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Afghanistan – My opinion, for what it’s worth

December 1, 2009

So, President Obama is going to send 30,000 more troops into Afghanistan.  That’s 15,000 less than were requested, yet he’s being heralded as courageous for sending *any* troops.  *snort* It took him 3 months to make this decision.  Lord knows I’d like to believe he was trying to do what he thought was best for the country, but my hunch is he was biding his time so he could make a calculated political move.  I don’t know what else you’d call this.  It seems to me he made a decision based on a desire to appease both sides of the political aisle here.  Send some troops so the right is happy, but don’t send too many and put a timetable in place to tickle the left.

That’s not courage, that’s weakness.

What bothers me the most is the message this decision sends.  And I think it’s a strong one.  He delivered a message tonight to terrorists in Afghanistan letting them know that he’s turned this into merely a waiting game for them.  If he has his way, we’ll retreat in 18 months.  How effective are we going to be when our enemy knows all they have to do is wait?

Barack Obama had a chance to do the right thing, but it’s my opinion that he did not.  For the sake of this country, I hope I’m wrong.

~Trish

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  1. December 2, 2009 1:00 am

    If this fight has taught us one thing about our enemy it is that their patience is far beyond our own.

    Well, it’s taught SOME of us.

    I think this sums up this move better than anything I could think up: “That’s not courage, that’s weakness.”

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