Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 12:59:38 PM by chessplayer
Just days after he wrote a piece in the Post exposing the inconvenient truth that it was indeed the White House that initially proposed sequestration during the 2011 debt ceiling debate, Woodward appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Wednesday saying that Obama’s decision to not send the USS Truman to the Persian Gulf as a result of these deliberations was “a kind of madness that I haven’t seen in a long time”
(video follows with transcript and commentary):
BOB WOODWARD, WASHINGTON POST: I’m not sure the White House understands exactly what happened in all of these negotiations at the end of 2011 with the sequester and the super committee and God knows what because they were really on the sidelines. But I think it’s possible to take one example here where President Obama came out and acknowledged that we are not sending the aircraft carrier Truman to the Persian Gulf because of this budget agreement.
JOE SCARBOROUGH, CO-HOST: Right.
WOODWARD: Joe, I mean, this will resonate with you, I think. Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, “Oh, by the way, I can’t do this because of some budget document,” or George W. Bush saying, “You know, I’m not going to invade Iraq because I can’t get the aircraft carriers I need,” or even Bill Clinton saying, “You know, I’m not going to attack Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters” as he did when Clinton was president “because of some budget document?”
Under the Constitution, the president is Commander-in-Chief and employs the force. And so we now have the president going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement, “I can’t do what I need to do to protect the country.” That’s a kind of madness that I haven’t seen in a long time…..