Guns and Butter–War and Peace–Victory or Defeat–Commander-in-Chief or Cheer Leader?

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“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

~Oath of Office of the President of The United States of America


“The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; …”

~United States Constitution, Article II Executive Branch, Section 2-Civilian Power over Military, Cabinet, Pardon Power, Appointments


Charles Krauthammer: While our Troops are being shot at, Obama’s preparing for Letterman


McChrystal seeks more US troops for Afghanistan – 21 Sep 09


Stand Strong for Freedom



Glenn Beck – Stop Playing Politics 9/24/09 Part 1/5


Glenn Beck – Stop Playing Politics 9/24/09 Part 2/5


Glenn Beck – Stop Playing Politics 9/24/09 Part 3/5


Glenn Beck – Stop Playing Politics 9/24/09 Part 4/5


Glenn Beck – Stop Playing Politics 9/24/09 Part 5/5


The time has come for President Obama to stop running and start governing.

Our professional soldiers need an engaged commannder-in-chief and not a cheer leader at campaign rallies.

Either change the strategy and/or commander in Afghanistan and give him the resources and troops he needs to accomplish the mission or bring the troops home now.

Decisions must be made in a timely manner especially when men are being wounded and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ambushed by the Taliban in Afghanistan


Combat Outpost – Afghanistan


The New Great Game – Afghanistan


US Army Firefight in Afghanistan


U.S. Losing The War in Afghanistan


Mr. President, get back to the primary and most important duties and responsibilities of the President, the defense of the nation and the American people.


“When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property.”

~Thomas Jefferson


Background Articles and Videos

Gates to Boost ‘Enablers’ In Afghanistan Mission

By Ann Scott Tyson

“…Under Obama’s earlier order, the total number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan can reach 68,000.

“No matter what we do about more combat troops, our forces there require the best counter-IED capabilities we can provide,” said Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell.

Meanwhile, McChrystal has finished drawing up his request for what is expected to be thousands or tens of thousands of additional trainers and combat troops for Afghanistan, but he is awaiting instructions before submitting the request to the Pentagon.

Senior defense officials said that, in effect, McChrystal has been asked to delay submitting the request.

“We’re working through the process by which we want that submitted,” Gates told reporters, without elaborating.

Asked when Obama would make a decision on sending more troops to Afghanistan, Gates replied: “I don’t want to get into the timing. The president will make his decision when the questions that he has asked and the assessments that are going on have been completed. And I don’t think anybody should put any conditions on that.” …”


Obama on Afghanistan: victory is a four-letter word

By Neo-neocon


“…Has a US Commander in Chief ever spoken this way  in the middle of a war? 

President Obama has put securing Afghanistan near the top of his foreign policy agenda, but “victory” in the war-torn country isn’t necessarily the United States’ goal, he said Thursday in a TV interview.


Even if LBJ and McNamara felt that way about Vietnam, they didn’t state it.  And Afghanistan is no Vietnam — so far.  What Obama should have said instead was, “Conquering and occupying the country is not the goal, but victory is – -and here’s how we define victory in Afghanistan.”  Then he could have gone on to cite his stated goals of decreasing Al Qaeda’s power in that country, as well as making the terrorist entity unable to attack the United States (although it’s hard to see how his success on the latter would be measured, since Al Qaeda hasn’t attacked us since 9/11). …”


“…This tendency of Obama’s has been in evidence in many of his speeches: his summary of the Cold War, which he got entirely wrong.  His Cairo address to the Muslim world on their history and that of the West, in which “almost every one of his references was either misleading or incomplete.”  On the campaign trail, when he showed astounding historical ignorance (or prevarication; take your choice) in his mischaracterization of the Berlin airlift.Obama’s errors are not random; they fit a certain pattern:

(1) glorification of other cultures and countries at the expense of the US

(2) exaggeration of the negatives about the US and downplaying of our strengths

(3) negative point of view about military endeavors

(4) exaggeration and/or imagining the role cooperation and negotiation plays, particularly with tyrants and enemies

(5) assuming the carrot of negotiation and dialogue is enough to change tyrants and enemies without the stick …”


Unplugged: McChrystal’s Warning In Afghanistan


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