“If we had wanted Bush’s wars, and contractors, and corruption, we could have voted for John McCain. At least we would have seen our foe facing us, not felt him at our back, as now we do. The Republicans are given a great boon by this new war. They can use its cost to say that domestic needs are too expensive to be met—health care, education, infrastructure. They can say that military recruitments from the poor make job creation unnecessary. They can call it Obama’s war when it is really theirs. They can attack it and support it at the same time, with equal advantage.”
Thus Garry Wills in “Afghanistan: The Betrayal” at the New York Review of Books’ website.
I would qualify my own view only slightly differently–this is Obama’s war now, as well as the Republicans’, no matter how much they piss and moan about it.