Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Regardless, it would do him well to heed President Lincoln's phrase,
"You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."
To paraphrase it, you can please some of the people some of the time; some of the people all of the time; but you cannot please all the people all the time. Seems as though President O is trying the latter and he will fail miserably and take far too many troops and Americans with him. In less than one year, he has done more damage to the planet than anyone else. This speech is just pathetic.
Disclosure, we have a son in the Army.
KING ADDS (12/2): I don't think the speech was pathetic. Many have noted that the speech does not contain the words 'win' or 'victory' or reference to the evils of al Qaeda. That really wasn't what I was looking for. Last August there was a story from Iowa of a congressman saying he heard the president say he'd be willing to be a one-term president in return for passing health care reform. Asked about the comment, Robert Gibbs included Afghanistan on a list of things "he'd be comfortable with" meaning he would only be four years into.
Now, I've heard the president talk frequently about health care. Regardless of what you think of the policy particulars, I think there is little doubt of the passion the president has for that part of his agenda. What I wanted to hear last night was that same level of passion. Does President Obama care as much about Afghanistan or Iraq as he does health care reform? I wish he would care more about the war than his domestic agenda; I really don't agree with the latter. But that decision got made in November 2008. What I want to know is if I can count on him to do what he thinks is the right thing regardless of the consequences for his political future.
Read or see and decide for yourself. Compare it to the video of his health care plan. My opinion is no, but yours can be different. Here's just one thing to ask yourself: It appears that $30 billion a year matters to the President when it comes to Afghanistan. If he needed an extra $30 billion a year for health care reform, do you think he would change his mind?
JANET ADDS (12/2): Some in the comments misinterpret my original post. I am not at all opposed to sending more troops; in fact, I would have preferred meetingGen. McChrystal's full request for 40,000. My disappointment is with the tepid and flat speech itself, including the emphasis on leaving rather than on winning. That's not the right way to ask our soldiers to put their lives at risk.