So much for 'We Win, They Lose'

That was then:

“My idea of American policy toward the Soviet Union is simple, and some would say simplistic. It is this: ‘We win and they lose.’ What do you think of that?”


— Ronald Reagan, to future National Security Adviser Richard V. Allen, 1977.

This is now:

— Obama told Woodward in the July interview that he didn’t think about the Afghan war in the “classic” terms of the United States winning or losing. “I think about it more in terms of: Do you successfully prosecute a strategy that results in the country being stronger rather than weaker at the end?” he said.

They don’t call him our first post-American president for nothing.

Also excerpted from Bob Woodward’s new book is this rapidly becoming infamous quote:

Woodward’s book portrays Obama and the White House as barraged by warnings about the threat of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil and confronted with the difficulty in preventing them. During an interview with Woodward in July, the president said, “We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger.”

Absorbed? I’ll bet this woman is just thrilled which that sort of Strangelovian language:

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