Looks like tomorrow Obama will be increasing troop levels. To a large extent, this will be a deciding day for Salon. Most times when criticism has been made of Obama here, it has been hedged by making him seem the good king surrounded by poison-issuing advisors. So we have often enough heard pleas for him to please not listen to some corrupting so-and-so. But though we have evidence (from Sirota, I believe) that it could just amount once again to an instance of good Obama unnecessarily deferring (to his general, in this case), Joan and a number of others have essentially made clear that if he ups the troops, they will be switching to thinking of it mostly as HIS war--evidence, presumably, of his true moving instinct. After tomorrow, the pressure will be on them to evidence this turn away from "poor adviser" talk, from "the difficult task of turning the Titanic around" talk, which has hereto allowed them to believe the primary villains those--like, presumably, right-wing crazies--who have made him unnecessarily hesitant, reluctant to evidence his good nature, his true interest in the progressive reform he has spoken of so inspiringly.
If it continues to be one crazy after another, we have right to ask just how progressive Salon is; if now that the time has come, what it is that gives "them" cold feet; if they have it in them to take the heat being stridenly anti-Obama will bring upon them, from many of their own liberal friends.
Just a note: I don't believe Obama EVIL. I just think he has not been so rosily raised that he can avoid the disassociative trance many Americans seem increasingly compelled to lose themselves in.
Originally posted as a letter in response to: “Praying for Obama’s death” (Salon)