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Obama’s Campaign Promises: The Comfort of Fools October 27, 2009

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Promises make debt, and debt makes promises. ~Dutch Proverb

Had I known that Barack  Obama would have broken so many promises made to his voters, I would have tried much harder to convince them that there was no logical way that a man who did so little during his previous political career, could do so much as President of the United States of America.

obama_afghanistanThere is not one day that goes by without my thinking of September 11th, 2001.  I lived in New York city at the time. I was directly effected by the tragedy.  I have the panic disorder to prove it.  I watched while my fellow New Yorkers shifted uncomfortably in their subway seats whenever the train would sit on the tracks a little too long. Signs of a collective trauma unknown to most Americans born after the 1960′s until that fateful day when we saw Icarus and his 3,000 brothers and sisters fall from the sky.

Winning in Afghanistan is important to me and Barack Obama said it was important to him.

On Monday, our country suffered the loss of 14 soldiers in Afghanistan during a helicopter crash.

Why is President Obama taking so long to make his decision concerning a troop surge in Afghanistan when he promised that he would be tough on the “real culprits” behind 9/11,  unlike his predecessor George W. Bush who focused his time and energy on the “wrong war”?

From this article in the Wall Street Journal

Obama Promises Troops ‘a Clear Mission’ in Afghanistan

October 26, 2009

By Jonathan Weisman

President Barack Obama placed the mission of preventing Afghanistan from becoming an al Qaeda haven into the center of his war policy, a rhetorical hint that he isn’t siding with those in his administration that see the battleground against terrorism shifting permanently to Pakistan.

In a speech at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville, billed as a thanks to U.S. men and women in uniform, the president inserted a salute to the 14 Americans who died today in helicopter crashes in Afghanistan.

“They were willing to risk their lives, in this case, to prevent Afghanistan from once again becoming a safe haven for al Qaeda and its extremist allies,” he said. “And today, they gave their lives to protect ours. Now it is our duty as a nation to keep their memory alive in our hearts and to carry on their work.”

Some in the White House have suggested that after fleeing to Pakistan, al Qaeda leaders are not likely to return to Afghanistan. Early this month, National Security Adviser James Jones said of al Qaeda in Afghanistan, “the maximum estimate is less than 100 operating in the country, no bases, no ability to launch attacks on either us or our allies.” With the Taliban divided over al Qaeda, some administration officials have argued the U.S. could co-opt Taliban leaders and create a political atmosphere that would keep terrorists out, even if the Taliban increased its role in the leadership of Afghanistan.

Obama also defended the length of time he is taking in deciding whether to increase troop levels in Afghanistan. His extended policy review has drawn criticism from Republicans, including former Vice President Richard Cheney, who last week accused him of “dithering.”

“This is very important as we consider our next steps in Afghanistan: I will never rush the solemn decision of sending you into harm’s way,” Obama said to loud applause. “I won’t risk your lives unless it is absolutely necessary. And if it is necessary, we will back you up. Because you deserve the strategy, the clear mission, and the defined goals as well as the equipment and support you need to get the job done.

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Cartoon by Walt Handelsman, copyright 2009 Tribune Media Services

We understand that strategy takes time President Obama…but time also takes lives.

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AFROCITY

 

 
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