"obama very close to decision"
how many times have we heard this
today, obama threw a tantrum over leaks about his afghanistan "policy"
A firing offense? - Ben Smith - POLITICO.com
the weird thing is---most of the leaks (except for woodward's and mcchrystal's) have come from within the white house
by all accounts, his asia trip was a disaster
his pretty speech about free expression and the first amendment was censured so no one outside shanghai heard it
his mandarin town hall was prepacked with apparatchiks
how could he even bring up civil rights in china in the first place after refusing to meet the dalai lama in dc
his attempts to elicit cooperation on sanctioning iran were kicked down
hu howled at the president's climate crap, killing it
hu lectured obama on the evils of communistic spending, intimated he (hu) can't afford obamacare
obama today is suddenly telling major garrett that too much debt could lead to a double dip recession
Obama: Too much debt could fuel double-dip recession | Markets | Markets News | Reuters
hu's a good teacher
the president's attempt to negotiate a currency deal to facilitate US exports fell flat
obama got squat
china totally stiffed him
iran is making a monkey out of him, too
afghanistan is killing him, as well as our heroic soldiers, and it will only get worse
obama's on the wrong side of fort hood
he's way on the wrong side of ksm
obama's an extremist, an amateur and a poser
trouble is---everyone now knows
palin has been interviewing circles around him, she has improved tremendously, quick, decisive, communicative, informed, knowledgable, plain speaking, normal, human
he's gone backasswards
he actually tried to justify moving ksm to manhattan by preconvicting the madman
why, ksm's just about been already executed, asserts the harvard law's star pupil
and holder, today, before leahy's judiciary...
graham asked holder to name ONE enemy combatant tried in an american civilian court
10 seconds of excrutiating, embarrassing silence ensued
then the AG mumbled something about having to look stuff up
you'd'a thought katie couric was asking him what newspapers he reads
Disclaimer: Arch Enemy's Anarchism Rant Begins
I can see both sides of the argument.
1) We need to increase the troop amount to give the active Generals the levels they need in order to conduct their strategies.
2) We do not need to increase the troop amount because we are losing the war, and putting more soldiers in harm's way is amoral.
The only benefit I could see from surging the troop levels is for one final year of offense. Actually take the Powell Doctrine and used the prescribed troop surge to overwhelm the enemy forces.
- Cap any beard-wielding Muslim within 10 feet of an AK 47.
- Double tap any one who looks even remotely like an A.Q. operative.
- Grab Osama Bin Laden and other top A.Q. and Jamiat compatriots.
- Get the **** out of dodge before the tribes grow annoyed
- Begin a strategic withdraw using Drones, Warbirds, Contractors, and Afghani militia to play with the now pissed off tribesmen in and around Waziristan.
But to put it bluntly, the American military forces are stuck pigs; our piggy banks are running desperately low.
This altercation between one of the final frontiers of trans-nationalism (or Globalism) makes the most powerful militaries in the world need reinforcements.
It's not economically sound to keep a surged troop presence in Afghanistan; it costs the United States $1 Million to field a single soldier; it takes Taliban/A.Q. forces an estimated $200 - $500 and the United States is in need of reinforcements.
This proves once again that spending an absurd amount of your nation's wealth on guns, and bombs does not insure that your nation will be able to win. And I don't think the Capitalistic marketing of weaponry (which assured that Smart Bombs were Smart, even though Shock and Awe target accuracy reports otherwise) is proving bountiful anymore now that "backwards" nation-states can get weapons much cheaper from different business partners.
The decision is whether or not this symbolic political point (as Senator Graham is an example of the politics already assessing what if Osama were to be capture, and how to make it into a partisan issue) of capturing the elusive Osama Bin Houdini and eliminating other Savages* is worth Purse and Blood that is is going to take.
I for one, would rather have Osama Bin Laden at large, than our military playing the defense for poppy and wheat fields that benefits our enemies.
*By Savages I mean in the Walt Disney sense ([ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSu4hOLYrXk"]YouTube- Pocahontas - Savages - Full Version[/ame])
Thank You, Please Enjoy Your Day
"I do not underestimate the ability of fanatical groups of terrorists to kill and destroy, but they do not threaten the life of the nation. Whether we would survive Hitler hung in the balance, but there is no doubt that we shall survive al-Qa'ida." -- Lord Hoffmann
Yes.Do you ever see a possible upside to anything Obama does?
The first wave of troops he sent to Afghanistan was good.
His re-prioritization of Federal drug enforcement was good.
Revoking Executive Order 13233 was good.
His family is good.
He seems like a cool guy.
Sooooo, are we ready to discuss the thread topic or are you going to go off on another strange tangent?
ITT: Armchair Generals defending inaction
Women (Nasty or otherwise) are going to be the reason that Donald Trump is NEVER President!
Hyper Partisan Liberal: Of course, taking months upon months to make decisions on a generals recommendation is great. That's what we want, not some yahoo that makes snap judgements
Hyper Partisan Republican: Waiting months is going to kill troops, we need someone to act immedietely upon recommendation of a generals recommendations no matter what they are or how it affects the nation as a whole or the war effort as a whole.
Normal People: Seriously, is there not a middle ground here between "Wooo lets invade everything!" and "I need to make a decision, contact me in 2013 when I don't have re-election to deal with"
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
Where it worries me is when he says he wants all the troops out before he leaves office. That isn't much of a long-term commitment, the kind needed for a comprehensive counterinsurgency. But I am willing to wait for his announcement.