Despite the typical Republican temper tantrums anytime the president does something to avoid unnecessarily enraging the rest of the world or sending scores of Americans to certain death in hostile foreign terrain, Barack Obama continues to meet with his national security team to "generate new military and strategic options for Afghanistan" beyond the brilliant recommendations of Gen. Stanley McChrystal to continue condemning soldiers to die, thirsty and alone, on a parched mountainside in the middle of the desert.
While Obama and his top advisers mull the status of the U.S. war in Afghanistan (aka act like pussies), real military men like Gen. McChrystal, Sen. John McCain and apparently, the entire Republican Party, know that every passing moment is another opportunity wasted. For what exactly they can't say, but that's not what's important here.
What is, however, is the indisputable fact that the war in Afghanistan simply cannot be won with even a single soldier less than the 40,000 McChrystal requested, or at least according to one heroic former POW.
Asked whether 10,000 or 20,000 additional troops in Afghanistan would suffice, McCain quickly replied, "I do not," adding that "disregarding requirements that have been laid out and agreed to would be an error of historic proportions."
And if there's anyone who knows about errors of historic proportions, it's "that one" John McCain.
"I think the great danger now is a half-measure, sort of a -- you know, try to please all ends of the political spectrum," McCain told CNN. "And, again, I have great sympathy for the president, making the toughest decisions that presidents have to make, but I think he needs to use deliberate speed."
Hmmm, I used to think 'deliberate speed' was an oxymoron but now I finally get it! McCain just means Obama should give it the same consideration he gave his choice of running mate.
That way, you betcha no mistakes will be made!