President Obama will be using the window dressing of the United States Military tonight as he delivers his post dither Afghanistan speech. Ralph Peters writes what I have been thinking.

In the art-auction world, the trick to selling a bad painting is to put it in a terrific frame. That’s the logic behind President Obama’s West Point speech tonight.

Condemned by his own vacillation to sketching a picture repulsive to multiple constituencies, Obama will use the impressive frame of West Point to lend his remarks an illusion of glorious leadership.

The event will be impressive: The US Military Academy does pomp and circumstance well. The cadets will be immaculate and perfectly behaved, applauding on cue (no Joe Wilson “You lie!” shout-outs from this hyper-disciplined bunch).

For Barack Obama to use the hallowed halls of West Point as cover for his political use of the military is disgusting but not surprising considering his long distaste for the military.

Still, he should be careful. Cadets have a very busy life and if Obama’s speech is not sterling and inspiring there could be some heads dropping. Vice President Al Gore delivered a speech at West Point when my son was a cadet. He was seated along with some other cadets in his company directly behind Gore. Right in view of the cameras. Gore put him to sleep. Right in view of the cameras.

The Naval Academy was caught recently choosing diversity over merit when they replaced two white male cadets with two female cadets in a color guard that performed at the World Series. Will West Point follow the diversity rule in placement of the cadets who will sit behind Obama? Or will they even take that chance? Cadets do get sleepy.

Another possible big problem Obama could have at West Point? What will he say about the upcoming Army Navy game? It’s coming up December 12th in Philadelphia. I’m surprised that Obama’s handlers haven’t taken that into consideration. I predict he will be neither for or against Army.

Would Obama ever utter those famous four words: Go Army! Beat Navy!

Nah.
He can’t be bothered.