I believe, as does Der Spiegel, that Obama doesn’t really mean what he says about Afghanistan:
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. He demanded sacrifice, but he was unable to say what it was for exactly.
The American president doesn’t need any opponents at the moment. He’s already got himself.
Though not a fan of Der Spiegel, I think they have this one right. In trying to find some modicum of “hope” in Obama’s campaign trail-like rhetoric, all I came up with was a terrible speech full of lies, half-truths, emptiness and half-heartedness. He really doesn’t want to deal with a war when there’s so much to be done, still, with his domestic agenda. For all the talk about security and a strong America, what Obama really wants (and has wanted all along) is to get OUT of the warfighting business all together and settle in to the Federal takeover of America’s private sector.
Our crossroad in Afghanistan today is much like the one we faced during pre-surge Iraq: cut and run, or dig in and fight. Our soldiers deserved our support back then, and they got it from right-minded Americans who (then and now) believe we must do everything in our power to stand behind our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines. The only thing we can do now, as McCain, Gingrich, Rove, and others have pointed out is to support the President because he holds the lives of our soldiers in his hands. Obama is, after all, sending the support requested of him by those responsible for assessing and reacting to “conditions on the ground” and he has promised to allow “conditions on the ground” to dictate how they will be best utilized. I disagree with the idea that we can assure our enemies of our resolve by telling them we’ll be out just as quick as we come in, but I’m going all in with people like Pete Hegseth, and the Vets For Freedom:
“President Obama’s speech last night announcing additional troops and a robust strategy in Afghanistan is welcome and emboldening news for troops fighting on the front lines, and Vets for Freedom wholeheartedly supports this strong move. The President’s decision to follow General Stanley McChrystal’s recommendation for additional Soldiers and Marines will give the United States the chance to turn around the war in Afghanistan, and deny safe havens to America’s enemies. In the face of strong political pressure from all sides, President Obama listened to the recommendation of his commanders—all of which, McChrystal and Petraeus most importantly—believe they can execute a successful strategy on the ground with the troops the President is providing.
It is now incumbent upon both Democrats and Republicans to avoid making Afghanistan a political football. This war is neither President Obama’s, nor President Bush’s; this is America’s war—and we must all rally together to support its success. Additionally, we urge the President to continue making the case to the American people that this is a war worth fighting, and a war we must win. American public opinion will reflect forthcoming successes on the ground, provided the President is robust and frequent in his rhetorical support for the rightness of the mission.
We are disappointed by the President’s mention of a timetable in Afghanistan, however he also said conditions on the ground would be a strong factor in determining the pace and scope of such a drawdown. Once again, we urge the President to heed the advice of his war-fighters, and believe he will.
We applaud the President for listening to the commanders on the ground, giving them what they need, and urge him to now give them time needed to create success in Afghanistan. And we now look forward to working with him to ensure the mission is successful.”
Let us pray that Obama keeps his promises and the warfighters will be given what they need to get this done…and done right. While hard-pressed to find anything about this President I can honestly support, I steadfastly line up behind anything he might do that will help our Soldiers succeed in their mission and come home safely when the fighting is done.