The White House sent Bob Gates and Hillary Clinton out on Sunday morning to do a set of joint interviews on Meet the Press, Face the Nation and This Week. (Fox had to settle for Gen. Petraeus. CNN got Jim Jones.)
After his address to the nation on healthcare reform, Obama himself made the rounds on Sunday morning. I’m inclined to think that the President didn’t want to face the music this time, since there are so many contradictions in his policy and public statements for the interviewers to exploit. Better to let cabinet officials take the heat. On NBC, David Gregory reminded both Gates and Clinton about their own opposition to a date certain for withdrawal from Iraq, because it would only encourage the insurgents. So what’s different about Afghanistan? Clinton responded:
Because we’re not talking about an exit strategy or a drop-dead deadline. What we’re talking about is an assessment that in January 2011 we can begin a transition
So July 2011 is a date certain for an assessment of a potential transition?
You have to give Clinton and Gates credit for trying. They were the human shields protecting Obama’s policy from journalists’ arrow-like questions. Perhaps it’s time for POTUS to step out front?
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