When Leon Panetta goes out for book interviews, the emphasis of course is on the drama, the disagreements. When the Gates book came out, same thing. But when I read the Gates book I saw the full context and realized there was really no big thing there. No huge surprises, just a deeper look at issues in the book and an interview sales tour. Drama added for sales.
Charles had said Panetta is just pandering to the RW nuts. Well maybe, but after a look at his Wiki and bio, he seems a very unlikely person to try to appeal to that crowd. But maybe for sales dollars it’s true. (Do right wingers dominate book sales that strongly?!?) Now though we have another democrat, a former President with arguably the most successful record ever in the middle east chiming in in a similar vein.
I think we have to accept they may be right, and not worry about the truth needing an English to partisan translator because of the mid terms. Or to support the President. When you support a leader you must understand there will be mistakes, setbacks. Good leadership learns and changes as needed. I think we will see that in this instance as well.
Former President Jimmy Carter said President Barack Obama “waited too long” to go after ISIS and criticized what he described as the president’s changing foreign policy.
“First of all, we waited too long. We let the Islamic State build up its money, capability and strength and weapons while it was still in Syria,” Carter told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in an interview published Tuesday. The 39th president was in Texas working on a Habitat for Humanity project.
“Then when [ISIS] moved into Iraq, the Sunni Muslims didn’t object to their being there and about a third of the territory in Iraq was abandoned,” he continued.