"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
You realize the last two lines were purposefully exaggerations? Or do you seriously think that the liberal side (I see you failed to comment on that one) really believes "lets wait until 2013 to make a decision"?
I think there's a reasonable middle ground between immedietely and mindlessly just doing whatever a single general is asking for and taking months upon months to make a decision on something that you should've at least in a cursory way been thinking of prior to the general even making a recommendation.
I think Bush made a number of military strategy mistakes, I believe in part due to his eagerness to rush into the situation and over confidence without taking the time to truly understand what they were up against and the situation at hand. Likewise I think Obama has fumbled this badly and taken far to long to make a decision on something he campaigned on and, if it was as important as he made it out to be, should've been thinking of since the time he came into office.
The hyper partisans on the left are all unquestionably defending Obama as if he's a genius for what he's doing with no wrong in sight while completely slamming Bush. Hyper partisans on the right are reacting by ignorantly making it out as if Bush was some kind of war genius that could do no wrong and Obama is actively hoping troops will die and he just doens't give a ****. Neither side wants to admit any fault to theirs, or will admit it in a glossing over way to quickly get back to insulting the other side, while painting the other sides actions even in a general way as being an afront of mankind as a whole.
"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.
Hasn't Obama been close to a decision on Afghanistan for a few months now?
Like him or not, at least Bush was the decider. May have been the wrong decision sometimes, but at least he made one. Obama is more like Jimmy Carter on that score.
The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016
The idea that troops are dying due to his considered decision making is ludicrous fear mongering, and craven lying of the war lovers.There is no reason to continue stalling (and letting troops die in the process).
Upon receiving the request Obama should have immediately convened his top military advisors and presented a plan in no less than seventy-two hours. Expecting your Commander in Chief to be decisive in a time of war is not unreasonable.
Actions speak louder than words.
He's been deploying troops left and right while he "delays" announcing his decision. That IS his decision. Sending more troops. My next door neighbor just got back from Iraq. When you get back from a deployment like that you're supposed to be stateside for a year (stabilization) but he's already on orders to go to Afghanistan in less than 6 months.