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Herewith I begin a series in which I wonder out loud whether Obama's strategy against evil is the best of his available choices.

The principle ideas of this series are these:


** Obama is fully committed to the cause of Good against Evil, but has chosen a strategy of avoiding direct, confrontational battle against evil, even where that would involve the enforcement of the law required by his oath of office.

** Obama's strategy is partly a matter of picking which fights to fight and which to avoid, and partly a matter of his own distinctive style of fighting the fights he seems to avoid.

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** Whether or not Obama's strategy is the wise choice, it certainly entails significant costs, not least of which is that he has foregone a kind of purity that could have been a major source of political strength for him.

** Despite the significant costs of Obama's  strategy, which muddies the moral waters, there are substantial reasons why his confrontation-avoidant strategy might be a wise course for long-term victory.

** One question (albeit not the only one) on which depends making that judgment as to the wisdom of his strategy is this:  What is the correlation of forces right now on the battlefield between Good and Evil in America today.

** Given the uncertainty regarding that question, and given the possibility that Obama's approach is excessively cautious, it would be worthwhile for Obama to find ways of testing the effectiveness of a bolder, more confrontative course that will give indications of the risk/reward ratio without committing him to that approach.  

In the coming days I will be expanding upon these points.


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Andy Schmookler, an award-winning author, political commentator, radio talk-show host, and teacher, was the Democratic nominee for Congress from Virginia's 6th District. His new book -- written to have an impact on the central political battle of our time -- is (more...)

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"Obama is fully committed to the cause of Goo... by William Whitten on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 1:27:10 PM
As I indicate in my piece tomorrow, this is a prem... by Andrew Bard Schmookler on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 2:55:49 PM
"Mr. Whitten, even if I'm entirely right,... by William Whitten on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 6:57:16 PM
In your book, I gather, one is not allowed to begi... by Andrew Bard Schmookler on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 7:21:37 PM
Stradigy has to be within the bounds of our Constu... by Philip Dennany on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 6:33:30 PM
There's certainly a legitimate and important persp... by Andrew Bard Schmookler on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 7:34:17 PM
"And if that displeases you, rather than telling m... by William Whitten on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 9:37:51 PM
"That said, I still reject your base premise as to... by Andrew Bard Schmookler on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 9:48:41 PM
"But I have no objection to your rejecting the pre... by William Whitten on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 10:17:01 PM
...for the "Beaten wife" syndrome to end... by Bia Winter on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 9:14:10 AM
Beware of knives without a crossguard! If all you ... by William Whitten on Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 12:36:54 AM