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    Re: Obama Reportedly Eyeing "McChrystal Lite"

    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Di Salvo View Post
    Maybe so, maybe no.

    Do you remember Obama standing at the podium at the WH last March with Hillary Clinton at his right hand and Bob Gates at his left hand? The occasion was Obama's announcement of a New Plan for the War in Afghanistan. He said he would escalate the war by sending 17,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. He later added another 3-4,000 troops. Those forces are now in Afghanistan. Obama then fired General Kiernan and replaced him with General McChrystal. Now we're told that the Taliban are winning the war. What happened to Obama's New War Plan?

    There are three policy alternatives on Afghanistan: (1) admitting defeat and completely withdrawing, (2) seeking military victory by giving McChrystal what he asked for, or (3) seeking stalemate by following the McChrystal Lite approach.

    If Obama admits defeat and withdraws American forces completely he will save the lives of countless American men and women, but he will pay an incredible political price for surrender.

    If he gives McChrystal what he wants America might theoretically win, but Americans are not prepared to spend the next decade fighting an insurgency in the Hindu Kush. Besides, Obama doesn't have the political support he needs to win his war. The Left will not support him, so he must rely on the Right for support. In other words he must place his war policy in the hands of his political enemies. How long do you think it will be before the Republicans figure out they have an opportunity to cut Obama's throat?

    If Obama goes for McChrystal Lite the war will go on endlessly, and Obama will be beaten to death the same way Bush was. Bush was destroyed by Iraq, and Obama will be destroyed by Afghanistan.

    No matter which approach Obama selects he is in for the political beating of his life. However, if he chooses to withdraw completely and immediately our children will live. Besides, we can't afford Guns and Butter. If he does withdraw Al Qaeda will reestablish bases in Afghanistan. So what? They have bases in Pakistan now.

    Obama is not the problem. Like Bush, Obama is a symptom of the problem. The problem is the corrupt special interest political system we have created. Destroying Bush and the Republicans was like a nail in the system's coffin. Destroying Obama and the Democrats is a step along the same road.

    You say I will have to wait and see. Don't you tired of playing defense? The Iraq War was used to bring down Bush. The Afghanistan War will be used to bring down Obama.

    I've noticed a certain foreboding and sense of despondency among Obama supporters lately. We destroy our presidents. It's simply the nature of the political order that has evolved in America. It's the way Americans roll. I do have suggestions for a new political order in our country, but that is a subject for another thread.
    Look...we have a new President. Who along with SEVERAL knowlegable people's recommendation,(not just one General) can and will offer up his OWN PLAN for what our new direction will be in Afghanistan...it will not be your opion 1, 2 or 3 it will be an entirely different option it will be the President's option.
    So you say "Now we are being told that the Taliban is winning" CARE TO PROVIDE A LINK?
    and you say the NOW happens to be after the president took office and after he has added more troops to the theater....Tell me? How long do you think the taliban has been winning? One week? One month? FOUR YEARS?

    You say that Afghanistan will be used to bring down Obama just as Iraq "WAS USED" to bring down Bush. Look Albert..Bush brought himself down with his actions in Iraq and the events surrounding it. Him and Cheney are to blame..nobody else. Just as President Obama OVERTIME will be judged on his actions and events surrounding his policies...this just isn't the time because his actions have yet to pan out..good or bad.

    It is the time for the Righties to stop blaming everybody else for their faults and failures, find the guts to admit to them. Learn from them and support our President in making good choices in order to not repeat those same mistakes.

    They should try that for a change.

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    Re: Obama Reportedly Eyeing "McChrystal Lite"

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Have you paid attention to the news recently? The CIAs actions in Afghanistan are pretty well developed.
    The CIA's Special Activities Division is far far smaller than the military's Special Forces levels.

    I bet my bottom dollar that you don't have the slightest idea that the CIA thinks.
    There is not one single counterinsurgency expert on the entire god damn planet that will say that you can defeat an insurgency with the troop levels currently in Afghanistan. In fact the General rule of thumb for any successful counterinsurgency strategy is 1 soldier to every 50 people in the population, McChrystal is actually asking for only appx. 1 NATO and U.S. soldier to every 200 people in the population, possibly because he feels that the indigenous Afghani military and security forces combined with private contractors can pick up the slack as they did in Iraq.

    Obama's job is to take the advice of his generals under consideration. The military does not make its own decisions.
    Obama's job is to win the ****ing war or get the **** out not be a co-conspirator in the murder of U.S. soldiers because he ****ing refuses to listen to the Generals and would rather play politics with their lives in order to placate his radical base.

    If 95% of the country wanted to pull out of Afghanistan but the generals wanted to stay, should we have to stay?
    Does 95% of the country want to pull out of Afghanistan?
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    Re: Obama Reportedly Eyeing "McChrystal Lite"

    Quote Originally Posted by The Prof View Post
    1. Evincing a characteristic cast for compromise, our courage-challenged Commander in Chief is reportedly on the cusp of calling for a middle course approach to the tactical crisis that is Afghanistan.

