Ever notice that this administration is only lightning-fast when it comes to shifting blame when things don’t work out perfectly? They practically left a vapor trail in their zeal to anonymously accuse the US military of being responsible for our tense situation with North Korea:
So, it’s the Navy’s fault that the U.S.-North Korea spat has gone so far?
That’s the apparent message from senior administration officials who, according to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, said that they had long planned to send B-52s, B-2 stealth bombers, and F-22 fighters to the Korean Peninsula as part of preplanned wargames with South Korea, but that they had not planned the recent deployment of Navy destroyers.
Last weekend, the U.S. ordered two guided-missile destroyers to the Western Pacific — the U.S.S. John S. McCain and the U.S.S. Decatur — to provide additional defense against North Korean ballistic missiles.
Command takes responsibility, Mr. Obama.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: Yes, it is difficult to balance expecting the military to show initiative and expecting it to show discernment. I suspect that the Obama administration has now – completely inadvertently – settled that issue for some time; initiative is not welcome. That’s great, right up to the point when something bad happens because a military commander hesitates for a brief, yet fatal moment.