Friday, January 28, 2011

Why President Obama's Afghanistan Flub Matters

Sorry Mitchell Bard (and other lefties); You can't have it both ways
Here's President Obama telling reporters, “As I said, we will be out of Afghanistan by the end of this year… Combat operations in Afghanistan have ended”:

Obama actually doubled down on his gaffe and said "Afghanistan" twice. Doesn't he know the difference between Iraq and Afghanistan? Well that depends. If you were one of those who insisted that Sarah Palin misspeaking about North Korea and South Korea meant that she was unqualified for high office, then we have a foreign policy crisis on our hands:
Saying "Afghanistan" instead of "Iraq" is something that any of us could easily do.

But here's the thing: Any of us did not stand up two four years ago and claim we were qualified to fill a job that is the American presidency. We haven't written books, made speeches, endorsed candidates and spoken to the (slobbering left-wing) media as if we were policy experts. And we haven't been letting White House personnel leave their jobs to organize a 2012 presidential reelection bid.

In short, more should be expected of President Obama than any of us, based on how he has portrayed herself, and how he is treated by the same media that lied to get him elected.

The real story, though, isn't that Obama said "Afghanistan" instead of "Iraq." Let's be honest: Vice President Joe Biden could have just as easily blown a line like that.

No, the real story is that Obama was discussing a complex, precarious, highly dangerous issue as if he were an expert, even though he clearly isn't.
h/t: Jim Hoft

- JP

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