Not content with Pentagon assurances that the U.S, would "maintain a robust presence" in the Persian Gulf region, the Post's Woodward had a delayed but volcanic reaction to the U.S. reducing its ability to obliterate the region to a mere three or four times over, calling it "madness."
On the MSNBC show "Morning Joe," February 27, Woodward accused President Obama of exhibiting "a kind of madness I haven't seen in a long time" for having only one aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. Since the two-carrier policy dates from 2010, Woodward implies he hasn't seen that kind of madness for almost three years, although he doesn't say that. In the context of discussing the sequester, what he says very calmly is:
"President Obama came out and acknowledged that we are not sending the aircraft carrier Truman to the Persian Gulf because of this budget agreement".
"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,' ... 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."