Allies of President Barack Obama are warning the administration that it has been too slow in responding to a cascading set of scandals and risks letting Republicans define his second term and derail his agenda.
Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Herman Cain are turning for national security advice to former officials in the George W. Bush administration, including some who pushed hardest for the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Casey Stengel reportedly once asked, after becoming manager of the hapless New York Mets, “Can’t anybody here play this game?” Much the same question applies to the U.S.-NATO military intervention in Libya, now in its fourth excruciating month.
In less than three years in office, President Barack Obama oversaw the killing of Osama bin Laden; ordered four times as many drone strikes in Pakistan and Afghanistan as President George W. Bush; sent 30,000 surge troops to Afghanistan; and used U.S. forces to help NATO oust Muammar Qaddafi.
All U.S. ground troops will be out of Iraq by Dec. 31, and soon this sorry conflict will fade quietly into the past, the second-dumbest war in American history. Yet the Iraq War has been missing in action during the Republican presidential campaign.