I want to point out one thing about what Obama had said when he talked about “the long years of drift.” There is something truly disgusting about the way he cannot refrain from attacking Bush when he’s being defensive about himself. I mean, it’s beyond disgraceful here. He won election a year ago. He became the Commander [in] Chief two months later. He announced his own strategy — not the Bush strategy, his strategy — six months ago, and it wasn’t off-handed, it was in a major address, with the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State standing with him. And now he’s still talking about “the drift” in the Bush years. What’s happening today is not a result of the drift, so-called, of the Bush years, it’s because of the drift in his years. It’s because of the flaws in his own strategy, which is what he is know reexamining. He has every right as Commander in Chief to reexamine his own strategy. But he ought to be honest, forthright, and courageous enough as a president to simply say, I’m rethinking the strategy I adopted six months ago and not once again, childlike, attack his predecessor.
— Charles Krauthammer