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10-08-2009, 06:07 PM
Sarkozy's Worst Fears Playing Out
Greta: France's Nicolas Sarkozy Says Barack Obama Is Very Naive and Conceited

Jack Kelly recently had this now famous assertion that he says were told to him by two sources from Nicholas Sarkozy about President Obama.

It appears that Sarkozy's nightmare is playing out in front of us. First, we have this story from the Washington Post.
It was easy to say, 'Hey, I support COIN,' because nobody had done the assessment of what it would really take, and nobody had thought through whether we want to do what it takes," said one senior civilian administration official who participated in the review, using the shorthand for counterinsurgency.

The failure to reach a shared understanding of the resources required to execute the strategy has complicated the White House's response to the grim assessment of the war by the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, forcing the president to decide, in effect, what his administration really meant when it endorsed a counterinsurgency plan. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's follow-up request for more forces, which presents a range of options but makes clear that the best chance of achieving the administration's goals requires an additional 40,000 U.S. troops on top of the 68,000 who are already there, has given senior members of Obama's national security team "a case of sticker shock," the administration official said.

The meetings now underway in Washington are rooted in part in the gap in understanding that became evident in March. This account of how it opened up is based on interviews with several senior civilian members of the administration and military officers directly involved in Afghanistan issues. Nearly all spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly about internal policy discussions.

President Obama is inclined to send only as many more U.S. troops to Afghanistan as are needed to keep Al Qaeda at bay, a senior administration official said.The official, in an interview with The Associated Press, also added that the president is prepared to accept some Taliban involvement in Afghanistan's political future, reiterating what Obama said in March.

The assessment comes from an official who has been involved in the president's discussions with his war council about Afghanistan strategy.

Aides say the president's final decision on Afghanistan strategy and troop levels is still at least two weeks away, but the emerging thinking suggests he would be unlikely to favor a large military ramp-up of the kind being advocated by his top commander in Afghanistan.

Try and put that into perspective. Here's someone that didn't realize that COIN meant more troops, more death, and a politically risky strategy. That was seven months ago, and now, he's realizing that he only understood COIN in theory. Despite a naivite that should be obvious to all, this same president is now inclined to overrule the General he chose and sent in country to develop a strategy. A lot of my liberal readers and colleagues scoffed at the suggestion that Sarkozy called Obama naive and arrogant. Who is Sarkozy to make such a suggestion they scoffed? This is no suggestion. This is a dangerous combination of naivite and arrogance all playing out in war.