But beyond that, Lake makes reference to what Obama has previously called a "strike force," a vague concept he has repeatedly invoked on the trail and which has prompted not the slightest curiosity among the press. What are these clearly defined missions? How large is this residual force? What is the threshold for "genocidal violence" and who would make the determination? One hopes Obama's other top foreign policy advisor, Susan Rice, would play no role. Rice was at the NSC in 1994 during the Rwandan genocide. According to Samantha Power, a former Obama advisor, during discussions within the administration on how to move forward, Rice asked "If we use the word 'genocide' and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November [congressional] election?"Wonder how Obama's strike force will contend with the 1,400 year long civil war Patrick Murphy's telling Bill Foster engulfs Iraq.
One gets the sense that remains the driving question within the Obama campaign on matters of national security and defense policy. Why else the stubborn refusal to acknowledge the recent and dramatic improvements in security in Iraq in favor of what might genuinely be called a responsible strategy.
Unlike the Clinton years, doing nothing isn't going to be an option for Susan Rice if the elections put her into the Gov again. Win or lose, it's going to be a tough time for Democrats. Reality will close in with vengence.