I mentioned power as one of the reasons that Cheney is trying to rush the president into Afghanistan. I wonder if the president has considered the fact that Cheney just might be trying to get him to make the same kind of mistake in Afghanistan that the Bush Administration made in Iraq in order to take the Iraq issue off the table for the 2012 election? If during the 2012 campaign America is bogged down in Afghanistan with the useless death of thousands of U.S. troops, all of a sudden, Bush, Cheney, and the GOP won’t look all that bad. The president should think about that possibility, since Dick Cheney makes Machiavelli look like a trainee.
On the other hand, if the president would have the CIA go after Osama Bin Laden (through the use of intelligence, not by blindly shooting at rocks), pull out of Afghanistan, and then make an agreement with the government of Pakistan to help them protect their nuclear arsenal (then try to help the people while we’re there instead of killing them), he’ll be looking pretty good in 2012, and he won’t have the deaths of thousands of U.S. troops to have to justify.
He’d look even better if he allowed Attorney General Holder to do his job with respect to the Bush administration’s war crimes. First, he’d firm up his base by restoring their confidence that he stands for the rule of law, and it would also allay the fear that he might be a puppet, and being controlled by some powerful cabal.
Another upside to that is once Holder begins his investigation into the Bush administration, there’s absolutely no doubt that he’s going to find criminality, cronyism, and corruption seeping so deep within the GOP that Republicans will be so busy snitching on one another, and covering their own asses, that they wouldn’t have the time to plot against either him, or the American people.
Now, THAT, would be a change that we could believe in.