When it comes to President Barack Obama's long-awaited decision to send more troops to Afghanistan, there are three main points to consider: the decision itself, the manner in which he made it, and the way in which he sold it.
He could not, in the end, have decided on a very different course of action. Having replaced the previous commander in Afghanistan with one of the outstanding soldiers of this generation, how could he deny Gen. Stanley McChrystal's request for some 40,000 troops? To do so would tell the world that Mr. Obama had no confidence in his new commander, a tried veteran of our post 9/11 wars.
However, the White House's decision to send only 30,000 troops, while calling upon our allies for thousands more—perhaps as many as 10,000—makes little sense. The Europeans have repeatedly revealed their aversion to combat. Only accounting tricks will let the administration claim that they have met these targets, and then only by bringing in inferior forces mostly constrained from real fighting by anxious governments. Should the scheme fail altogether, add one more to a list of occasions upon which America's allies have stiffed this president with impunity.
Moreover, the president's protracted deliberations about the war undermined his chosen course of action. On March 27, he proclaimed "a comprehensive, new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan." But when Gen. McChrystal presented the manpower bill for the strategy, it seemed to all the world that the president and his advisers got a bad case of nerves. [...]
Good job, Czarboe. He is, in fact, an ASSHAT! Let's just placate all there is to placate and piss everybody off! Good job. Moron. And, about that Afghanistan corruption thing.
What does ACORN have to do with voter fraud? What does ACORN have to do with bribing college students for votes? How many ACORNers are either on trial or going to jail for voter fraud in this Nation and for howe long has this been going on?
President Obama, who with his latest troop moves has taken ownership of the 8-year-old war in Afghanistan, has based at least part of his ongoing support on the government there erasing corruption as a condition for such expensive American aid.
Good luck with that.
Obama -- remember, he's out of the Chicago Democratic political machine -- cited corruption in his March troop-surge speech. We then had the presidential election fraud over there. Obama cited the Afghan corruption problem again last night in his address to Army cadets at West Point. (See link below).
Those words will no doubt give a real heart attack to Afghanistan's thriving opium business.
Now comes Zbigniew Brzezinski, an outspoken fellow Democrat and former White House national security adviser, to remind Obama -- and us -- that we have some mustard on our chin too.
Brzezinski tells Sam Stein over on HuffPo:
[...] Who are we to seriously be preaching [such] a crusade? We have a financial sector that is voraciously greedy and exploitative, to put it mildly.
We have a Congress which is not immune to special interests. And we have an electoral system that is based largely on private donations which precipitate expectations of rewards.
The notion of us going to the Afghans and preaching purity is comical... I think we should just quit that stuff. [...]
Americans, of course, hate hypocrisy -- by everyone else. It is, for instance, just terrible corruption in Afghanistan when someone must slip extra currency under the counter for government services or to drive safely on an isolated public country road.
However, business people and lawyers handing over $30,400 to Democratic President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco back on Oct. 16 seems just hunky-dory because it's allegedly to have "dinner" with them and has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with assuring returned phone calls and access to party officials and elected members later. [...]
It is pretty nice for democrats to be talking about our own corruption in this Nation. The bribes going on within our defective Congress is atrocious and the bribery is rampant, especially among those that claim corruption elsewhere in the world. And, we cannot let the republicans get away with it either. Why? Because they do the same thing...bribes for votes. Since when is this in the United States Constitution?
American Congress Critters. Be gone with all of you!
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