UPDATE: Seems we have to go overseas to get any kind of actual questioning of an apocalyptically bad decision.
Cognitive dissonance: an uncomfortable feeling caused by holding conflicting ideas simultaneously. The theory of cognitive dissonance proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance. They do this by changing their attitudes, beliefs, and actions. Dissonance is also reduced by justifying, blaming, and denying.
OK, I know that the Old Media is completely in bed and unprotected when it comes to this CINC and this administration; not even a hint of objectivity as they continue their abdication of their role to people like us. So, first up, a member of the Old Media who evidently just climbed out of bed with someone in the White House Inner Circle, a statement such as this... doesn't come as a surprise that this is probably exactly what they perceive the military's opinion is of the OinC
But my opinion, and the opinion of just about every veteran and person currently serving that I talk to is more like this.
So, you be the judge; is what Joe Klein said correct or should he wash that fact off after he pulled it out of his backside. Might I suggest some hand sanitizer Joe?
Joe, have you been anywhere near the same zip code as anyone who has served under this President? I would have to say the range of feelings about this guy range from apathetic indifference to outright hatred. I lean quite a bit toward the latter. His spineless and feckless foreign policy and simultaneous disrespect and feigned admiration of our warriors, all while saying "I" following every statement he makes regaring anything he does related to the military makes me want to hurl. I feel alot like Prime Minister Netanyahu most days.
Joe, you and your peers don't get to bash the previous CINC for playing golf during a war (which he decided to stop because it didn't seem becoming while our soldiers were in harms way) and not be called out for not criticizing the current CINC for his constant vacations and endless rounds on the links.
And the military didn't think Bush was "doing the job" in Iraq? Really? Remember "the Surge" Joe? I think that would be called "doing the job" in what ever language or interpretive dance you want to use to describe what happened there. Remember capturing Saddam Hussein, his sons, the death of Zarqawi, free elections and smashing the insurgency in Fallujah and the denial of Iraq as a safe haven for islamic terrorism?
Maybe not, since your magazine spent all of it's resources and time (heh) reporting on Abu Ghraib and the fictional non-massacre in Haditha. I can see now why you missed the job we did in Iraq; hard to see that work being done by better men and women than you when you spend your days brown-nosing the current CINC. With your nose that far in there, you have a pretty narrow view of the world.
So, no, Joe; I don't believe this President is more popular with the military than the last one, and neither does anyone else with at least three firing neurons.
Update: BlackFive busting in on Deebow's post here...here are two reminders for Joe Klein and the other insane lefties that keep pushing that weak ass meme.
Update 2: Gallup weighs in (thanks to Amy for the link):
U.S. military veterans and those currently on active military duty are less likely to approve of President Obama's job performance than are Americans of comparable ages who are not in the military.