Wapo’s Dana Milbank: ‘Mission accomplished,’ Obama style
posted at 11:01 am on June 23, 2011 by Rovin
‘Mission accomplished,’ Obama style—Dana Milbank at the Washington Post
But Obama is sorely in need of a victory, and proclaiming one in Afghanistan is as good a choice as any. Sixteen months before the election, it seems his leadership is in trouble everywhere he looks. Liberal Democrats and many Republicans are uniting in opposition to his military action in Libya. The Federal Reserve on Wednesday steeply reduced its growth forecasts for both 2011 and 2012. Even Al Gore is complaining, about Obama’s work on global warming. A Bloomberg poll this week found that only 30 percent of Americans said they would certainly vote for Obama, compared with 36 percent who definitely wouldn’t.
Against that miserable backdrop, Obama’s handling of terrorism is his strongest area of performance — 69 percent in the Bloomberg poll. The president reminded Americans why they hold this view, recalling his vanquishing of bin Laden. “The information that we recovered from bin Laden’s compound shows al-Qaeda under enormous strain,” he said. “Bin Laden expressed concern that al-Qaeda has been unable to effectively replace senior terrorists that have been killed. . . . We have put al-Qaeda on a path to defeat, and we will not relent until the job is done.”
“………That, again, echoed Bush. But by the end of the speech, Obama was aiming rather higher. “With confidence in our cause, with faith in our fellow citizens and with hope in our hearts, let us go about the work of extending the promise of America — for this generation, and the next.”
Can Mr. Milbank make a better case for a “regime change” in this country next year? Certainly the President’s strong foreign policy decisions should be enough to give us four more years of “leadership”, since we’re winning the future, right?
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