As I said on my Mark 1:11 blog last evening I wanted to digest President' Obama's speech before commenting on it. Well, it's 0523 hours in my time zone, I am somewhat awake, the coffee is brewing and I have just completed reading his speech compliments of The Huffington Post. Yes, I said the Huffington Post. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. First off let me tell you I absolutely despise teleprompters. What ever happened to some notes and speaking from your heart? Everything is so scripted these days and nothing is real.
He started off with a good moderate beginning then led into blaming the previous administrations for failing in this war effort. Had the administration of President Clinton taken out or captured USB when he had the chance 9/11 most likely not have happened. You can't un-ring the bell so we move on.The President and I quote: "Then, in early 2003, the decision was made to wage a second war in Iraq. The wrenching debate over the Iraq War is well-known and need not be repeated here." He then goes on to repeat the same rhetoric from the past etc, etc, etc. This is unnecessary and has nothing to do with the mission.
Next he goes into the costs involved in the war in Iraq. In a time of war the cost of a war is not germane. It is not the cost of lives, equipment, political liabilities or any other thing. The focus must be on winning. If winning is not the objective don't undertake the initiative. It will only produce wasted time, money, wasted resources and personnel. This was unnecessary in the light of his administration's spend, spend, spend attitude of American taxpayer's $$$$$.
Let me be clear: there has never been an option before me that called for troop deployments before 2010, so there has been no delay or denial of resources necessary for the conduct of the war. .....Given the stakes involved, I owed the American people - and our troops - no less.
I am not sure of what the first line of the above statement is all about. I presume it is a political defensive move as to why he has waited so long to make a decision regarding "his" General's request. The last line I agree with. He owes the troops 110% of his time regarding decisions that place them in harms way.
The President goes on to announce the number of troops. This number is only 75% of those requested by his own, hand picked General. He then goes on to infer additional troops will be coming from NATO allies. This while it had all ready been reported that some European countries were not going to send an additional troops. Clik here. This type of smoke and mirrors I find disturbing. The lack of a complete truth on something as serious as this, indicates to me a lack of confidence in ones own decision. I have never, and never, will be a defender of giving a date of exiting. To me that's like telling a boxer you don't have to win by a knockout. Just stay on your feet till the end of the 10th round and YOU WIN! I can dance around the ring for quite a while with those conditions.
The President went on to infer this was not the same as Vietnam. He made some valid points. It isn't another Vietnam on his points. Where it is another Vietnam is that it is being run by politicians and not Generals. Therein lies the problem. President Obama last night referred to himself several times, an rightly so, as Commander in Chief. The Constitution gives him that title. Unlike becoming a Marine, it was a title given, not earned! It does not make him a military genius. It certainly does not make him competent to make military decisions. His second in command, Vice President Biden has only 5 student deferrals to show for his military expertise. So why would you not listen to your hand picked Generals and send 40,000 of our finest fighting soldiers? This is suspect to me.
I am not the greatest scholar, many of you will agree with that. I am not a scholar at all. However, doesn't the President's ending remarks sound like something I have heard from someone else before? Perhaps I am wrong but....... Correct me if I am wrong.
....we are passing through a time of great trial. And the message that we send in the midst of these storms must be clear: that our cause is just, our resolve unwavering. We will go forward with the confidence that right makes might, and with the commitment to forge an America that is safer,....
Oh, by the way, where was the word "win" in this speech?
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