    2. Unable to say "no" to his generals, compositionally incapable of executing an all-out war, Obama will typically embrace the resort of least resistance when he finally DECIDES TO DECIDE what to do with HIS hopeless hotspot in the mountains on the moon.

    3. He'll give his homegrown general on the ground about HALF the troops the experts estimate are mandatory for triumph in the theater that the then candidate called the "right war."

    4. McChrystal Lite, reportedly, is Obama's outlet.

    5. More warfare, less results.

    6. Lacking the courage to decamp, yet not committed ultimately to success, Obama, after months of public hair pulling and procrastination, adopts a "Yes, we can, No, we can't, Maybe, we'll see" strategy.

    7. Either way, casualites are almost certain to increase with the combatant count.

    8. Meanwhile, any chances of our succeeding are scant in the region which gutted Gorbachev.

    9. The Russians warred with a WILL unknown in Washington, 200,000 ruthless Soviet soldiers slaughtered civilians for ten years.

    10. Obama does NOT want to be there.

    11. How can we win with such weak kneed, half hearted headsmanship?

    12. Politics impel the president, not interests of United States security.

    13. American lives must be sacrificed for salubrious survey results in USA Today.

    14. And yet the war is pessimisticly unpopular across our entire landscape, except amongst neocons.

    15. Obama's liberal base is outraged.

    16. And anger will only augment with each meaningless massacre.

    17. October was our meanest month, 55 unfearing fighters fell.

    18. Twenty two more this week.

    19. The enemy was alarmingly active in Kabul, assaulting a UN guesthouse.

    20. Karzai is as corrupt as he ever was.

    21. And then there's his brother, the poppy pusher.

    22. Obama is at open odds with McChrystal, the Pentagon, the cabinet.

    23. The great general weighs resignation.

    24. This is OBAMA'S WAR, it is HIS problem.

    25. It is KILLING him, politically.

    26. And it will only get worse.




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    Obama Reportedly Eyeing 'McChrystal Light' Plan for Afghan War With Small Troop Boost - Political News - FOXNews.com

    And the slow bleed begins.


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    Re: Obama Reportedly Eyeing "McChrystal Lite"

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    And the slow bleed begins.


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    So, what does this do to the democratic party members contention that the bush administration had too few troops in afghanistan if they themselves put.......too few troops in afghanistan?

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    Re: Obama Reportedly Eyeing "McChrystal Lite"

    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch View Post
    So, what does this do to the democratic party members contention that the bush administration had too few troops in afghanistan if they themselves put.......too few troops in afghanistan?

    The difference I would say would be that Bush's contention was that he wanted to win, and just blew it in an epic way. Obama on the other hand, and liberals as well don't want to win, they can't even tell you what victory would be. No, Obama wants some mythical understanding with the Taliban that without inflicting severe loss on them would be at best a lie.


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    Re: Obama Reportedly Eyeing "McChrystal Lite"

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    The difference I would say would be that Bush's contention was that he wanted to win, and just blew it in an epic way. Obama on the other hand, and liberals as well don't want to win, they can't even tell you what victory would be. No, Obama wants some mythical understanding with the Taliban that without inflicting severe loss on them would be at best a lie.


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    I have noticed an awful lot of posts where american liberals/democratic party members seem to be requesting "definitions" of winning. Odd.

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    Re: Obama Reportedly Eyeing "McChrystal Lite"

    Quote Originally Posted by goldendog View Post
    Care to post a link that supports the title of this thread?
    Yeah, I want to see that link too. Frankly I don't think he's eyeing anything. This clown is over his head, and what happened to all the wisdom that was going to bless us from the foreign policy expert VP? No where to be seen.
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    Re: Obama Reportedly Eyeing "McChrystal Lite"

    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch View Post
    I have noticed an awful lot of posts where american liberals/democratic party members seem to be requesting "definitions" of winning. Odd.
    That's because winning is unfair, and it doesn't sync with their fairness mindset.
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    Re: Obama Reportedly Eyeing "McChrystal Lite"

    Quote Originally Posted by goldendog View Post
    Look...we have a new President. Who along with SEVERAL knowlegable people's recommendation,(not just one General) can and will offer up his OWN PLAN for what our new direction will be in Afghanistan...it will not be your opion 1, 2 or 3 it will be an entirely different option it will be the President's option.
    So you say "Now we are being told that the Taliban is winning" CARE TO PROVIDE A LINK?
    and you say the NOW happens to be after the president took office and after he has added more troops to the theater....Tell me? How long do you think the taliban has been winning? One week? One month? FOUR YEARS?

    You say that Afghanistan will be used to bring down Obama just as Iraq "WAS USED" to bring down Bush. Look Albert..Bush brought himself down with his actions in Iraq and the events surrounding it. Him and Cheney are to blame..nobody else. Just as President Obama OVERTIME will be judged on his actions and events surrounding his policies...this just isn't the time because his actions have yet to pan out..good or bad.

