President Obama has adapted Just-in-Time Logistic principles to diplomacy. And it's working beautifully. We didn't need a position on Mubarak until today, so why have a policy sitting around for people to trip over? It's something similar to voting "present" on legislation; you don't want to be seen as mistaken, so you wait for events to play out, then jump in, declaring your support for something that no longer needs your support.
It's like our response to the Iranian protesters last year. Ahmadinejad was having kids shot in the street and Obama's response was that he was “excited to see what appears to be a robust debate taking place in Iran.” The election was rigged, OK? Ahmadinejad was the winner and would remain the winner no matter what we had to say about it. So why not stand on principle and condemn the events taking place on Iranian streets? Think Abidibidad is going to like us better if we never have anything bad to say about him?
What would have happened if we had called for Mubarak to step down and he decided not to? Our standing with him wouldn't have changed a bit, because he needs us much more than we need him. We could have condemned the shootings and head-cracking, and Mubarak still would have depended on us for aid.
For crackers sake Obama, take a stand once in awhile. The only time you said "Damn the criticism, I'm doing what I want," was when you were cramming Obamacare down our throats. Is it only Muslim criticism you fear? Do you think the Middle East will ever greet you as a long lost cousin? Truth is, they don't like you any better than they did Bush. Only difference was, they feared angering George Bush.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Posted by lumberjack at 7:37 PM