Pretty straightforward stuff, wouldn’t you say? Fairly demonstrative with regard to a major shift in perspective by the president of the United States on a major campaign and policy issue? Probably a little more than damaging, to the president, especially considering how much he continues to lose support from even his own side of the aisle?
To quote someone I heard while standing in line at the local farmer’s market this past weekend: “Yer’ durn skippy.”
Such a great and well-produced video, without a doubt a fantastic piece of evidence showing–yet again–this president’s failure to live up to his campaign promises, must have been produced by one of the perpetually phenomenal video-media groups on the right, right? Was it the talented folks at Pajamas Media? Maybe the endlessly entertaining people at Naked Emperor News? Perhaps part of the venerable team at HotAir?
Nope. I’m not certain whether they’ve even posted the video yet, or if they will. Remarkably, the video was put together by a guy by the name of Ben Craw. He’s the head video editor at The Huffington Post.
That’s right — The Huffington Post. HuffPo. Hardly a repository of conservative thought.
To be completely honest, as much as I disagree wholeheartedly with nearly every aspect of Barack Obama’s foreign and domestic policy, his handling of the ongoing war in Afghanistan is one area in which I can find relative agreement with the president. For a long, long time now, I have maintained that when it comes to the conflict in Afghanistan–where the Soviet Army went to die–we either need to fight the war to win, or get our bravest sons and daughters and mothers and fathers back home to their families stateside. And so far, despite waffling for nearly three months at first when Gen. Stanley McChrystal first asked for a troop level increase, and despite still failing to include the words “victory” or win” in his vocabulary, the president has seemingly succumbed to common sense and is finally understanding that no war can be won without commitment.
The entire McChrystal sitaution could have been handled differently, and President Obama could have gone further to acknowledge prior successes by the previous administration, but reinstating Gen. David Petraeus in on-the-ground command was a masterstroke. By doing so, the president–whether he realizes it or not–has tacitly acknowledged two things: first, that the current rules of engagement which needlessly endanger our fighting men and women need to undergo serious reform and, second, that the Bush administration’s strategy in Iraq was indeed successful and should be revisited in Afghanistan.
Anything short of a massive troop pullout and the inevitable return to power by the Taliban, however, certainly isn’t enough for the far left, as seen in the poll following the video at The Huffington Post, where at this time (12:15 a.m. Wednesday) the readership is siding with the vehemently anti-war Sen. Obama over the reality-checked President Obama, nearly 70 percent to 30 percent.
When it comes to lefties abandoning this president–their miracle-of-miracles, “yes we can!” president–it’s not just that strange, kinda-bearded guy you see all the time in the organic section of your supermarket anymore. It’s not just the Kathy Bates look-a-like in her bumper-sticker-covered diesel Volvo wagon anymore. It’s not just the crunchy, patchouli-stinkin’, badly-in-need-of-shampoo-and-conditioner quasi-musician who hangs out on the park bench near your office, using the free wi-fi and smoking hand-rolled cigarettes anymore. What we have here is a full-on, knock-down and drag-out repudiation of the most radically left chief executive in decades — and we’re seeing it from the liberal media. The same liberal media which has, time and time again, conspired to protect this president or uniformly serve as a mouthpiece for his radical agenda.
And I love it. Any time I get to see an angry liberal, I love it. Have an anti-war friend? Show him the video. Watch his face as he contemplates the successes and failures of the man he so passionately and willingly campaigned and voted for just 21 months ago. Lean in really, really close … see if you can actually hear his brain whisper to itself the surest sign of electoral distress, regardless of party affiliation:
“Well, there’s always Dennis Kucinich.”