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Failed Strategies

Wednesday, Jun. 04, 2008 7:08 AM

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton still thinks she's in the race, despite Senator Barack Obama acquiring enough delegates and committed superdelegates to secure the Democratic nomination.

Clinton is meeting with her major contributors and making noises about how she'd welcome the VP slot on Obama's ticket - continuing her delusion that she gets to dictate things, or that her behavior during the primaries even merits consideration.

Let's be honest - there's no reason to offer her the VP slot, nor is there any reason the Obama campaign should absorb her $20+ million of debt.

And, please, if you're a Hillary Clinton supporter, enough with the 'sexist' meme already. As it's been pointed out by others, the world has seen other influential, tough-as-nails women leaders - Golda Meir, Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher - and none of them were singing the 'poor me' song.

Because if a bunch of conservative talking heads curdle the milk on your corn flakes by calling Clinton a 'bitch,' then the whole 'how are you going to be tough enough to face the Republicans' line she was slapping Obama with is just another piece of nonsense.

Someone tell John McCain his line about Barack Obama, "I'm surprised the young man has bought into so many failed ideas," is not going to win votes, especially when it invites comparison to the older man who offers sage wisdom like bombing Iran, staying in Iraq for 100 years, gas tax holidays, and consistently confusing al-Qaeda with Iran.

Also, the extra wide grin and blink was like a comedian laughing at their own joke, as if the audience needs the help.

I guess making money from book deals trumps being honest when it would have helped save us from diving headfirst into a disastrous war.

NBC's Richard Engels has written a book about his time covering the Iraq War, which includes portions of an interview with President Bush.

"This is the great war of our times. It is going to take forty years," Bush said. "I know people are saying we should have left things the way they were, but I changed after 9/11. I had to act. I don't care if it created more enemies. I had to act."

But apparently no one sat the boy king down to explain the logistics nightmare of fighting a forty year-long war, if it's even possible in modern times. And no one explained one of Sun Tzu's basic principles - "He will win who knows when to fight, and when not to."

We certainly need a more coherent strategy than, "Kick ass! If somebody tries to stop the march to democracy, we will seek them out and kill them! We must be tougher than hell! This Vietnam stuff, this is not even close. It is a mind-set. We can't send that message. It's an excuse to prepare us for withdrawal! There is a series of moments and this is one of them. Our will is being tested, but we are resolute. We have a better way. Stay strong! Stay the course! Kill them! Be confident! Prevail! We are going to wipe them out! We are not blinking!"

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