You’d think that a speech to the National Guard Association on 9/11 would be the perfect occasion for Mitt to tell us what he’d do in Afghanistan.
But instead, Mitt said he wasn’t going to tell us because it was 9/11 — “I would normally speak to a gathering like this about the differences between my and my opponent’s plans for military and for our national security. There is a time and place for that, but this day is not that.”
Mitt has consistently criticized President Obama on Afghanistan without telling us what he’d do differently. He can play the 9/11 card to avoid the issue today, but how does he think he’s going to get through three debates without having to put up or shut up about the President and Afghanistan?
What a pathetic little soggy Mitten he is.
Mitt is kind of stuck here. If he moves explicitly to Obama’s right and says he intends to stay beyond 2014, he takes a very unpopular position and doesn’t position himself to pick up moderate/swing voters. Americans want to get out of Afghanistan even sooner, like yesterday. But he can’t move to Obama’s left and say he’d leave Afghanistan faster because then the hawks in the GOP would freak. He’d have McCain and Bolton and Liz Cheney and Butters (Lindsey Graham) pecking at him every night on Fox. Jon Huntsman wanted to get out of Afghanistan sooner than Obama, and we all saw how well he did in the primaries.