This is from Kelley B. Vlahos' latest column at Antiwar.com:
Up until now, the neoconservatives within the national security establishment had been almost demure and decorous, content like cats to paw at the growing number of “isolationists” among the GOP coming out against the U.S. intervention in Libya and for a more rapid withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan.
But when President Obama announced his plan last week to bring home the 33,000 so-called surge troops by the summer of 2012, the sniping quickly turned into the kind of vanguard attack we’re more accustomed to. The neoconservative wing of the Republican Party—a stalwart civilian proxy of the military in Washington—will not relinquish its 10-year grip on the national security agenda willingly, and if you listen carefully, you’ll hear the scribbling of what will likely become the script for attacking Obama and any disobliging GOP contenders on foreign policy from here through the 2012 elections.
It’s not terribly original but it needn’t be—the meme has worked before: Obama is “pulling the rug” out from under “his commanders on the ground,” mainly Gen. David Petraeus, who has worked so bravely, so selflessly to turn things around in Afghanistan. Now, because of political considerations, Obama will put his re-election before victory. If that isn’t enough—the Afghan people will feel betrayed, and no doubt turn against International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in the field, while the Taliban will take our “arbitrary date” for withdrawal and wait it out, before laying waste to all of Petraeus’ hard-fought gains.Barack is so full of it. If Vlahos is right about how it's going to go down ("Poor Petraeus betrayed by Barry"), I say good. Good, let the little princess fall out of favor.
I really am sick of Barack. I'm sick of his refusal to focus on the economy. I'm sick of his endless wars. I'm sick of his lying and war mongering.
I wish it were already 2012 but it's better this way. It means there's even more time for him to have the air let out of his sails.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"