Meanwhile, Bush "fiddled," hoping that NATO countries would supply those much-needed troops. When it became clear that they would not, Bush authorized approximately 5000 troops be sent to Afghanistan in September. By this time, McKiernan's troop requests came to approximately 30,000.
Three months later (December 2008), Bush sent approximately 2000 more troops to Afghanistan. McKiernan's recommendations for a total of 30,000 troops was ultimately "answered" by the Bush administration a full eight months later, with 23,000 fewer troops than were needed.
Interestingly enough, it was President Obama who finally satisfied McKiernan's requests for sufficient troops, by sending in another 21,000 troops to Afghanistan in March 2009.
Given the above facts, I find it exceedingly odd that former VP Cheney condemns the current administration for "dithering," when his own administration was a much worse offender on this front.
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My remarks merely compare the so-called "fiddling" time element of one administration and another, in an identical situation, and highlight the hypocrisy of former VP Cheney (and those who think as he does) on this "People are dying while Obama 'fiddles!'" matter.
I made no statement regarding "right" or "wrong."
I have posted this several times now, I am beginning to believe that it is just willful ignorance on the part of those that refuse to acknowledge that Obama changed the rules of engagement upon taking the CiC role.
Obama's (or should I say Rhambo's) slow walk of this decision is getting troops killed. Their blood is on Obama's hands.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville