51QrJpi6+BL._SS500_Neocons are obsessed with the exceedingly childish idea that wars — however ill-conceived — are won through the sheer force of Some Great Man’s “will.”

And one of the leading neocons, unsurprisingly, doesn’t think Obama has it.

Words matter because will matters. Success in war depends on three things: a brave and highly skilled soldiery, such as the 2009 U.S. military, the finest counterinsurgency force in history; brilliant, battle-tested commanders such as Gens. David Petraeus and McChrystal, fresh from the success of the surge in Iraq; and the will to prevail as personified by the commander in chief. […] We cannot prevail without a commander in chief committed to success.

George W. Bush’s failure to win the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Nixon’s failure to win in Vietnam, and Eisenhower’s failure to win in Korea — all due to insufficient spine.

Why do so many Republican presidents lack will?

Blue Texan

Blue Texan