American Elephants hopes that the administration is delaying making a decision on Afghanistan until Tony Blair becomes the first President of the EU. The idea being, it’d give the White House moral reinforcement:
Now we all know Tony Blair has his head on straight about both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and resolutely so. Is Obama then waiting for Blair’s leadership to give him the political cover to send more troops to Afghanistan?
Well… it’d be both a good idea and a personally satisfying scenario*, so I think that nobody should count on it happening. After the President’s unforced error yesterday in Copenhagen it’s no longer safe to assume that this administration’s strategic planning abilities are up to even minimum standards. It’s much more likely that the White House simply doesn’t know what to do next. Which does mean that they might seize upon enlisting Blair’s support – but if they do, it’ll probably be out of desperation. Which means that people still won’t be able to assume that any forethought went into the decision.
Just the way it goes.
PS: “President” of the European Union for an unelected position may not be technically incorrect, but it’s a little eyebrow-raising. Why didn’t they just call the position “Premier?”
*Tony Blair was hated by the antiwar Left, you see. They didn’t like being reminded that their loudly-expressed support for freeing the oppressed and saving the doomed turned out to be contingent on whether a Democrat could take credit for it or not. So watching the Usual Suspects swallow their bile on this would provide many of us with many happy hours of innocent amusement.
Karma. It’s what’s for dinner.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.