Never mind that fascists and communists are at opposite ends of the political spectrum, those who hurl these words like curses at the president diminish their value much like the overuse of the F-word diminishes its worth.
From a political standpoint, the Tea Party extremists are a godsend for Democratic politicians, since they offer up candidates like Rand Paul, who are the poster children for regressive, even racist, political ideologies.
We Americans harbor a quaint belief that a new president takes charge of a government that eagerly awaits his next command. But that's not how things work at the top, especially where "national security" is concerned.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russians began taking down their statues of Josef Stalin. Astonishingly, in America, the National D-Day Memorial is now placing his bust on a pedestal at its museum in Bedford, VA.
If Barack Obama were truly seeking to apply Eisenhower's wisdom, he would need to examine whether his Afghan plan is not the very kind of "spectacular and costly action" against which Eisenhower once warned.