A Strategy Of Protracted Hesitation

More

A funny take from Robert Shrimsley as he imagines an aide and the president discussing current options:

Obama: Shouldn’t we be helping democrats against a brutal dictatorship?

Aide: Are we sure they are democrats, Mr President?

Second aide: Didn’t we do this meeting last month?

Aide: That was Egypt. . . or Tunisia.

Obama: Well, that seemed to work out; what did we do then?

Aide: We positioned ourself carefully behind the curve and immediately backed whatever had happened the day before. It was cost-effective and it worked, sir. Your strategy of protracted hesitation has paid dividends in a number of theatres.

Obama: David Plouffe prefers to call it the evaluate-and-decide strategy.

Aide: I apologise Mr President, I thought that was our Afghan strategy. I understood we’d moved on to an “evaluate and then evaluate some more” strategy here.

Of course, the alternative to "evaluate and decide" is to "trust your gut and invade." Politics is never pretty.

Jump to comments

2006-2011 archives for The Daily Dish, featuring Andrew Sullivan

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Sad Desk Lunch: Is This How You Want to Die?

How to avoid working through lunch, and diseases related to social isolation.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more

Video

Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.

Video

What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world

Writers

Up
Down