Sorry – I was busy last night and will need to watch the speech sometime today (or do I need to?).
However, I thought you might like a few links:
From Der Spiegel
Never before has a speech by President Barack Obama felt as false as his Tuesday address announcing America’s new strategy for Afghanistan. …….One didn’t have to be a cadet on Tuesday to feel a bit of nausea upon hearing Obama’s speech. It was the least truthful address that he has ever held. He spoke of responsibility, but almost every sentence smelled of party tactics. He demanded sacrifice, but he was unable to say what it was for exactly.
An additional 30,000 US soldiers are to march into Afghanistan — and then they will march right back out again. America is going to war — and from there it will continue ahead to peace. It was the speech of a Nobel War Prize laureate………………The American president doesn’t need any opponents at the moment. He’s already got himself.
Now, no matter what Obama’s inner conflicts, McChrystal gets his chance to regain the initiative in the war. If he succeeds, the domestic politics of the war will begin to look different and at least one cause of Obama’s psychic anguish will be alleviated.
Yes, it would’ve been better if Obama hadn’t sounded at times like a premature Nobel Peace Prize winner shoved uncomfortably into a role of wartime leader. But, as Don Rumsfeld might say, you go to war with the president you have.
(the bold is mine)
Mr. President, how can you send our troops to war without backing them all the way? How could you pull the strategic rug out from under them in advance? Why did you reassure the Taliban that we’ve already fixed a sell-by date? What’s the bloody point?
At West Point last night, President Obama’s delivery was superb. But what he was delivering was a funeral oration for his promised strategy.
It sounded like a horrible speech to me and not a speech made by a strong leader. I was listening to an analysis on the radio and a General Keene (ret) said 3 times, 3 times that it was “decisively decisive”. What the hell??!!
When some retired general has to describe your speech in such a way, I can not imagine that it was a goodun.
Nor can I imagine how surging the troops for 12 months (6 months to arrive) is going to help force the government of Afghanistan to clean up their act so that they can then handle their own country.
Seriously. If you had this information and you were corrupt to start with and governments before you have also always been corrupt and the tribal leaders around you have always been corrupt and frankly that’s just how your country rolls, what about a short term 30,000 troop “surge” directed at others is going to make you want to clean up your act?
We’ll see how it goes, and I continue to pray for our men and women over there along with the Afghans themselves, in particular the women. IF Obama, NATO and the US military can get that country onto it’s own two feet there will be joy here.