In Defense of Obama (on this one); Or, Mistaking Symptoms for the Disease

U.S. President Obama speaks about Iraq and also the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri on Martha's Vineyard (a year or so late)

Upon returning to the US, we were inundated with the myriad cable-news networks that we didn’t have on Scottish Freeview TV. The other evening we were watching Fox News, only to see show after show, pundit after pundit lambasting the Commander-in-Chief for what neither the guests nor hosts could definitively discern to be either legitimately his ‘strategy’ or a colossal albeit spectacular blunder. “Do we want to Manage Isis or Destroy them?” The implication, of course, being that the two options are mutually exclusive and that to do the one is to not do the other. It is certainly true that the concepts have differing connotations, and it’s those connotations that the Fox News Pundits were feeding off. To manage  a particular situation is in some sense to tolerate and patiently accept the imperfection of the status quo and carry on unaffected. To destroy the antagonists implies finality and resolution to the current dissonance of human experience. With this rhetoric the solution is clear; you’d be an idiot to settle for Duck Taping the front end onto your car rather than getting a proper mechanic to rebuild it! Continue reading “In Defense of Obama (on this one); Or, Mistaking Symptoms for the Disease”