Barack Obama has had General McCrystal’s report and request for more troops on his desk since August, 2009. It is approaching November.
Meanwhile, eight U.S. soldiers were killed on 10/27/09, driving the U.S. death toll to a record level for the third time in four months. Fifty-five U.S. soldiers were killed in October; fifty-one in August.
Obama declared Afghanistan a ‘war of necessity‘, the ‘right war’, and ordered 20,000 more troops to the battlefront. That decision was supposedly the outcome of his own review of strategy.
Since then Mr Obama’s chosen commander, Stanley McChrystal, has said that the Taliban is winning and is rumoured to have asked for as many as 80,000 extra troops, with 40,000 as a compromise. Suddenly the White House is rethinking “necessity”. The strategy adopted just six months ago – an adequately resourced counter-insurgency – is again under review.
Why would Obama ‘compromise’ on the soldiers needed to fight a ‘war of necessity’? Does a ‘compromise’ indicate a lack of strategic or substantive thinking, a deliberate plan to demoralize the military and Americans (like Vietnam), or its it the audacity cowardice of voting ‘present’ ?
The Strategy Revealed?
Looking back at Obama’s actions since January, and with knowledge of his background seeped in socialism and anti-Americanism, I cannot conclude that Obama has positive objectives for our military, or America, in Afghanistan. In fact, I believe he is using Afghanistan against America and as a vehicle to force chaos and instability. It is the Alinsky way, after all, just on the foreign policy level.
The act of withholding funds, troops, material, logistical support, and food from our troops is a pretty big one-fingered non-salute. The refusal to make strategic decisions forces repositioning on the field, giving the impression of, and in some cases necessitating, surrender withdrawal.
Those delays, especially in decision-making, cost lives. And when more lives begin to be lost, Americans start questioning our involvement there. It becomes demoralizing for our soldiers, their families, Americans, and America, and the opportunity for intelligent assessment is lost. In the meantime, chaos grows…but the Bush blame game excuse is wearing thin. Don’t forget who Obama seems to be working for.
You know what is even more scary? I believe Obama knows this and digs it–the power to send men off to die, to humiliate, to degrade us. Take a look at this frightening picture, and read the article. Remember how Obama looked when he killed the fly on national television? He looks just like that when addressing our soldiers. And who can forget the ‘blood camoflauge‘ cocktail dress worn by Michelle Obama to the funeral for a Medal of Honor recipient? What are they telegraphing?
This is a new definition of transparency: Obama actually wants America to lose. He’s telegraphing it. And what better way to show he doesn’t care than to vote ‘present’?
The newest excuse for delay, advanced last week by Rahm Emanuel, White House chief of staff, is that deciding anything would be improper until the US has a legitimate partner in Kabul. This is puzzling. If the US commitment to Afghanistan was conditional on the outcome of a fair election, why did the US and its allies not ensure the vote was clean? The scale of fraud was staggering. The US saw it happening and did nothing.
In any event, Mr Emanuel’s view on the need for delay was instantly contradicted by Robert Gates, defense secretary. The administration’s new strategy cannot wait for a fully legitimate government, he said. Whatever the outcome of the run-off election on November 7, it is not going to persuade Afghans to trust their government. If it goes well, he said, it is just one small step in the right direction. The US has to choose a strategy “in the context of that evolutionary process”.
Week by week, the administration’s muddle makes everything harder. What a godsend for the Taliban. In his speech in London this month, General McChrystal said, “Uncertainty disheartens our allies, emboldens our foe.” After months of wrestling with this problem, uncertainty is all the White House has got.
Sadly for America and our soldiers out in the field, ‘uncertainty’ is Obama’s strategy. He’s spinning it as ‘deliberative thought’. But just ask yourself who benefits from this delay? Certainly not America.
Starting penalty for voting ‘present’ ? No discounts.