Decision Avoidance

Commenting on the angst-ridden decision-making process with regard to a war strategy for Afghanistan, Charles Krauthammer observes:

Well, it’s not just the process of the White House appearing to preempt or overrule the military, and the White House not exactly having the background and expertise that the military does. It’s also the substance and the logic of it. What [Secretary of Defense Robert] Gates was saying is this is preposterous that you have to wait until after the election to decide on the troop level.

The unmistakable picture is that of a political operation that is tossing out excuses and seeing which one might stick. Delay for the sake of delay seems to be the goal. But to what end? The president is simply prolonging the process and, as we noted, at the same time allowing opposition to harden. Meanwhile, troops are in the field, and a revised strategy can’t be implemented until the president ends the war-by-seminar process.

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