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Wed., Dec. 9, 2009, 3:31 a.m.

Sitting in a kettle…

Good morning, Netizens...

David Horsey's cartoon this morning attempts to depict the status quo of President Barack Obama and, although Horsey hits the target, the cartoon leaves the some readers with the same sense of ambivalence that might be responsible for President Obama's withering polls. According to Fox News, hardly an objective news source when it comes to anything associated with President Obama, the latest Gallop Poll shows Obama has fallen to a 47% job approval rating. If this piece of demography is true, it places President Obama at a lower job approval rating than any of his recent predecessors, including former President George Bush.

The underlying question seems to be what do we do about Afghanistan?

On one hand, if we “stick it out” and continue the battle for dominance over the warring cultures of Afghanistan and Pakistan, if history is our mentor, we will most likely lose, as no one has won a war in that region. As I have said several times, bring me the head of Osama Bin Laden and for my part, the war with Afghanistan is over.

That, too, may be a simplistic and overly idiotic view of world affairs. On the other hand, attempting to wage a war which has, in President Obama's own words, a predetermined end is inviting our opponents to simply wait us out.

That, our lackluster economy, and now the hotly-contested debate about global warming, the number and diversity of the fires heating up President Obama's kettles may be even more than the sum of Afghanistan.

Of course, your results may differ.


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