Monday, October 26, 2009

Mr. Dithers

George F. Will tried to make up for his column on Michele Bachmann by taking on former Vice President Dick Cheney and telling his fellow talking heads on ABC that “dithering” is not altogether a bad thing.

A bit of dithering might have been in order before we went into Iraq in pursuit of non-existent weapons of mass destruction. For a representative of the Bush administration to accuse someone of taking too much time is missing the point. We have much more to fear in this town from hasty than from slow government action.

Mr. Will went rogue from his fellow conservatives who were calling for more troops in Afghanistan back in August when he made the suggestion that we declare victory and leave, so this is more of that, and to his credit, at least he’s consistent.

This is compared to some of his fellow pundits from the right who have been claiming that President Obama has been taking too long making up his mind on Afghanistan — and they were the ones who whooped through going into Iraq — but that he’s being too hasty on healthcare reform. They’re two different situations, but to the candid observer, Mr. Obama has taken the same approach to both: listen to all the facts, get all the opinions and advice, then move forward. It seems that the ones who have been doing all the dithering are the ones who really don’t have a clue as to what might be at stake except their own agenda and how they can turn it to their advantage, regardless of the outcome.

Actually, I like what Vice President Joe Biden said about Dick Cheney: “Who cares?”