This is not how to write history

Assigned Reading: Obama could lock in Afghanistan decision Monday
(FROM: Deutsche Welle)

No one can say that Obama rushed this one, but a decision on Afghanistan appears to be looming. As always, the rhetoric is right: “It is my intention to finish the job.” And, again as always, the actions don’t live up to the rhetoric:

The White House said President Barack Obama could use an unusual evening war council session Monday to lock in his long-awaited decision on whether to commit tens of thousands of new U.S. forces to the stalemated war in Afghanistan.

Military officials and others said they expect Obama to settle on a middle-ground option that would deploy an eventual 32,000 to 35,000 U.S. forces to the 8-year-old conflict.

All I have to say about this is that the price for a historic presidency – historic in a good way, in any case – is making historic decision. The middle ground is never a historic decision.



  1. Boston Blackie says:

    If you take a look at a picture released recently of Obamama meeting with his staff about the increase of troops in Afghanistan one person stands out for me. He had his budget director seated at the table!! The budget director??? Where was the military, I didn't see any.

  2. Anonymous says:

    at first it was that he ignored the request… then it was had to prepare a strategy… then it was he needs to wait until the afghanstan reVoting took place… then it was he was waiting to hear from his advisors… then it was he rejected his advisors advice (AMAZING!) … THEN, BACK to he is trying to figure out what is the best decision.

    if you have McChrystal
    then you have the advice of your advisers/// …. ?????

    anyone confused?
    NO. because a lie as clear as this is only a BIG LIE!!!!

    he was in office less than TWO DAYS before he made decision on afghanstan…. a matter of priorities?

  3. Anonymous says:

    my guess is he's trying to figure out a way to mis-direct some of that money so that it ends up in the hands of his selective few? anyone knows where Rathke is right about now?

    wanna bet rathke or some organization related to his will be somewhere in afghanstan with a contract for the Military that requires big bucks?

    wherever obama sees an opportunity to spend big bucks he sees an opportunity to misuse it and i'm sure he hates like anything to see all that money spent on the Military?

    there isnt a single excuse obama or his staff can come up with to take this long on a decision that was already made for him by McChrystal.

  4. T.I.M. says:

    Te comment about Rathke bears noting, considering the influence he wields. Not only the founder of ACORN, Wikipedia also states he is the founder and chief organizer of SEIU — whose current head is the most frequent visitor to the White House since Obama took over. Methinks the White House tree doesn't fall far from its nuts.

  5. Dee says:

    I understand that Obey (sp?)wants to pay for the war by imposing a surtax on those making $30,000+ a yr. They feel that will make it easier to fund rather than asking for more money for the military.

  6. Gail B says:

    I may be sick!

  7. Anonymous says:

    For a Thanksgiving treat watch Planes, Trains and Automobiles. At the start Steve Martin is a salesman waiting for a client to make a decision on an ad campaign. Then the fun begins as he tries to get home over the next few days. John Candy as the devil is a riot.

    But at the very end as the credits roll, the movie skips back to NY and the client still trying to make a decision.

    That Ladies and gentlemen is obambi trying to make a decision. His generals have told him what they need, other nations have told him what they need and he is still thinking about it. Why? Maybe he doesn't want to see us infidels killing any more of his muslim soul mates.

  8. Hugh says:

    I just do not get it!

    Obama hires (appoints) McChrystal to do the job. McChrystal gives him his recommendation. Should McChrystal know more about this deal than anybody else? I would think and hope so! McChrystal has first hand knowledge through the chain of his command.

    The real question on Obama's plate should be where are the available 40,000 best troops for the job.

    Obama really could have answered McChrystal in one week. His delay shows that he, among other things, does not have any confidence in his General or his troops.

  9. Anonymous says:

    "obama could lock in Afghanistan decision"

    Really, he has parties to attend to, date night and a golf game at Camp David so maybe next week. Whats the body count for this week? Not in the news so need to hurry a decision.

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