"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Obama gets advise from many people all the time. The Joint Chiefs obviously know what the field commanders views are & regularly pass them along to the President.
Welfare (Food Stamps, WIC, etc...) are not entitlements. They are taxpayer funded handouts and shouldn't be called entitlements at all. Social Security and Veteran's benefits are 'Entitlements' because the people receiving them are entitled to them. They were earned and paid for by the recipients.
From a practical standpoint though, if the President gave the order today to send more soldiers they would not arrive until December/January, when, at least historically, the fighting in Afghanistan is pretty low. So really, the thinking is most likely, there is still some time to make a decision because when the soldiers could still be in country when they would be needed even if a decision is pushed down the road for the short term.
Additionally, I think the elections caught the White House by surprise. The soldier sent in back in March were supposed to make sure all of that went smoothly, and in theory there could then be a smooth transition. Given that that has not exactly happened, it does makes sense that a new strategy would be in the works.
Oh I know. Like Gitmo. Like Afghanistan. Like prosecutions on previous admin officials or CIA employees.....pretty telling huh?Since he hasn't made any decision yet, your point is moot.
Probably appears that way to everyone who think the Olympics being held in Chicago are the priority these days.It appears to me that he can.
What do you suggest as sanctions and inspections have already been tried.What do you suggest? Shouldn't sanctions and inspections be tried before bombs and war?
Oh i know, that darned Constitution, Obama must hate it. Do you?A dictator would have "rammed it through".
That is freaking crazy. I wonder if Obama's talked to any of the folks over at NASA who are gonna blow a hole in the moon with a rocket come Oct. Bet he hasn't talked to them either.
Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction.