Another vote for Lincoln. Especially for the speechmaking. Nothing Reagan did can even come close to what Lincoln could say (although I suspect many people on this board listened to Reagan personally, while Lincoln is confined to history texts). FDR would have been another good choice, due to his diplomatic skills, as well as an ability to inspire the people.
TR would have tried to annex Afghanistan, yes. It would be a fairly straightforward solution, at least <grin>. Clinton would have been good as well… no matter what else you think about the guy, he was a master politician in all arenas.
I would give my vote to FDR. He had the ability to kick ass while assuring the American public that everything was all right. Of course, there was less media pressure back in WWII and people tended to trust the government and the military more, but I still think that FDR would be the right man for the job.
God, not Reagan! He’d probably lob a nuke or two around!!!
I’d have to say FDR or Clinton. And I know I’m gonna get shouted down, but Carter. Just because his personal character is above reproach. He’d do the right thing-not necessarily the popular thing-whatever that may be.
Seriously, as a Reagan lover, I still must disgaree with him. The first week of the crisis I thought that as well, but stepping back, I think he may be a little too heavy handed to solidify a coalition. FDR comes to mind.
More and more I see, I am pretty comfortable with Bush. He’s a decent man who’ll listen to his A-list advisers and make a solid choice.
I suppose if he could be halted from spreading the war to Tajikistan, Nixon would be interesting. I don’t think Clinton would do anything at all unless we found some way to have Monica to be deposed before congress again (are there any aspirin factories in Afghanistan?). But I’ll cast my vote for a man with experience not only in military leadership, but also military politics, Ike Eisenhower.
For the military aspect I think it’d have to be someone from the last twenty years or so, since this is definitely not going to be conventional warfare. Someone like Lincoln or Washington would be amazed that the planes got in the air in the first place. That said, we could definitely use some “fireside chat” type of rhetoric, so I’d pick FDR for rallying the public.
As for the actual commander-in-chief stuff, I would pick Clinton, since he’s actually got experience in going after bin Laden. Though he’d have a hard time in getting the extremists on both sides to back him, plus he’d probably be too afraid to upset coalition partners. Bush Sr. would be the best as far as cabinet strength goes.
For my fourth pick I’ll go with Corey Dillon, I think the Bengals are gonna collapse after week 6, but he should still run up some good stats.