Obama In No Rush To Support The Troops

Barack Obama made it clear that the war in Afghanistan was a war of necessity and that the war in Iraq was a war of choice. He said, time and again, that he would fight the war in Afghanistan and that it was necessary. Obama’s hand picked commander has submitted a request for the support he needs to fight and that request includes more troops. All of the sudden the war of necessity is not so much so. The request was sent to the White House nearly 80 days ago and no decision has been taken.

Obama is pondering what to do and has stated that he wants to see how the recent Afghan election pans out with either a run-off or co-governance before he decides on sending troops. He is deliberating and giving it thoughtful consideration. At least that is what the White House wants us to believe.

The only thing that Obama has taken his time on since taking office is selecting a family pet. It took him six months to select a dog. He gave it careful consideration.

The stimulus had to be passed immediately, the health care take over must be done now (even though the only thing that will take effect before 2013 is the taxing part of it), the cap and trade bill must be done now as, it would seem, must every other item on the Obama hit list. He wants all the things done by the end of the year and this is an extension of earlier deadlines. The simulus was rocketed through Congress because Obama said now and the Democrats did it now. Then it sat on his desk for four days while he went on a date with his wife.

He is pushing for his agenda items to get through at the speed of light but he is stifled by some Democrats who are worried about their jobs.

The support of the troops in Afghanistan is quite another thing though. Obama received the request nearly 80 days ago and has been stonewalling his commander and the troops. Secretary Gates says we need to act now and not later but Obama is quite busy wetting his finger and sticking it out the window to see which way the wind is blowing. His assertions about the war of necessity and his repeated assertions that this was a war we needed to win have hamstrung him because he would dearly like to appease (he did win a Nobel for that quality) his base and withdraw in defeat. That is what Democrats do.

But he does not want to be seen as a person who trumpeted the war in Afghanistan and vowed to support the troops only to let them down. He does not care about letting them down, he just does not want it to appear that way. So instead of being the Commander in Chief (a job he has no experience to do) he is waffling and stonewalling. He is looking for any reason not to honor the request of General Stanley McChrystal, the man he hand picked to run the war. Obama would love nothing more than to find some reason, any reason, to dishonor our troops so he can appease his leftist loser base.

Obama would not look so bad if he had taken the same stance on Afghanistan that he took on Iraq but he went the other way. He told us it was the war of necessity.

What he needs to do is act like a man instead of the weaselly, limp wristed, metrosexual that he truly is. He needs to man up and honor his commitment to the troops and to the war. He needs to stick to his word and win the war of necessity not only because supporting the troops is the right thing to do but because he told us he would. He needs, for once, to keep his word.

But then again, all Obama promises come with an expiration date.

I loved my 24 years of service to this country but I would not serve in the military under this so called man. He is fortunate that he is wrecking the economy because that has driven enlistments up. People join the military when times are tough because it is a job and it pays. If he had not wrecked the economy and caused such high unemployment then the services would have trouble recruiting.

Who would want to serve under this wishy-washy man? I can’t imagine any of our service members staying in with this guy abandoning them. And it is a certainty that the liberals who support him will not join to protect this country (they will wait for Obama bucks to make ends meet). They live under the blanket of protection provided by better people than they and they like it that way. If Obama does not act like a leader and do it soon then he is going to harm the military worse than Jimmy Carter did.

It might take decades to get the nation’s military strong again.

Obama, man up and take a decision. Do the right thing and support the men and women who were sent to war by the US government. You (the government) sent them there, now support them.


UPDATE: What has Obama done since the request for troops was submitted.

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11 Responses to “Obama In No Rush To Support The Troops”

  1. Samuel Adams says:

    How interesting that the O-Man couldn’t bail out Wall Street and Detroit fast enough (they’re both too big to fail!) but takes his time to deliberate, meet, discuss…essentially paralysis by analysis when the lives of our troops are in harm’s way. War is no place for half measures!

