Washington Post: McChrystal's plan for Afghanistan war remains largely intact
When he finishes testifying on Capitol Hill this week, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, will return to Kabul to implement a war strategy that is largely unchanged after a three-month-long White House review of the conflict. [...]
There's one thing about our Generals in the field....when they want 30,000 Troops for steadfast plans and obligations, they always double the requirements. That way, when they get 30,000 Troops out of the 60,000 asked for, that's a good deal.
If there's anyone who knows how to defeat an insurgency it's this man, not Obama, or Harry Reid or San Fran Skank Pelosi and yesterday he talked about Afghanistan with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday... [...]
Generals Petraeus and McChrystal actually know what's going on because all Obama is is a community organizer and he really sucked at that. So, Last Call on Obama’s Afghan Speech: The Right hated it, the left hated it and the Europeans hated it!. I have reported on this before and the post is lost in the plethoras of posts since the West Point debacle. I tried to live blog it but the errors within after the first 14 minutes were too numerous to write out...it was one gaffe after another.
President Barack Obama’s Tuesday speech left a bad taste in many mouths.
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.
One can hardly blame the West Point leadership. The academy commanders did their best to ensure that Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama’s speech would be well-received.
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. He demanded sacrifice, but he was unable to say what it was for exactly.
An additional 30,000 US soldiers are to march into Afghanistan — and then they will march right back out again. America is going to war — and from there it will continue ahead to peace. It was the speech of a Nobel War Prize laureate. [...]
Obama’s Magic No Longer Works
But in this case, the public was more disturbed than entertained. Indeed, one could see the phenomenon in a number of places in recent weeks: Obama’s magic no longer works. The allure of his words has grown weaker.
It is not he himself who has changed, but rather the benchmark used to evaluate him. For a president, the unit of measurement is real life. A leader is seen by citizens through the prism of their lives — their job, their household budget, where they live and suffer. And, in the case of the war on terror, where they sometimes die.
Political dreams and yearnings for the future belong elsewhere. That was where the political charmer Obama was able to successfully capture the imaginations of millions of voters. It is a place where campaigners — particularly those with a talent for oration — are fond of taking refuge. It is also where Obama set up his campaign headquarters, in an enormous tent called “Hope.”
In his speech on America’s new Afghanistan strategy, Obama tried to speak to both places. It was two speeches in one. That is why it felt so false. Both dreamers and realists were left feeling distraught.
The American president doesn’t need any opponents at the moment. He’s already got himself.
And that was Der Spiegel. Kind of sad when a German newspaper has lost its OOMPH for Obama, eh? Only the Taliban and the rest of the murderous terrorists liked what Obama said. Obama has no clue.
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Well, first things first on this. Obama is an ASSHAT. Other than that he is jusy OK fine being an idiot. Or, we can just listen to the other unconstitutional asshat Hillary...