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Obama’s Afghanistan Speech Short on Hope & Change

I will admit that I was only able to stomach about three-fourths of Obama’s speech before switching to something that didn’t involve me yelling at my TV. It pained me to watch our best and brightest young soldiers fidgeting, dozing, and looking disgusted as their Commander-in-Chief determined their fate to fulfill his own political agenda while trying to please everyone. It was clear that these cadets were told to offer respect, and applaud when necessary; and they did. One also need not be a mind reader to determine only from the looks on their faces that they were thinking that they had no faith in this leader that they had to follow into battle.

For Obama, it was clear that his disdain for the United States Military showed through his forced words of patriotism and revenge against the people who attacked us. It was only about 30 seconds into his speech when he again reminded us of the wonderful, peaceful religion of Islam, one of the “world’s great religions” as he loves to say to appease our enemies who were also no doubt watching. He began his speech by giving a history lesson of the 9/11 attacks to the very people who study military history. For Obama there was a bit of revisionist history as well. He did say that he opposed the Iraq war, but now takes credit for the surge and the withdrawal of troops. Does he honestly believe that we will not remember his and the Democrat party’s efforts to undermine our troops and call them war criminals every step of the way? Those cadets remember, and could no doubt see through his efforts to erase the history of his party politics. Obama fought the surge tooth and nail, and when it was clear in the end that it was successful, could barely bring himself to admit it.

His tactic of sending 30,000 troops in the beginning of 2010, and his announcement that he will withdraw them in July of 2011 is another reminder of his inexperience and lack of any tactical knowledge of our history of military engagement. Why would he announce that we will be leaving on a certain date? Does he not believe that the enemy will just return in August of 2011 as soon as we leave? Does a quarterback let the opposing team know which play he is calling prior to the snap? Do the police announce the date and time of their next drug bust? He just announced the dates of our surge and withdrawal of troops. He also let the enemy know where and how we will deploy. In my opinion, he just broke his sworn oath to protect our country from enemies both foreign and domestic. Why would he disclose this information on national television, while preempting a “Charlie Brown Christmas,” by the way? And why the interesting timing of the withdrawal of troops in July of 2011? Is it because that’s when his re-election campaign goes into full gear? Make no mistake; everything this president does is through the lens of political tactics. He needs to appease the hawks and the doves, the American people and the nations of the world, and his far-left fringe base who will be vocal in their opposition, but still support him when they see him withdrawing troops just in time for the campaign.

The other thing that bothered me was his talk of the cost of the war from a financial perspective. How dare he place a monetary cost on these soldier’s lives and our freedom. What does freedom cost Mr. Obama? Does it cost more than a pork filled bill with over 9,000 earmarks in the guise of a stimulus? Does it cost more than the takeover of banks, insurance companies, automobile companies, and mortgage institutions? Does it cost more than a phony cap & trade bill or the cost to fly your fleet of jets to Oslo to pick up your Nobel Peace Prize? I cannot recall one president in the history of our nation who has increased our spending, raised the deficit to unheard of amounts, and took so much control of every aspect of our lives, only to address our national security by attaching a price tag to it. You are not worthy of this high office sir, and your leadership of this country has put us on unstable footing in the world. You have weakened both our image and our strength and will be a one-term president because of your actions. I can only hope and pray for that kind of change.

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Now Obama even has England mad at him. How terrible do you have to be to get Britain on your bad side?

It now looks like our Ditherer in Chief has Britain’s ire up as Obama’s stalling on a decision has caused the people of England to not support the war any longer. It has been close to 100 days since General McChrystal gave his plan to the president which has gone largely ignored. This is irresponsible and borders on not protecting our county from enemies both foreign and domestic. Of course the O-man is using the lead-up to next Tuesday’s announcement as a way to make it all about himself and tie healthcare into it somehow. I would think after waiting this long that the strategy would need to be changed again. I don’t know about you, but having a weakling for a Commander-in-Chief is not comfortable.

The Defence Secretary's blunt remarks about the US threaten to strain further a transatlantic relationship

Bob Ainsworth criticises Barack Obama over Afghanistan

Bob Ainsworth, the defence secretary, has blamed Barack Obama and the United States for the decline in British public support for the war in Afghanistan.

