Sunday, April 24, 2011

Anatomy of a political failure

The Washington Post has published a detailed post-mortem examining the factors behind Dear Leader's failed campaign promise to close the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay within one year of his inauguration.  The paper's findings don't look good for the Commander-in-Chief, to say the least:

"For more than two years, the White House’s plans had been undermined by political miscalculations, confusion and timidity in the face of mounting congressional opposition, according to some inside the administration as well as on Capitol Hill. Indeed, the failed effort to close Guantanamo was reflective of the aspects of Obama’s leadership style that continue to distress his liberal base — a willingness to allow room for compromise and a passivity that at times permits opponents to set the agenda."

The White House is also blaming anyone and everyone other than themselves for the outcome of this debacle, according to the story.  Now that's leadership "you can believe in".

Everyone always remembers President George W. Bush's disastrous "Mission Accomplished" carrier photo-op after the Iraq invasion, but this utter farce of an ostentatiously presented executive order from President Obama (on his very first day in office, no less) curiously gets much shorter shrift, even though it was arguably just as bad of a PR blunder. 

And people say there's no pervasive liberal bias amongst those in the mainstream media.

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