet Honor Code states that “a cadet will not lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate those who do,” so it’s only natural that the president would feel perhaps a little uncomfortable.
Perhaps the resentment that Matthews picked up on was a result of the 80 days it took President Obama to come up with a strategy at all. Heck, the original ouster of the Taliban following the September 11, 2001 attacks took nearly half that time. And perhaps the skepticism comes as a result of this president’s habit of apologizing for America at venues across the world, or because of his admitted problem with the very concept of victory.
That room last night was filled with Americans exhibiting the kind of bravery that people like Barack Obama look down upon. They’re the people derided by John Kerry, condescended by Barbara Boxer, and vilified by Jack Murtha. They’re the ones who aren’t important enough to be placed ahead of political expediency on this administration’s priority list.
While I doubt there was true resentment in that room for the Commander in Chief, I’m certain that the prospect of being sent off to war by a president who would prosecute our own intelligence officials or Navy SEALs while simultaneously giving terrorists the benefit of the doubt cannot be confidence-inspiring. Too often, Barack Obama looks at America as the problem and not the solution; the brave men and women of our armed forces want desperately to be the solution. They bleed for the solution. They die for the solution. And yet they’re being undermined even before they graduate, not only by the president of the United States, but by those in the media and beyond who blindly support him.
Which brings me back to Mr. Matthews and his enormous mouth, to whom and to which I pose only one question:
If the cadets at West Point are the enemy, Chris, what does that make the Taliban?