President Obama doesn’t like war. That’s good. Nobody should.
That’s bad, at least for a president.
Obama views himself as a peacemaker, the man who is fulfilling commitments to extract us finally from Afghanistan and Iraq. But what he is doing is ensuring continued problems in those areas, because he’s leaving before the job is done.
The surge in Afghanistan was too small, as I’ve written frequently, and the ANNOUNCEMENT THAT WE WILL BEGIN RETREATING IN THE SUMMER OF 2011 was a sure signal to our enemies that they could wait us out.
Now, having already started crashing through the door in the desperation to exit Afghanistan, it appears Obama is doing the same in Iraq.
Fox News reported Tuesday that the administration wants to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq from 45,000 to 3,000 by the end of the year. Military commanders want five or six times as many to stay on. Just like they wanted an 80,000 troop surge in Afghanistan and got 35,000.
Even the New York Times, playing catchup to Fox, noted that the Iraq plan is getting a big WTF from military commanders.