I’m not going to parse the substance of Obama’s speech to the cadets at West Point (but mostly to the rest of America) about the future of America’s Afghanistan strategy. You can judge that for yourself by watching the video below if you missed it — but what struck me as uninspiring and inappropriate was Obama’s choice of West Point as the venue for this particular speech.
Considering Obama was standing directly before those who may sacrifice the most in this war, this speech was stagnate and uninspiring at best.
This speech had the emotional impact of a football coach delivering a pre-game pep talk to his team and saying “We’re going to go out there and give it our all, but only for three quarters — sooner if I think our helmet logo offends the other team or if our equipment is too expensive.”
Obama’s mistake in speech and venue was that he was trying to talk to the troops and his liberal base at the same time while satisfying both. It falls way short in my opinion, but you be the judge.
Put yourself in a cadet’s shoes — does this make you want to go kill terrorists, or become a member of the U.N. Security Council?:
Update: Cassy Fiano: A war can’t be “ended” — it’s either won or lost