Homage to a Government (Part 2)
4:05 PM, Nov 14, 2009 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
About six weeks ago, as Obama was dithering over Afghanistan, I reported that he worried, at a meeting with congressional leaders, about the cost of sending reinforcements. And I wrote that "this particularly pathetic excuse for ducking his responsibility for doing the right thing in Afghanistan put me in mind of the brilliant, and mordant, 1969 Philip Larkin poem, â€˜Homage to A Government.'"
Well, Obama is still dithering, and the New York Times reports today that, according to senior administration officials, "http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/15/us/politics/15cost.html target=_blank>High Costs Weigh on Troop Debate for Afghan War." One definition of a classic is that it's always relevant, and Larkin's poem is a classic. So here it is again, in the hope that it might spur President Obama--who, we know, is something of a poetry lover--to act like the leader of a great nation.