Petraeus talk: Comments agree with Obama, Disagree with McCain

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Cleverboy, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. Cleverboy macrumors 65816


    May 25, 2007
    Pocket Universe, nth Dimensional Complex Manifold
    This type of thing sounds like the type of disagreements Bush had with Greenspan, where I'd have imagined that Bush would have been more interested in following Greenspan's observations, but it seemed that Greenspan conformed to Bush's priorities. Is Petreaus keeping an eye on the political winds, or is Obama simply more "upfront" about the job that needs to be done (listening to commanders on the ground, instead of simply cloning an incompatible strategy from a different region?)

    ~ CB
  2. RacerX macrumors 65832

    Aug 2, 2004
    I'd point out that Obama has the luxury of listening to the commanders on the ground... he didn't start either war so his political fortunes aren't tied to making the wars seem different than they actually are. By contrast, McCain adopted many of the administration's positions early in his campaign... some of which the administration has backed away from since.

    So keeping that in mind, if Obama sells us on a new war (which would be a hard sell these days), he'll most likely be pushing the military the same way that the current administration is to make it seem like certain objectives are being met. We can hope that Obama deals with conflicts like George H.W. Bush did, not biting off more than we can handle and keeping the objectives clear.

    Personally, I think any president going forward should keep in mind Powell's Pottery Barn rule when considering military intervention anywhere in the world.
  3. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    Petraus is no dummy... He can read the political tea leaves as well as the rest of us can, and that is telling him he better make nice with the likely president if he wants to keep his job.

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