Elijah Friedeman, the Millennial Perspective
Chris Matthews referred to West Point tonight as "the enemy camp."
I saw, if not resentment, skepticism. I didn't see a lot of warmth in that crowd out there. The president chose to address tonight and I thought it was interesting. He went to maybe the enemy camp tonight to make his case. I mean, that's where Paul Wolfowitz used to write speeches for, back in the old Bush days. That's where he went to rabble rouse the "we're going to democratize the world" campaign back in '02. So, I thought it was a strange venue."
If the president did see skepticism from the crowd as Matthews suggests, could it be because Obama waited months before making a decision on Afghanistan? Could it be because these cadets at West Point realize what the president does not: American soldiers are dying over there while politics take center stage over here? Or maybe Matthews thought they were skeptical because the cadets didn't experience any tingling legs.
Whatever the case, Matthews' comments are absolutely inexcusable.