    It is the time for the Righties to stop blaming everybody else for their faults and failures, find the guts to admit to them. Learn from them and support our President in making good choices in order to not repeat those same mistakes.

    They should try that for a change.
    Goldendog, I salute you as a kindred spirit, but I'm going to have to respectfully part ways with you on these issues.

    Debate styles vary from person to person. I call the debate style used in the preceding post the "filibuster method." I mean no offense, but that's what I call it. I prefer a different style. Call it what you will.


    The Taliban are winning:

    The Taliban are winning - Full Comment

    http://www.carnegieendowment.org/fil...g_strategy.pdf

    Taliban Now Winning - WSJ.com


    How Long Have We Been Losing:

    I would be happy to discuss the progress of the Afghan War with you. Have you followed the conflict closely? Imo, America has been losing the propaganda war for a long time. The Afghan Theater was a low level rural insurgency from 2002-2007 or so.

    With new sanctuaries in the NWF and N and S Waziristan of Pakistan, the Quetta Shura of Mullah Omar, the Harquani (sp) group, the Hekmatier (sp) gang, and others rearmed, regrouped, developed new tactics, and recruited thousands of Pakistani madrassa students. In the spring and summer campaigns of 2004-2006 the Taliban operated in large units and were put to the sword by the thousands. But there were thousands of more recruits.

    In the campaigns of 2007 something seems to have changed. They've learned from their mistakes, and have developed a new professionalism, discipline under fire, and tactics, e.g., being able to break off contact before smart bombs arrive. So I would measure America's declining martial fortunes from around the autumn of 2007 or so.

    Bush/Obama

    Bush? Culpable. Off with his head. But that does not relieve Obama of culpability in the CONTINUING deaths of Americans, Afghans, Pakistanis, Arabs, etc. Mein gut, after all he is the Commander in Chief.

    You ask for patience for Obama. Sorry, but you can't always get what you want. It doesn't matter whether that's fair or not. It is what it is. He's bleeding. Detach your emotions from his success or failure.

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    Re: Obama Reportedly Eyeing "McChrystal Lite"

    Quote Originally Posted by goldendog View Post
    Look...we have a new President. Who along with SEVERAL knowlegable people's recommendation,(not just one General) can and will offer up his OWN PLAN for what our new direction will be in Afghanistan...it will not be your opion 1, 2 or 3 it will be an entirely different option it will be the President's option.
    So you say "Now we are being told that the Taliban is winning" CARE TO PROVIDE A LINK?
    and you say the NOW happens to be after the president took office and after he has added more troops to the theater....Tell me? How long do you think the taliban has been winning? One week? One month? FOUR YEARS?

    You say that Afghanistan will be used to bring down Obama just as Iraq "WAS USED" to bring down Bush. Look Albert..Bush brought himself down with his actions in Iraq and the events surrounding it. Him and Cheney are to blame..nobody else. Just as President Obama OVERTIME will be judged on his actions and events surrounding his policies...this just isn't the time because his actions have yet to pan out..good or bad.

    It is the time for the Righties to stop blaming everybody else for their faults and failures, find the guts to admit to them. Learn from them and support our President in making good choices in order to not repeat those same mistakes.

    They should try that for a change.
    Goldendog, I salute you as a kindred spirit, but I'm going to have to respectfully part ways with you on these issues.

    Debate styles vary from person to person. I call the debate style used in the preceding post the "filibuster method." I mean no offense, but that's what I call it. I prefer a different style. Call it what you will.


    The Taliban are winning:

    http://network.nationalpost.com/np/b...e-winning.aspx

    http://www.carnegieendowment.org/fil...g_strategy.pdf

    Taliban Now Winning - WSJ.com


    How Long Have We Been Losing:

    I would be happy to discuss the progress of the Afghan War with you. Have you followed the conflict closely? Imo, America has been losing the propaganda war for a long time. The Afghan Theater was a low level rural insurgency from 2002-2007 or so.

    With new sanctuaries in the NWF and N and S Waziristan of Pakistan, the Quetta Shura of Mullah Omar, the Harquani (sp) group, the Hekmatier (sp) gang, and others rearmed, regrouped, developed new tactics, and recruited thousands of Pakistani madrassa students. In the spring and summer campaigns of 2004-2006 the Taliban operated in large units and were put to the sword by the thousands. But there were thousands of more recruits.

    In the campaigns of 2007 something seems to have changed. They've learned from their mistakes, and have developed a new professionalism, discipline under fire, and tactics, e.g., being able to break off contact before smart bombs arrive. So I would measure America's declining martial fortunes from around the autumn of 2007 or so.

    Bush/Obama

    Bush? Culpable. Off with his head. But that does not relieve Obama of culpability in the CONTINUING deaths of Americans, Afghans, Pakistanis, Arabs, etc. Mein gut, after all he is the Commander in Chief.

    You ask for patience for Obama. Sorry, but you can't always get what you want. It doesn't matter whether that's fair or not. It is what it is. He's bleeding. Detach your emotions from his success or failure.

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