On CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” former NSA director Gen. Michael Hayden expanded on his comment to U.S. News and World Report that “The reliance on air power has all of the attraction of casual sex: It seems to offer gratification but with very little commitment.”
Airstrikes lack commitment, Hayden explained, while America’s allies and enemies demand more.
While President Obama’s primetime address to the nation Wednesday night was intended for the American public, “there are other audiences – our allies and our enemies. They view that as limiting our commitment to this enterprise … (and) limited enthusiasm on the part of our allies to take up the role we said we would refuse to do,” said Hayden.
So, is “casual sex” a valid metaphor for airstrikes? Yes or no?
Video of the interview is available at CNN.