Saturday, June 25, 2011


Public approval of the Libya War is sinking fast:

Americans are more likely to say they disapprove than approve of the U.S. military action in Libya. That represents a shift from three months ago, just after the mission began, when approval exceeded disapproval.

This is quite a feat for a war launched by President Obama in which exactly zero Americans have even been wounded in action and whose costs are a rounding error in the "good war" in Afghanistan. You'd think that a man celebrated by his fans and the media (but I repeat myself) as the world's greatest speaker would haul out the Greek columns and toss off a "win one for the Gipper" speech and rally the nation, but no.

I don't need such a speech to support victory. But I suffer from an affliction of traditional patriotism or God- and guns-clinging syndrome, or something. Much of the country needs that speech, however.

I guess for a war that he can't possibly blame on George W. Bush, President Obama's speech writers have nothing to say.

UPDATE: Of course, if all President Obama can do is channel Tom Friedman, perhaps his silence is the best option.

UPDATE: Pity Friedman didn't have a Medal of Honor article for the president's speech writers to copy. None of them would made such an error about some community organizer getting an award.