By Charles KrauthammerI love that I am on the same page as this guy. We even used the same allusion. I think this is worth reading. Check it out.WASHINGTON — We shall fight in the air, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields, we shall fight in the hills — for 18 months. Then we start packing for home. We shall never surrender — unless the war gets too expensive, in which case, we shall quote Eisenhower on “the need to maintain balance in and among national programs” and then insist that “we can’t simply afford to ignore the price of these wars.”
By Barack Obama United States Military Academy at West Point Good evening. To the United States Corps of Cadets, to the men and women of our armed services, and to my fellow Americans: I want to speak to you tonight about our effort in Afghanistan - the nature of our commitment there, the scope of our interests, and the strategy that my Administration will pursue to bring this war to a successful conclusion. It is an honor for me to do so here - at West Point - where so many men and women have prepared to stand up for our security, and to represent what is finest about our country. Receive news alerts Sign Up Barack Obama RealClearPolitics Iraq Afghanistan Pakistan al-Qaeda Taliban United States Corps of Cadets America Washington [+] More To address these issues, it is important to recall why America Read more
Saint Paul asked that question 1950 years ago and it is still relevant. Is the administration looking to win victory or placate critics? Is the ruling regime looking for a way to get home or a way to protect home? If the security of the world is at stake, why do we need to rush to draw down in 18 months? Why are there restrictions on our troops defending themselves and civilians? I can not understand how this speech was worth 3 months of waiting. I will give the President credit for standing up to the left of his party. The fact that we are sending more troops is good only if they can do their job and not be a greater number to serve as targets. He seems to have sent a message of uncertainty when he spoke about the economy and the need to focus on home. He mentioned human rights on one hand, but then said it was not our responsibility to help them establish stable institutions Read more
Comment Rescue --David Anderson Afghanistan is a very complicated country. It is a feudal federal republic. We cannot act as if Karzai is the only power. We have to do what we did in Iraq, which is work with the tribal leaders and the central government. It is about our national security and the peace of the world. Precipitous withdraw will end the Pax Americana and plunge the world into eventual disorder as terror cells grow and cause instability in at least 70 nations. The picture of the next 20 years will be one of terrorism, civil war, crackdowns, and oppression. First to go after Afghanistan will be Yemen, then Pakistan, then Somalia and Sudan will be ramped up as bases. There will be increased instability in Africa and the Middle East. Europe will be flooded with refugees. Among these mostly decent people will be terror cells. Europe will be in flames in 10 years. The Philippines Read more
Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that your are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: Revelation 3:17 I believe that "progressives" or new left (loony left as I prefer) is well described by that classic quote. Even the few steps of common sense shown by the ruling regime in Washington are viewed with distain. The ruling regime has determined that our national interests are served by not kicking the Afghan people in the teeth. Human Rights have not mattered much to this regime. The profess a doctrine of realism. They make no protest to speak of to China. They make deals with the Sudan. They ignore the crushing of the opposition in Iran until they were drug into the discussion by the rest of the world. There is hardly a mention of the conditions of Taliban ruled Afghanistan. The only Russian Read more
One of the most important operatives in the field in Afghanistan was compromised by the New York Times based upon administration sources. I do not hear a peep from the Valerie Plame crowd who were outraged about the leak of a name of an agent who hadn’t been active in the field for years. I hate it when that happens.
This week he is legit. A non-election beats a corrupt election, I guess. Good, now back to work.
You got a runoff. Iran can do what it wants and we don't care, but we will sacrifice our own security and that of the western world if Afghanistan does not shape up. Why we did not say something to them when we saw this coming 6 months ago is puzzling. It is almost like the Ambassador's wink to Saddam before the invasion of Kuwait. I am glad the runoff is being held. I am not happy that it was delayed and then scheduled in a snap election fashion in a nation that does not even have adequate roads. It seems like he is trying to catch the opposition off guard. I hope that it goes well because we need to get back to business and the people need protection not from those who have plurality support, but those who have very little support but bombs, guns, and a radical ideology of repression. We need to keep perspective. Read more
The public is ready to support the troops in a quest for victory. All we need is a little leadership to show the public that is the plan. Defeating the Taliban is in the best interests of millions of innocents who would be plunged back into civil war and oppression and just as importantly is a vital American interest. A strong Taliban weakens Pakistan’s democracy and is a safe haven to radical movements. Don’t go wobbly on me, Mr. President.