Mr Ainsworth took the unprecedented step of publicly criticising the US President and his delays in sending more troops to bolster the mission against the Taliban.

A “period of hiatus” in Washington – and a lack of clear direction – had made it harder for ministers to persuade the British public to go on backing the Afghan mission in the face of a rising death toll, he said.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/defence/6646179/Bob-Ainsworth-criticises-Barack-Obama-over-Afghanistan.html

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This just in…I guess…US ‘to send 34,000 more troops to Afghanistan’

Well, well, well. Our Ditherer in Chief is set to finally make the announcement on his decision in a prime time address to the nation next Tuesday evening. This can only mean one thing; it will pre-empt the “V” episode that I planned on watching. You can read below what the supposed plans are, but I’m not holding my breath. Anything Obama does these days is to wiggle the poll numbers in order to pass healthcare. Don’t believe me? stand by and see when they plan on voting for the bill and the timing of his announcement. Nothing this president does is genuine…except the destruction of our great nation, of course.

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Barack Obama is expected to send 34,000 more US troops to Afghanistan when he unveils his long-awaited strategy for the Afghan conflict next Tuesday, US media reports said today.

The Politico website said the US president would make a prime time address to the American people to announce his plans for what he has described as “a war of necessity”.

Just as significant as the number of troops, however, will be pointers to a US exit strategy – something that will be closely watched by the British government, which is under public pressure to withdraw 9,000 UK troops from Afghanistan.

The McClatchy news service reported that the White House plan contained “off-ramps” – points, starting as early as next June, at which Obama could decide to continue to increase troop numbers, halt deployments and adopt a more limited strategy or “begin looking very quickly at exiting”, depending on political and military progress.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/24/barack-obama-us-troops-afghanistan

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“You guys make a pretty good photo op,” – President Obama to the troops

Yes, that is what he actually said. He also “got a huge cheer when he told them he was increasing military pay. “That’s what you call an applause line,” he said, before boarding his jet and taking off at 4:11 p.m.” If you want someone’s support, you pay them off. Don’t get me wrong, I believe our excellent military should be paid very well for what they do, but Obama has contempt for our military. He is still dithering on his decision to send more troops per General McChrystal until after Thanksgiving. To this president, it is all about the photo opp or bribing people to get on board with his agenda.

SEOUL — President Barack Obama will not announce his decision on sending more troops to Afghanistan before the Thanksgiving holiday, senior aides said on Thursday.

The news came as the president greeted 1,500 troops at Osan Air Base in South Korea, just before boarding Air Force One and heading back to Washington after an eight-day Asia trip.

Obama and his top military and diplomatic aides have been deliberating for months over how to proceed in Afghanistan, where the United States and its partners have sought for eight years to defeat the Taliban and deny al-Qaeda a safe haven from which it can plan and launch attacks.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/19/AR2009111900904_pf.html

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FOX News Panel — Charles Krauthammer Says Barack Obama’s Attacks On Bush are “Disgusting”

Charles Krauthammer says it best. Obama is child-like and needs to stop saying the buck stops somewhere else. Even though, according to the White House Fox is not a news organization, watch the video anyway.

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NATO Ministers Endorse Wider Afghan Effort

While more Americans are being killed everyday, NATO Defence Ministers endorsed General McChrystal’s plan to increase the troop levels. In other news carried by the mainstream media, President Obama played golf with a woman today. Listen to your Generals Mr. President and stop playing politics with our lives.

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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates spoke with Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal at a meeting on Friday in Bratislava, Slovakia.

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Defense ministers from NATO on Friday endorsed the ambitious counterinsurgency strategy for Afghanistan proposed by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, giving new impetus to his recommendation to pour more troops into the eight-year-old war.

General McChrystal, the senior American and allied commander in Afghanistan, made an unannounced appearance here on Friday to brief the defense ministers on his strategic review of a war in which the American-led campaign has lost momentum to a tenacious Taliban insurgency.

“What we did today was to discuss General McChrystal’s overall assessment, his overall approach, and I have noted a broad support from all ministers of this overall counterinsurgency approach,” said NATO’s secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/24/world/europe/24nato.html?_r=1

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