With U.S. combat deaths climbing on Obama's watch and more than half the American public opposed to escalation, the president seemed to acknowledge Tuesday that he has a lot to explain.Ah, confidence! One thing I remember well about the BushMaster was his bountiful confidence; however little justified it might have been, it was always there. So too with Obama.
"I feel very confident that when the American people hear a clear rationale for what we're doing there and how we intend to achieve our goals, that they will be supportive," he said, speaking at a White House news conference with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
"I can tell you, as I've said before, that it is in our strategic interest, in our national security interest to make sure that al-Qaida and its extremist allies cannot operate effectively" in the area, he said. "We are going to dismantle and degrade their capabilities and ultimately dismantle and destroy their networks. And Afghanistan's stability is important to that process."
The bad thing is, he's probably right to be confident. While there's always the technical possibility that the Great Amur'kin People might notice that official unemployment is over ten percent, actual unemployment is undoubtedly more than twice that, and yet we're still burning cash by the mega-bales to screw up some very remote and non-American parts of the globe, and then fail to be supportive. But, given what history tells us about the attention span of that Great Amur'kin People, he's very likely right to be confident. Very confident, even.