That’s what we’re supposed to believe about revelations in Bob Woodward’s book about how President Obama handled the situation in Afghanistan.
Shocking! According to Woodward:
- White House aides engaged in a spirited, passionate debate over what to do about Afghanistan
- Obama repeatedly asked generals for an exit plan, but they refused to provide one.
- So a frustrated Obama ended up crafting his own strategy.
- He agreed to a temporary surge of 30,000 troops – but only as part of an overall strategy to stabilize Afghanistan and get out of there as fast as possible.
Shocking! Shocking only because – the system worked! That’s exactly the way the White House is supposed to function.
Unlike George Bush, who simply ordered the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq without thinking it out, allowing any debate, or giving any reasons, President Obama took a very deliberative, thoughtful, systematic approach: Giving everybody their say. Listening to all points of view. But, in the end, as Commander-in-Chief, taking charge.
Again, that’s exactly how the White House is supposed to work.
Bob Woodward’s book makes Obama looks so presidential, I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama paid him to write it.
That’s my parting shot for today.