“Abdication, peppered with confusion and deceit, we can believe in”. This is the theme of the Obama administration and one that is wearing thin on the national and international stages. Whether it is inchoate health care legislation (now arbitrarily allowing over 1,000 waivers), neglecting to bring forth a national budget (balanced or otherwise) or failing to articulate a cohesive foreign policy doctrine, abdication, confusion and deceit are the guiding principles of this administration.
“The first thing you have to do,” Rumsfeld told ABC News’ Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper, “is recognize…the mission has to determine the coalition. The coalition ought not determine the mission. If you go into something with confusion and ambiguity about what the mission is – and we’ve heard four or five different explanations about why we’re there – and that is the root of the problem. The confusion that comes from that. Confusion about what the mission is, confusion about who the rebels are, confusion about whether or not Gadhafi should be left in power, confusion about what the command and control should be”.