First liberals had thrills up their legs at Barack Obama’s sheer awesomeness and now they want to spank Obama for sending thousands of more troops to Afghanistan. It’s getting really sick out there in Obamaland! You can read more below, see photos and watch a video.
On Tuesday evening, with
perfect stagecraft er, the backdrop of the the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Barack Obama is expected to finally, after countless dithering and hand wringing, announce that he’ll send up to 35,000 more troops to Afghanistan beginning next year. Unfortunately, this decision doesn’t make many people happy. On the right, it seems woefully small. On the left? Well, they say they want to spank Obama.
Three months ago, General Stanley McChrystal gave Obama three options on winning in Afghanistan: a low-risk plan requiring 80,000 more troops, a medium-risk plan requiring 40,000 more troops, and a high-risk plan requiring 20,000 more troops. Apparently, Obama has finally decided to go between the high-risk and medium-risk plans by sending approximately 35,000 more troops.
To many on the anti-war left, including congressional Democrats, any kind of troop surge is wrong. They argue that the mission in Afghanistan is too expensive and lacks a clear objective.
“I think there will be some disillusionment within his base,” said Paul Kawika Martin, political director for Peace Action, a grassroots organization, who added that thousands of activists are planning to protest following the president’s announcement.
“We’re going to spank him for sending more troops,” he told FoxNews.com, adding that they may also “thank him” if he announces a quick exit strategy.
But even if the anti-war completely rejects Obama’s surge plan, it will surely be nothing like President Bush endured for 8 years. Interestingly, Obama will find himself relying on support of congressional Republicans who utterly reject his domestic agenda (and most of his foreign one as well).
Personally, I have always supported the efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. It would be a huge mistake to withdraw in my opinion. But with this latest information on the number of troops to be provided, I would almost rather us pull out and end the war then to go forward like this.
Our military fight (and die) to win. Is this decision by Obama one to win? I think not. General McChrystal, our Commander in Afghanistan, offered Obama a low-risk plan (which meant many more troops) to win the war. Yet, Obama chose to dilute that plan, for the sake of balancing political expediency and the appearance of standing by campaign promises.
Obama promised to resource Afghanistan adequately yet he’s done little to change the basic realities on the ground there. It’s a president’s job to know the cost of war; the troop needs, the local assets, to make decisions and have a plan to go forward, to win.
But Obama didn’t do his job on Afghanistan. We’ve seen the things that have consumed him the last year and they haven’t been our war there – they’ve been appeasement, apologies, and golf. Let’s see, in Tuesday night’s speech, if he decides to lead to victory in Afghanistan, or whether liberals should spank Obama for sending (an inadequate number) of troops to Afghanistan.
You can see photos of Barack Obama below and watch a fun video below from Rush Limbaugh on liberal advisors spanking Obama.
Photos: www.wenn.com; Carrie Devorah