I posted earlier: POTUS:Hat-trick Winguts:0
and here is what some of my favourite bloggers/mediates said:….
The president doesn’t seem to care much about media reactions when weighing major decisions, but I suspect many in the West Wing, who’ve no doubt grown tired of un-passable media tests, will be pleased that observers are finally satisfied with a presidential appearance, at least for now.
Watertiger at The Dependable Renegade:
McChrystal relieved of duty . . . to be replaced by PETRAEUS?! Doubling down on the stupid.
Not enough facepalms in the world.
It’s not impossible that the McChrystal crisis will turn out to have an upside for Obama. While it has obviously created a short-term political crisis, it has also given him the opportunity for a very high-profile reassertion of control at a critical moment. It’s hard to imagine a single pundit on either side questioning Obama’s leadership in the wake of this decision and Obama’s execution of it. In short, Obama finally did kick an ass.
Ed at Instaputz:
Way to go, Mr. President: fire an insubordinate Stanley McChrystal and replace him with George W. Bush’s personal butt boy. That’ll help.
Josh Marshall: ..
.So when I woke up this morning I still couldn’t quite see how President Obama could not fire McChrystal. But I also couldn’t quite imagine him doing it.
But he did. Showed me a different side of him. And what I really couldn’t have imagined was that he found a way not just to acquit himself honorably and protect the office but actually enhance his prestige and standing.
In taking that stand, and quickly installing Petraeus, Obama should quiet critics who have been mocking him for an allegedly timid approach to the BP oil spill in recent weeks. The change of generals was the firm action of a hands-on executive. And a self-confident one, too.
Obama’s decision to replace McChrystal with Gen. David Petraeus is a stroke of brilliance, an unassailable move, politically and strategically.
Here is my two cents: I wrote hat-trick because in a swift move, POTUS:
– shut the media from running circles around him, trying to define or distract him and the country into sound-bites and media-cycles.
– shut the wingnuts from so much as squeaking anything other than ‘good choice’.
– shut McChrystal and any other potential ‘loud-mouthed,disrespectful, service men/women from so much as spelling ‘bad-conduct’.
and the sheer style in which he did it is worth watching again and again!!