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The 'Hannity Doctrine'

As Matt Lewis of the Daily Caller writes below, is there a hypocrisy of Democrats only supporting war or military action if done by a Democratic leader, while scathing decisions of a Republican one and vice versa?
Matt notes in his article below, and Sean discusses in the above audio clip, that the ‘Hannity Doctrine’ has another element than simply following party lines.

Sean asserts that we the people “hire a president to execute with competence a war we are involved in,” that it’s a responsibility a president “cannot escape; and if he’s not up to the basic task of managing a war, or won’t even call it a war, then he shouldn’t get us into it.”

How can the world have confidence in a president’s actions when his administration not only gives conflicting reports, but also seems to be unsure as to when, whether or not, and to what extent to get involved in a highly aggressive and dangerous situation? One which may result in consequences that drastically affect the well-being of the United States.

And so, Sean tells President Obama that if the war is “done with the right initiative, the right objective, it could be justified” which describes the ‘Hannity Doctrine.’ But in this particular case with this particular president, Sean does “not have confidence.” He does not think Obama “has the stomach, moral or political, to follow it through,” therefore “if the war turns out right it will be in spite of, not because of, Obama.”

The Hannity Doctrine (Why It Makes Sense)
Matt Lewis | The Daily Caller

Two questions have plagued me lately: How many Democrats who support the no-fly-zone in Libya would oppose it if Bush were president? And how many Republicans who oppose it now would have supported it if Bush were president? (In both instances, my guess is, quite a few.)

In some cases, of course, this is rank hypocrisy and pure partisan politics. On the other hand, there is a certain logic to such a double standard — especially if you sincerely doubt whether or not your political adversaries are competent. (After all, it might be a good idea to call a certain play when you have your starting quarterback on the field, but that same play might be a very bad idea if you lack confidence in his replacement.)

Sean Hannity has been arguably the most coherent voice articulating what, I think, is the most honorable and defensible argument in favor of this position.

“I don’t have confidence in [Obama]” … “His policy is incoherent,” Hannity recently explained to Sen. John McCain on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

Obama “doesn’t have the political and moral courage to do it right,” Hannity added.

McCain, who — like him or not — has been consistent in supporting intervention regardless of who is in the Oval Office, agreed, admitting: “It is incoherent when you say, ‘Gaddafi must go’ and then say ‘the mission is only there for humanitarian purposes.”

Clearly, the president has bungled the communications part of this. The American people aren’t clear on the goal, or on what defines “success.” Even the biggest hawk may be hesitant to engage in war under those circumstances. My guess is there are a lot of patriotic Americans who, whether they can espouse it, or not, essentially subscribe to The Hannity Doctrine.

Tonight, of course, President Obama will have the opportunity to change that narrative. Let’s see if he changes some minds …

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