Black Flag in his wise comment on my previous column, sums up what has happened. A low self-esteem, narcissistic President cannot tolerate ridicule. He would rather lose a war than confront modest laughter about his self-induced failures. So he turns to General Petraeus, who fainted at a Congressional Hearing to avoid either lying under oath or criticizing his Commander-in-Chief for his stupid decision to telegraph troop withdrawals in the middle of a major counter-insurgency.
Well, Obama now has yet another senior sycophant to polish his ego. I wonder whether such ego-boosting will impress the Taliban, or protect U.S. troops on the ground in Afghanistan, or lever Obama to re-election in 2012?