Saturday, January 9, 2010

It's Not Just Obama

The problem with the American approach to terrorism is not just Obama. So says Mark Steyn in an article today. According to Steyn credit and blame must be shared by the American electorate that made him president. Link here.

As Steyn puts it: "Last November, the electorate voted in effect to repudiate the previous eight years and seemed genuinely under the delusion that wars end when one side decides that it's all a bit of a bore and they'd rather the government spend the next eight years doing to health care and the economy what they were previously doing to jihadist camps in Waziristan."

Or this: "The election of Barack Obama was a fundamentally unserious act by the U.S. electorate, and you can't blame the world's mischief-makers from Putin to Ahmadinejad to the many Gitmo recidivists now running around Yemen from drawing the correct conclusion."

It's OK for the American electorate to have a low opinion of the Obama presidency but it needs not just to think about how he got there, but how they put him there.

As the old saying goes: fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

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