WEST POINT, New York: Obama’s half-hearted speech last night drew a tepid response internationally and left many asking questions about the President’s resolve. German press giant Der Spiegel put it this way:
Never before has a speech by President Barack Obama felt as false as his Tuesday address announcing America’s new strategy for Afghanistan. It seemed like a campaign speech combined with Bush rhetoric — and left both dreamers and realists feeling distraught.
Just minutes before the president took the stage inside Eisenhower Hall, the gathered cadets were asked to respond “enthusiastically” to the speech. But it didn’t help: The soldiers’ reception was cool. One didn’t have to be a cadet on Tuesday to feel a bit of nausea upon hearing Obama’s speech. It was the least truthful address that he has ever held. He spoke of responsibility, but almost every sentence smelled of party tactics. Gabor Steingart, Der Speiegel
The President failed to sound a clear call to arms, instead calling for retreat in the very next sentence after he called for more troops: Read more…
FALLUJAH: You can murder, mutilate, and burn US citizens, then hang them up to dry from a bridge, that’s OK. But if you have your lip busted open by Navy SEALs while they are trying to bring you to justice, that’s not OK. In fact, we’ll try those SEALs and send them to jail. It’s not the Twilight Zone– you’re in the world of the Dems, you’re in ObamaLand.
Ahmed Hashim Abed, one of the most notorious terrorists in Iraq and the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004, has claimed his rights were violated when he was punched in the mouth by his Navy SEAL captors. William Busse, Examiner.com
AFGHANISTAN: Today we received a comment from a mother of one of our troops. She commented on our post regarding Obama’s Dithering Undermining US Troops. We know all patriotic Americans will want to read this mother’s comments and view her video letter to Pres. B. Hussein Obama.
MY name is Debbie and my son is a member in the 5th Stryker Brigade 1-17 ID fighting in Afghanistan. I can’t just sit here any longer while the extra troops they need are being pushed on the back burner. I created a YouTube video and I hope you can help by watching it and passing it along. We need to keep our Soldiers in the forefront and I don’t know how else to help them. Please help me and view this video immediately and pass it on. This comes straight from the heart of the mother of an American Soldier.
A Mothers’s Video Letter to President Obama:
Webmasters everywhere, put our McChrystal Clock on your web site (seen at right.) Get your code here. We need to pressure the administration to stop dithering.
WASHINGTON: It is now 72 days since the release of the McChrystal assessment dated August 30th. How long do we have to wait for Obama to answer McChrystal’s request for more troops? Apparently longer. White House aides seem to be indignant that anyone is even interested:
Angry at Monday’s CBS report (and the military sources who seem to be pushing it) that the President has already settled on an option that would send almost all the troops Gen. McChrystal has requested for Afghanistan, aides insist that Obama has not told anyone what he wants to do – and that he’s likely to continue to mull his options as he travels across Asia over the next 8 days. George Stephanopoulos, ABC News
GUEST OPINION:This comes from Timothy Swainhart, US Army, Retired
Over the past few months the Obama administration has been trying to figure out what policy change, if any, should be made in Afghanistan. My guess is that they will kick the ball down the road, neither greatly increasing the number nor reducing the number of troops. This is a huge mistake.
Afghanistan is a money pit, a “tar baby” and a no win conflict for the United States. We spend and have been spending billions of dollars fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thankfully, the Iraq war is winding down and US troops will be brought home from there within the next couple of years. In Afghanistan, a war that President Obama deemed a “good war” during the presidential campaign in 2008, there is little hope of bringing our troops home. Read more…
According to CBS News, General Stanley McChrystal originally wanted to request 50,000 more troops, but was “persuaded” to lower the request to 40,000. (McChrystal’s revised assessment here.)
Gen. Stanley McChrystal wanted to ask President Obama for 50,000 more troops for Afghanistan on top of the 68,000 already stationed there, but he was convinced to lower the request to 40,000, reports CBS News White House correspondent Chip Reid.
Sources tell Reid that McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, considers the lower number to be a firm bottom line McChrystal believes anything short of 40,000 increases the risk of failure, Reid reports. CBS News
Can you imagine George S. Patton being told by Roosevelt’s administration on how to run the desert campaign in North Africa during WWII? Maybe the planning of the invasion of North Africa would have gone something like this: Read more…
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