Obama’s Bay of Pigs Moment

‘No greater task faces this country or this administration,” he said. “No other challenge is more deserving of our every effort and energy.” Addressing a botched CIA raid into Cuba, Pres. John F. Kennedy turned a complete failure — one that symbolized an ineffective, declining America — into a bold aspiration, declaring his belief in America’s mandate to protect freedom at home and abroad.

President Obama must be tired of being told he could learn a thing or two from his predecessors, but he wears on as if he hasn’t learned a thing. Monday’s speech, in which he addressed the downgrade, had the ring of denial about it. America’s credit, dropping from AAA to AA+, was diminished. The moment called for frankness about what could — and should — be done.

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