President Obama came into office as a transformational president, a man of big ideas. Yet he operates as a transactional one. It hasn’t gone well. The White House ends up fighting political battles on other people’s terms. Even the administration’s victories are portrayed as defeats. The forthcoming Defense Department strategic review this week is yet another example of this. It looks to be shaping up as an after-the-fact apology for hundreds of billions of dollars in the Obama administration’s planned military spending cuts. That’s too bad for the president, and the country. President Obama has the ability but so far lacks the will to elevate and re-frame the country’s national security debate beyond budget appropriation lines and great power conflict.
It is possible to spend less, and be stronger.
Right now, there is no bigger idea in presidential politics.
Read my take in my opinion piece on AOL Defense.