And why not? There's no political risk to him.
So what if guys like Democrats Sen. Joe Manchin and Congressman Nick Rahall of West Virginia get hung out to dry?
Manchin should be particularly miffed.
The senator has taken enormous heat from his home state for his lead role in a gun control measure that would have helped Obama - only to have the president drop the coal industry down an abandoned mine shaft.
Conservative political commentator Chris Stirewalt of Fox News says Obama's plan is for America to take the moral high ground on climate change for the rest of the world to follow.
But as Stirewalt points out, it doesn't seem to matter that Americans will end up paying more for their energy while the rest of the world is buying and burning coal at a record pace.
By the time energy prices rise and we realize that the world's carbon footprint is little changed by America's green lean, Obama will be long gone.
"As it turns out, the world doesn't much care about America's footprint," Stirewalt writes.
"For most of the planet's 7 billion residents, the question is how they are living, not what the United States is emitting."
No military metaphor is necessary to understand the direction we're headed.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.