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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

PRESIDENT OBAMA TAKING OVER THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN: GOOD LUCK WITH THAT

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.

We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."

--President Eisenhower's
farewell address to the nation, January 17, 1961
"...this system of waste and private profit from public funds...which, when you think about it, is what these wars, the stock market and health care all have in common."
--U.S. officer quoted in Truthdig, November 9
Listen up. The Prez has decided to provide his General McChristal the troops he wants to "win the war in Afghanistan," although he didn't define to the Daddy's satisfaction what the hell winning would look like in a country with few Al Queda people there, with a dusty, mountainous country, with a complex tribal system which acts as its own government, with a lucrative drug economy (heroin), and a government corrupt to the bone.

Whatever winning means to McChrystal and his horde of leaders on the ground, what it will mean to us back here are four things:

1. The war in Afghanistan is the Prez's war now. No longer can he blame it on his predecessor. Sure, Bush made the blunder of getting us there with only about 12,000 troops to train Afghanistan army and to look for Osama Ben Laden, who, it was believed, was still in the area trying to escape to Pakistan. But Bush never cared about Afghanistan. His sights were on Iraq.
2. In making the decision to send additional soldiers to Afghanistan, The Prez is making a long-term commitment of 10 years or more. We'll be there a long time.
3. With this long-term commitment will come increased numbers of U.S. casualties, increased funding to run this war, funding the U. S. no longer has, and a significant lowering of The Prez's popularity. No, this low popularity will have nothing to do with race but policy, which is just as it should be. It's a poor decision of historic proportion; and, as Americans soldiers's death rise and this drawn-out war rages with few improvements, he will deserve all the criticism he gets.

Welcome to the real world, Prez. This real world consists of the one you inherited and the one you have made. Good Luck with that.

Do you feel The Prez's decision to send a significant number of troops to Afghanistan, raising our level there to as much as 100,000 is a good idea?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

What you said is dead on. Obama is way off track.
The majority of citizens want out asap. Who is he listening to? Who has convinced him to pursue this
foolish course? This could doom his presidency.

SagaciousHillbilly said...

No, it is NOT a good idea.
Sometimes i wonder what he is thinking and why democrats continue to placate the right with stupid stuff like this.

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Stimpson said...

What you said, MacDaddy. Terrible move. I can hardly wait for my country's withdrawal in 2011.

Kit (Keep It Trill) said...

He said repeatedly during his campaign he would do this. I don't why people act surprised now.

Here's some interesting history:

From March 2002 -
http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHI203A.html