By Robert Wallace
I remember a quote from my childhood, but I had to look it up just now to find the author. It was the Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott, and the simple observation he made was:
Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practice to deceive
If you want to understand what happened to the smooth-operating presidential candidate sometime between November of 2008 and January of 2009, look no farther than that simple pearl of wisdom. He promised everything to everyone, and now he’s busy taking fire from Michael Moore and Donald Rumsfeld.
Hey, I guess if he can bring those two together, he really is the Great Uniter!
The article that brought this to mind was from Fox News. It turns out that during his speech Obama played the good old “Bush Made Me Do It” card, and stated:
Throughout this period [since 2003], our troop levels in Afghanistan remained a fraction of what they were in Iraq. Commanders in Afghanistan repeatedly asked for support to deal with the reemergence of the Taliban, but these reinforcements did not arrive.
But the problem is that Obama’s web is hopelessly tanged, and every thing he does – or doesn’t do – is going to anger someone. In this case he managed to provoke Rumsfeld (who, for the record, is not my favorite person) to break his silence. Rumsfeld didn’t mince words:
“The president’s assertion does a disservice to the truth and, in particular, to the thousands of men and women in uniform who have fought, served and sacrificed in Afghanistan,” Rumsfeld said.
He urged Congress to review the claim in the upcoming debate to “determine exactly what requests were made, who made them, and where and why in the chain of command they were denied.”
Gibbs tried to get his boss out of trouble, by pointing out that Obama was referring to 2008 – after Rumsfeld had stepped down. The problem with that assertion is that the Defense Secretary in 2008 was Robert Gates. You know, the guy Obama asked to stay on. So is Obama criticizing his own cabinet now?
See what I mean about a tangled web?
Lies are what got the country into this mess. Only the truth can get us back out again.
Robert Wallace is classical liberal studying economics in graduate school. He and his wife work as business analysis consultants, and they live as undercover conservatives with their two small children in a socialist bastion of a college town. He has been writing for America’s Right since December 2008.