Rolled By The Generals Meme Con't.

And now we're controlling Boy Wonder by playing on his eagerness to show that the Democrats are tough on national security. He's a sucker for four-star generals, can't resist anyone in uniform. Petraeus and Odierno speak and he jumps. If we want to roll him, we just send in the military brass flashing their medals

Maureen Dowd, 5/23.

This is a meme we'll be watching -- frustration on the left that President Obama is incapable of asserting independence from his generals (agreeing to a delay in withdrawing from Iraq, agreeing to send more troops to Afghanistan, refusing to push on Don't Ask, Don't Tell, caving on the military photos) because he is either "a sucker" for their exaggerated deference to him as commander in chief, or because he is trying to ingratiate himself with them, or because the Clintonians in his midst are over-correcting for the last Boy President's falling out with his generals.

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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