Friday, March 25, 2011

Reuters: Only 17% Of Americans See President Obama As A Decisive Military Leader

Libya is turning out to be bad, bad politics for Obama:

Only 17 percent of Americans see President Barack Obama as a strong and decisive military leader, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll taken after the United States and its allies began bombing Libya.

Nearly half of those polled view Obama as a cautious and consultative commander-in-chief and more than a third see him as indecisive in military matters.

Obama was widely criticized in 2009 for his months-long consultations with senior aides and military chiefs on whether to send more troops to Afghanistan. Critics called it dithering, but he said such a big decision required careful deliberation. He eventually dispatched 30,000 more troops.

But Obama is facing mounting discontent among opposition Republicans and from within his own Democratic Party over the fuzzy aims of the U.S.-led mission in Libya and the lack of a clearly spelled-out exit strategy for U.S. forces.

If the Libya mission becomes a foreign policy mess, mixed with perceptions Obama is a weak military leader, it could spell trouble for him in the 2012 presidential election.

Whether you agree with taking action in Libya or not, Obama looks like a fool. He bypassed getting authorization for the war kinetic military action and went to the UN and got a resolution that allows intervention but not regime change. But then, Obama started talking about installing a democratic government.

Given that Gaddafi is a tyrant and dictator, that means regime change.

So what we have is our troops involved in a war that we’re not supposed to believe is actually a war, the goal of which may or may not be regime change dependent on which day you ask the President.

No wonder people have no faith in this clown.