He also could blame the downturn on the vacillation of authorities—and politics.
Paul Krugman of The New York Times is convinced that the president's weakness and vacillation are to blame.
At the Pentagon, which bears the brunt of much of this hesitation and vacillation, the mood is one of not-so-quiet desperation.
c.1400, from Latin vacillationem (nominative vacillatio) "a reeling, wavering," noun of action from past participle stem of vacillare "sway to and fro." Originally in reference to opinion or conduct; literal sense is recorded from 1630s.