Bob Woodward seems to have had a recent epiphany about Obama.
The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward ripped into President Barack Obama on “Morning Joe” today, saying he’s exhibiting a “kind of madness I haven’t seen in a long time” for a decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf because of budget concerns.
“Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, ‘Oh, by the way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?'” Woodward said.
“Or George W. Bush saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to invade Iraq because I can’t get the aircraft carriers I need?'” Or even Bill Clinton saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to attack Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters,’ … because of some budget document?”
The Defense Department said in early February that it would not deploy the U.S.S. Harry Truman to the Persian Gulf, citing budget concerns relating to the looming cuts known as the sequester.
“Under the Constitution, the President is commander-in-chief and employs the force. And so we now have the President going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement. ‘I can’t do what I need to do to protect the country,'” Woodward said.
Woodward no longer is the mover and shaker he once was. So why am I paying any attention to him at all? Well, it doesn’t make much of a story at this point to talk about those MSM figures who think Obama is just great; their Pravda-esque propaganda has been duly noted and is continuing apace as expected. But Woodward seems to (perhaps) be in the throes of some sort of more basic change regarding Obama, and I can only hope that he is not alone in this.
Plus, of course, the whole topic of political change is of interest to me.
Something in the blatancy of Obama’s behavior about the sequester—his lies, combined with his lack of interest in protecting the United States while simultaneously blaming others for decisions he is so clearly in charge of—seems to have reached Woodward and told him who Obama really is, probably for the very first time. And he’s shocked enough to speak out about it.
Are there others seeing the light? And if so, how many? I see no evidence of it, although I’m on the lookout.
Plus, I wonder whether Woodward will go silent again.
[Hat tip: Ace.]