…in the airplane at Dover Air Force base. (via memeorandum.)

Lefty bloggers snark that “…Count on some right-winger to carry on about the president ‘exploiting’ the tragedy and the families of the dead…” Well, yes. WoofWoof even points out that “Mr. Bush … never went to Dover, preferring to meet with the families in private.” That is, after all, the difference between “photo op” and “compassion”, and it’s easy to tell which is which.

Jazz Shaw at the Moderate(ly liberal) Voice gives the man credit: “The President is in the midst of wrestling with a very important decision regarding our future course in Afghanistan, and this is one aspect of that weighty choice which should never be far from his mind.” That’s certainly a possible interpretation, but given the background and previous actions of Obama and his Administration, not the most probable one.

The Mudville Gazette gets it right:

How to turn the situation around? Some say more troops, some say change strategy, others say withdraw – but someone in the White House got the bright idea that now would be a good time for a photo op.

Yup. The central fact here is that Teh Dear Leader has no idea how to do anything at all except campaign. It’s not just a photo op, it’s a campaign photo op. What the Hell is this man running for now?

Serr8d at Protein Wisdom smells a policy shift in the wind, and quotes Senator Durbin: “Escalation of this war is not the change the American people called for in the last election.” It’s not a shift, guy. It’s the policy being made apparent.

Think Progress refers to Bloomberg, who notes that the family of the soldier whose casket was front and center consented to the coverage. Good to know they at least asked, isn’t it?

No, it isn’t. There’s nothing good about the whole thing.

The MSM has been lusting for years for access to Dover, where the bodies of slain servicemen are returned to their native soil in solemn ceremony. What they want, of course, is to turn it into a circus, and to be able to feature a continuous stream of coffins every night on Teh News, with lugubrious commentary to the effect that These Valued Dead Have Given Their Lives In Vain to support American Imperialism! This is the thin edge of that wedge.

It’s a fact that the U.S. military is unlikely to be defeated in the field by any currently-credible entity, although defeat or at least loss in any particular battle is always possible. Fortunately for our enemies, it isn’t necessary to defeat the U.S. military. All you have to do to win is wait until a Democrat is elected, whereupon the Americans run like rabbits.