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  • Missed Opportunities in the Oval Office

    Unfortunately, President Obama missed a valuable opportunity tonight to demonstrate that he is fully committed to success in Afghanistan. Instead he stubbornly reiterated his July 2011 withdrawal date.

    Obama rightly said Americans should not lose sight of what is at stake in Afghanistan and that the U.S. must prevent the country from again becoming a terrorist safe haven. But his subsequent declarations that U.S. forces will only be in place for a limited time and that “wars cannot go on forever” revealed his impatience with the current counterinsurgency strategy and undermined everything else he said about the war in Afghanistan.

    His emphatic “make no mistake” line came before his statement about his commitment to withdrawing troops next summer. But it should have come before his pledge to “break the Taliban’s momentum.”

    In other words, he came across as more committed to withdrawing troops next July than prevailing over the Taliban. This is not how a Commander-in-Chief should lead his troops in war.

    For those who hoped President Obama had finally seen the light about the ill-conceived July 2011 deadline and would use tonight’s speech to walk it back, they have been sorely disappointed.

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    3 Responses to Missed Opportunities in the Oval Office

    1. James Mullen says:

      This President has no total say over the running of this country. He needs to make sure that every decision he makes is satisfactory to the George Soros Far Left and the Unions. This, in and of itself, is not a good situation for the Commander and Chief. He should not be "beholden" to anyone but the American people.

    2. D. M. says:

      My comment to James (above)-

      i agree with your note about Soros and the Union- HOWEVER, you do not get the total picture- if you say that Obama "should not be “beholden” to anyone but the American people".

      This is true for all previous Presidents- but not to this one, who does not like America or the Americans and use his Presidency to impose his far Left (which is actually more then anything- a Fascist not just 'Lefty"), to push his ideology and Agenda. We the citizens do not count at all.

      FYI- Re: Soros: 'Tsoros' in Yiddish means trouble…

    3. dan b. wilhoit 22395 says:

      our leaving middle eastern war ttheater gives the terriost the exact ingrediant that hitler needed to win world war 11. time! if he had given himself 5 more years for his scientist to develop the weapons they were working on ,we would be speaking german today.

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