Micromanagement vs. Grandstanding

On Saturday, May 31, 2014, President Obama announced the release of the only POW in the afghan conflict. It kind of looked like he was expecting to bolster his popularity by taking this action. When I see this kind of grandstanding I often wonder how much the credit taker had to do with the item he was taking credit for. It often crosses my mind to wonder if they even knew or understood the details of the event.

In this particular case, if President Obama did determine this one soldier’s return was important enough to make it a priority, did he also decide to violate a number of US policies in order to make it happen? Was he aware of the background of the soldier in question?

I don’t know the answer to these questions. But if Obama was as involved as he seemed to want the public to believe, then the situation makes me question his loyalties. The entire deal seems to favor the Taliban.

Micromanagement is when a leader is bogged down in every little detail, and thereby fails to move the organization forward. In my opinion if Obama was brokering this deal personally he was micromanaging. And if he was aware of all the details then that we are all aware of now, his choices were very questionable.

The other choice is, Obama wasn’t very involved, but tried to make political gain by stepping in at the last minute for the photo ops. But as the past few days have demonstrated grandstanding also has its risks.