‘On Schedule’

Kristol on Obama speech: 'Reality doesn't operate on our preferred schedule'

President Barack Obama addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters Sept. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)


President Obama spoke of ending the war in Afghanistan "on schedule in 2014" in his address to the General Assembly of the United Nations Tuesday.

William Kristol writes the remark is revealing of Obama's worldview:

Isn't this statement almost a parody of wishful liberalism? Do we get to end our wars on schedule? It would of course be nice if the world allowed us to fight and end wars on schedule. But wishing doesn't make it so. Reality doesn't operate on our preferred schedule.

In fact, to say we're ending our war on schedule means we're not fighting our war to win. If we're not fighting to win, it's hard to justify sending more young men and women over to fight at all. And if we're not fighting to win, it's hard to convince enemies that we're serious about doing what it takes to help achieve the goals President Obama discussed in his speech. Which means the world will get even more dangerous than it is today.

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