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The Anti-Lincoln: Obama’s Malice-Towards-All-Charity-Towards-None Policy

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After President Obama’s treatment of former President Bush, the CEO of GM, Mitch McConnell, insurance excs, doctors and everyone in the oil industry but especially BP’s senior execs –in short, of everyone he perceives as a threat or insufficiently awed by his talent– we shouldn’t be surprised that he took less than 40 hours to sack his hand-picked commander in Afghanistan even after dithering for four months over that commander’s recommendations. The president isn’t much of a decider except when it comes to lashing out at anyone who threatens his own carefully developed self-image.

The stage had been set for the president to accept an apology and send a warrior back to his vitally important work. Instead the president sacked Patton and sent Ike to run the Third Army. Now as a confrontation looms with Iran and a crucial hand-over approaches in Iraq, the country’s leading strategist –and a competitor for attention within the Beltway– gets sent to the toughest job in the world and CentCom gets a new leader.

General Petraeus is of course a great commander and will do a great job, but that such a change has been made and such a sacrifice demanded because of a Rolling Stone interview is stunning and very dispiriting.

The president has an unerring instinct for taking any tough situation and making it worse, whether it is the recession, the car business, health care, the oil spill and now the war in Afghanistan.






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