It could be alleged that Obama’s Tuesday night presentation of his “Go and Come Home” Afghanistan mix is a Taliban Stimulus Plan — he laid down the date U.S. military deployment would end but he never declared any intent to win, to win anything — but the overall performance was moreorless Barack Obama again voting “present” when asked to declare a position on a pending, controversial, decision-rendering issue.
Obama declared his intent to be “clear” yet was not clear. It appears that to confuse is Obama’s primary goal.
So the U.S. is to Go and Come Home: we’ll deploy (more) resources to Afghanistan — 30,000 human beings in total deployment, beginning immediately, the most valuable and meaningful of those resources, followed by billions more dollars and a great deal of hard work — and to Pakistan from one avenue or another. But we’ll Come Home two years later.
According to the Obama Go and Come Home Plan, Afghanistan is expected to alter its civilization from one that has spawned (and sponsors) the Taliban and Al Queda to one that has eradicated the Taliban and Al Queda in two years, by 2012. Hundreds of years — perhaps thousands — of behaviors and borderline-social ‘institutions’ gone in two years, replaced by the Obama Go and Come Home Plan by which Afghanistan is expected to be managing the Taliban and eradicating Al Queda on it’s own in two years after hundreds/thousands of years of apparent Stone Age behaviors sponsoring the conditions and situations from whence both originate.
Now the Taliban and Al Queada have a timetable from Barack Obama. Just who Obama is leading remains the question.
December 02, 2009
Obama Announces Quick Surge and Exit Plan
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday lashed out at President Obama for claiming the Bush administration rebuffed commanders’ repeated requests for more troops in Afghanistan.
Riding Out the Obama Surge
Monte Kuligowski at American Thinker
Senator John McCain is among many to have expressed the obvious with regard to Obama’s pending Afghanistan surge: A rapid deployment of 30 thousand troops with a concrete withdraw date shortly thereafter sends a mixed message to the world.
To the Taliban and al-Qaeda forces the Obama plan sends a singular message: Now is a good time for a vacation. What fool would engage the surge troops when he has the option of riding out the surge? Now may be the perfect time for that winter vacation in sunny Dubai. Terrorists may be many things, but they are not stupid.
Not Nearly Enough On Afghanistan
Michael Rubin, 12.01.09, 08:30 PM EST
Why Obama’s finite commitment is dangerous.
Announcing the results of his administration’s first policy review on Afghanistan more than eight months ago, President Barack Obama declared, “I want the American people to understand that we have a clear and focused goal: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaida in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to prevent their return to either country in the future.” To achieve those goals, the president explained, “we need a stronger, smarter and comprehensive strategy.” Unfortunately, the strategy Obama announced tonight will not achieve it.
…Obama is not Bush. By declaring his commitment finite, he removes the psychological force from his surge.
A few more thoughts on Obama’s Afghanistan speech
December 2, 2009 by Ed Morrissey at Hot Air
HANNITY: …I have in front of me an article that just passed the wires. The headline is “Gingrich Praises Obama on Afghanistan.” And in this you said that the president last night made a difficult decision that took considerable courage, because it will split his supporters. And I hate to disagree.
I’m going to lay out my case, and then I want you to just eviscerate me and tell me where I’m wrong.
GINGRICH: I’m not going to eviscerate you.
HANNITY: Well, you might. You’re capable of it. All right.
GINGRICH: Well, I might. That’s true. No, but you’re my friend. How about beat on you a little bit?
HANNITY: You can beat on me a lot, if you want. But here’s my take. Three quarters — he only gives General McChrystal three quarters of what he asked for. He says he’s going to pull the troops out in 18 months. Does not put an emphasis on victory.
It seems to me the moral equivalent of his entire career or representative of his entire career of threading the needle and voting present instead of saying we’re going to be in this to win it and we’re to give the commanders the troops they need.
Tell me where Sean Hannity is out of his mind wrong and why the president deserves praise?
GINGRICH: No, look, I don’t think you’re wrong about what you just said, but I watched that — Callista and I watched that speech last night. And I’m an Army brat. My dad spent 27 years in the infantry. And I know that the young men and women who are sitting there who are cadets, who are going to risk their lives for this country, would like occasionally for politicians to find a way to get together.
The one big applause was when he said, “Surely we should find a way to work together.” Now all of us hated it when the left found every possible excuse to beat up on George W. Bush.
I think that President Obama may be only did 65 percent of what he should have done, but I think if you are a left-wing candidate, who defeated Hillary Clinton with the support of the anti-war left, and you walk into the U.S. military academy to give a speech announcing a 30,000 troops increase, knowing that your left is going to savage you — and they started it last night, they’ve continued it all day today — this is going to break up the unity of the Democratic Party. That’s not a trivial decision.
HANNITY: But he had said during the campaign, “This is a war we must win,” and he appointed General McChrystal. And it seemed to me that last night.
HANNITY: If he did anything, I think he announced to the world when we’re pulling out. Announced to our enemies, you just wait us out 18 months. That seems like a very dangerous idea to me.
GINGRICH: OK. Look, you were right all through 2008 on several big issues and I was wrong. So I am going to go out on a limb with some hesitancy. He has an escape valve on that promise. I don’t believe they’re going to pull out in 18 months.
I believe in 2012, there will still be troops in Iraq and there will still be troops in Afghanistan, and I frankly believe with General Jones as the national security adviser, that they are afraid — that they have a very.
HANNITY: All right.
GINGRICH: . realistic sense that they’re in for the long haul.
HANNITY: All right, now that jobs summit continues tomorrow.
GINGRICH: But I may be too optimistic.
HANNITY: Well, I hope for the sake of our troops that we have enough troops there to help them but — the jobs summit tomorrow in Mississippi, and we’ll continue to follow.
Mr. Speaker, thanks for being with us.
GINGRICH: Great to be with you.
And, last but not at all least:
Well, I would say this: Nobody gives a more eloquent or a nuanced acquiescence to the bad guys then our president. That — that is a well-embroidered talent he throws in. But you know, the speaking trick is starting to damn itself. You know, the guy now is on his 50th speech in a row where he’s really eloquent about saying absolutely nothing. And when he put an end date on this war, Mr. President, it’s a war against radical Islamic fundamental evil. This is not a Yoplait container. There’s no end date on this thing. And so listen, he’s a — he’s a good speaker. He doesn’t say anything. And what he does say, you know, Bill, he almost looks embarrassed that America is going to have to save the world. I don’t get that. That’s a disconnect for me.
(Watch Dennis Miller on video with these and more remarks.)