  2. Blake says:

    You actually need a man in that position who is capable of A)- Commanding the troops ( if he has a clue), or
    B)- Actually listening to his Generals, and allow them to command the troops, since he HAS no clue.
    But he does neither, because he comes from a culture that holds the military in contempt, and can’t fathom that the military is actually much more intelligent than he is in this area.
    His ego is getting in the way.

  3. Barbara says:

    The blood of every soldier killed during his time of hesitation will be on his hands.

  4. Darrel says:

    Gen. Eaton responds: Dick Cheney Was “Incompetent War Fighter”

    “Today, National Security Network Senior Adviser Gen. Paul Eaton (Ret.), who served more than 30 years in the United States Army and from 2003-2004 oversaw the training of the Iraqi military, responded to Dick Cheney’s accusations on Afghanistan from last night:

    “The record is clear: Dick Cheney and the Bush administration were incompetent war fighters. They ignored Afghanistan for 7 years with a crude approach to counter-insurgency warfare best illustrated by: 1. Deny it. 2. Ignore it. 3. Bomb it. While our intelligence agencies called the region the greatest threat to America, the Bush White House under-resourced our military efforts, shifted attention to Iraq, and failed to bring to justice the masterminds of September 11.

    “The only time Cheney and his cabal of foreign policy ‘experts’ have anything to say is when they feel compelled to protect this failed legacy. While President Obama is tasked with cleaning up the considerable mess they left behind, they continue to defend torture or rewrite a legacy of indifference on Afghanistan. Simply put, Mr. Cheney sees history throughout extremely myopic and partisan eyes.”


  5. Big Dog says:

    So that is his opinion. For every general you find that has this opinion you can find one with the opposite. Retired Generals are a dime a dozen and they all make money as analysts.

    There were mistakes but none like ObaMao is making.

    And another NSN guy, that left wing think tank that has relieved of command Wesley Clark in it.

  6. Big Dog says:

    After retiring from the Army in 2006 Eaton was a frequent guest on various media outlets, where he often criticized the Bush administration’s prosecution of the Iraq War. In 2007, Eaton appeared in a political ad for VoteVets.org, similar to the ones prepared by John Batiste. Eaton asserted that President Bush did not heed the advice given by his military commanders.[citation needed]Eaton appeared on Bill Maher’s talkshow and spoke out strongly against those who launched the Iraq war. In 2008 Eaton served as an advisor [sic] to Senator Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Following Clinton’s concession of the Democratic primary, Eaton has made several appearances in support of Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

    [emphasis mine]


    Nuff said.

    • Darrel says:

      Sounds like a great guy. He was on Maddow tonight too.

      Eaton continues:

      “As one deeply invested in the Armed Forces of this country, I am grateful for the senior military commanders assigned to leading this fight and the men and women fighting on the ground. But I dismiss men like Cheney who inject partisan politics into the profound deliberations our Commander-in-Chief and commanders on the ground are having to develop a cohesive and comprehensive strategy, bringing to bear the economic and diplomatic as well as the military power, for Afghanistan — something Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld never did.

      “No human endeavor can be as profound as sending a nation’s youth to war. I am very happy to see serious men and women working hard to get it right.” –ibid

      • Big Dog says:

        Of course he was on Maddow. He went after someone who attacked the Messiah. Screw him and the rest of the political generals who are not really concerned with the troops. If he were he would be demanding action instead of complaining about something he was not involved in.

      • Blake says:

        Dar- Generals can be media whores too.

  7. Big Dog says:

    Funny how as soon as the Messiah is shown to have been given detailed analysis which he asked not to be made public, and which he then used, and for which he never gave any credit, and then criticizes the past administration for doing no analysis, he is immediately defended by the left.

    Not one of them is asking why our troops have waited over 2 months and have not gotten support, no they have to defend ObaMao.

  8. Big Dog says:

    Eaton is a partisan and if he rejects those who place partisan politics ahead of our troops he should be rejecting Obama and his minions. They are placing partisan politics and the whims of their base ahead of our troops and of course, they blame everything on Bush. That has worn thin. They need to man up and quit crying because someone criticized.

    I read it the other day.

    It is not that the Emperor has no clothes. It is that the clothes have no Emperor…