Dithering for Fear

First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. – Franklin Roosevelt1

After all the obstructionist complaints about the war in Iraq from Barack Obama and the commander-in-chief, the role Obama has played unconvincingly, as the most famous of celebrity elites, it’s easy to lose sight of what will actually take place in this evening’s television address.  The speech won’t be about the larger context of what President George W. Bush’s accomplishment in Iraq means to national security.  Rather, it will be further evidence of Obama willing to say or do anything to get elected, to be used for purely political ends during the midterm campaign season.2

“We have the troops who are there in a position to start taking the fight to the terrorists,” Barack Obama said to U.S. Army soldiers in Texas this morning, describing his vision for their future in Afghanistan.  “That’s going to mean some casualties and it’s going to mean some heartbreak.” 3

Considering the negative quality of his remarks at Ft. Bliss, nothing that Obama says will elevate his status beyond that of a dithering loser in command.4


1.  Davis W. Houck, FDR and Fear Itself: The First Inaugural Address (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2002), 3.

2.  Helene Cooper, “Obama to Speak of Kept Promises in Address on Ending Combat Mission in Iraq,” The New York Times, August 31, 2010, International.  Conrad C. Fink, Writing Opinion for Impact, Second Edition (Ames: Blackwell Publishing, 2004), 69.

3.  Barack Obama, “Remarks by the President During Fort Bliss Army Base Visit,” The White House, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/08/31/remarks-president-during-fort-bliss-army-base-visit.

4.  Associated Press, “Cheney: Stop ‘Dithering’ over Afghanistan,” CBS News, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/10/21/ap/preswho/main5407819.shtml.