Obama has been has lately been accused of dithering on his decision about how to go forward in Afghanistan. This is after his numerous previous comments that Afghanistan was the good war and that failure was not acceptable. He also stated earlier this year that he had a plan for Afghanistan, and tasked General McChrystal with determining the number of troops who will be needed to implement his plan. McChrystal came back with a recommendation and Obama has pondered ever since.
So, is Obama indecisive? I am of the opinion that the root problem is not indecisiveness, but he instead fears being disliked. How does a person avoid being disliked? It’s very simple, avoid controversial issues. Do you remember the talk about the 129 times he voted present as a Illinois state legislator. That by itself may not mean a lot, but there are others. During the campaign when the so-called financial melt-down occurred, and McCain suspended his campaign. Obama stayed on the trail and did everything he could to delay getting involved in the TARP discussion, by trying to put forth the notion that he could do two things at once—campaign and deal with the economy. He also refused to vote on the senate resolution condemning the “General Betray Us” ad sponsored by the left wing group MoveOn.org. McCain pointed this out in one of their debates, where McCain said Obama could have voted on it, but remained in the cloak room instead.
Now comes the revelation that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be tried in New York and that the decision was solely the decision of Attorney General Holder. Now if you believe Holder made that decision, you will believe anything. This again is another attempt by Obama to isolate himself from any criticism about his decision to hold KSM’s trial in New York, and to also, at least in his mind, reap him some approval from around the world.
We also have to constantly hear how he inherited all of the problems we now have, or how he is not losing sleep over the problems that ACORN is having because of their corrupt practices. Do you honestly believe that he couldn’t care less about ACORN. He is doing all he can to distance himself from this corrupt community organizing group because of his close ties to it.
Obama wants very much to be liked, scratch that, adored. Not just by the American people, but by people around the world, and if you want to be adored, what is the first rule of order—offend as few people as possible. This is done by avoiding controversial issues to the greatest extent possible, or appearing to be on both sides of the issues—which he does quite well.
Obama is a man torn by two universes, the left wing universe in which he resides and the universe that the rest of the country resides in. He is trying desperately to implement the Obama Doctrine of offend nobody, but he has found, however, that it is impossible to lead without offending, and that his pretty speeches will carry him only so far, before he will be dropped flat on his butt.