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March 17, 2009

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clarice

I'd laugh if the consequences for the troops and the country weren't so serious.

kim

I remember the old Afghani woman who said the prayers to prepare her for death before trekking overland to vote in the first election several years ago.
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matt

when there is no one out there building support for our troops, there is no wonder support is dropping. Obama is talking down Afghanistan the same way he did the economy.

Then again, Americans also have very poor memories....

Pofarmer

So, how many still think it's important to "Get Bin Laden" 'cause, that surely ain't gonna happen if we don't have any troops in the whole region.

narciso

So 42/38 that's within the margin of era, that seems exceedingly off, where's the other 20%. Of course when you have CIC and his wingman who seem unconcerned about fighting the war, go so far as attack the leadership under Karzai, offer to undermine him by negotiating with 'moderate Taliban' what else can be expected. Meanwhile the Publication that in Dr. Strangelove fashion told us to accept Salafism, two weeks ago, argues for censorship one week ago, offers another beaut from one of those querrelsome
expat Yousafsai; Taliban chic in London, LUNed below

clarice

Afghanistan was useful to them only for their "over there argument"..Now that we're in Afghanistan the left will find some other place we ought to be in that isn't where we are...

DebinNC

The commander in Afghanistan asked for 30,000 more troops months ago, and BO okayed 17,000. CiC Obama is a Black Hawk Downer in waiting. Since our troops are at best mere political pawns to BO, I hope they are removed from harm's way asap.

Pofarmer

the left will find some other place we ought to be in that isn't where we are...

Okinawa? South Carolina?

narciso

Yet according to Surber, he's employing those 'evil merc' from Blackwater in Iraq, the folks who have become the real villain in '24, not the West African warlords.

Danube of Thought

It's gonna haunt this amateur big-time before he's done.

matt

What is scary is that this man has less engagement with the military than any democrat politician in living memory. Dukakis can't hold a candle to Obama's complete disengagement from from national defense.

and another thing, let's just hang Somali pirates from the yardarm like the good old days. I'll bet that quiets things down very fast over there.

joaquin

Anyone that thinks Obama is serious about Afghanistan is nuts. This guy has the spine of an amoeba.

kim

Hey, where's his promise to invade Pakistan? What a pitiful, pusillanimous, ignoramus. He's blowing it for world peace everywhere simply because his leftist beliefs despise any hint of American hegemony. What this stupid child doesn't understand is that the world needs civil order insured by a good cop on the beat. This good cop has been the United States, backed by a variable coalition of the world's functioning democracies. With his mistaken belief in the ability of his forked tongue to tame the thugs of the world he is leading us into foreign policy chaos. Show me the certificate, and the sooner the better.
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William Teach

Surrender now, Dorothy, er, Obamateur!

I think we are going back to Bin Laden's paper tiger America again.

kim

Dang, it's irritating that a comment shows up on the sidebar before it can be accessed through the thread. Awaiting William's Wisdom....
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kim

Worth the wait. Note that China isn't yapping about 'Paper Tiger' anymore. They are just expanding the world's second largest navy. They read Mahan with understanding.
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glasater

Perhaps Zero wants to destroy America and the world at the same time so that he can remake all in his image.

Walter

The idea of a Democrat-led Washington attempting to rally public suport for a war would be comic if it weren't tragic.

Hmmm. Wilson. Obama's mentor, FDR. Truman. JFK/Johnson.

What could be the connection between those names?

Until George W. Bush*, Democrats started long-lasting major wars. Republicans (usually) supported them from the sidelines. For all that people hang Vietnam around Nixon's neck, he was elected on a promise to end that police action.

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* Yes, I know. But the Spanish-American war was two centuries back. And like the first Gulf war, hostilities only lasted a few months.

Lincoln? Hey, they attacked us on our soil and occupied almost half the country. Not really his fault. Self-defense, really.

narciso

It was the Phillipine war, and that was going on, just a century ago. The problem is that unlike all those figures, this crew really has a deep seated contempt for those who fight
these wars and those who support them,

Walter

narciso,

21 - 19 = 2. Yes, it's facile and misleading. But numerically valid.

::Waving to HnR:: I'm still hoping I can steal away for a bit more time to respond to your email. Soon, soon.

matt

the message should really "Which Hegemons do you prefer?" Chinese? Russian? or American?

narciso

Right, ask the Jews, Ukrainian Kulaks, and the Chechens in that order, about Russian intentions. Ask the Uighurs and the Tibetans
about China, see the answer you get. Interestingly Amir Taheri, had the same thoughts about US abandonment of allies under Obama as we had; must be tuning to the same wavelength.

Donald

Um some might argue that there was a deal in place that any state could leave the union (Look it up). It was a voluntary arrangement. Lincoln violated that agreement. Some might argue that Lincoln was a monster who caused the death and destruction and untold horror in this country. Some might argue this. Not me so much, but the civil war should never have happened, and it was Lincoln's fault.

kim

Well, it was a War of Northern Aggression. A great example of the winners writing history. I wonder how the Peace Between the States would have worked out. I doubt that slavery would have survived the Nineteenth Century, anyway. There are better ways to put people to work. And had the South successfully seceded, the two nations might well have worked out like Canada and we do now. Canada, after all, was settled with a lot of the non-secessionists from our 'Civil War' with England.
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