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    Obama Afghanistan Speech in One Sentence

    Obama Afghanistan Speech in One Sentence

    “We got bin Laden, and our troops will be out early in my second term if you reelect me, because we got bin Laden, and I never will forget the sacrifice of the troops who helped me get bin Laden, USA USA USA!”

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    Sean Delonas summed up 0’s latest strategy best in his cartoon: http://www.nypost.com/opinion/…..232011.jpg

    Sorry ’bout that broken link. Let’s try this again: http://www.nypost.com/opinion/cartoons/delonas/2011/06/06232011.jpg

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    […] – Professor Jacobson sums up President Obama’s Afghanistan speech quite nicely: “We got bin Laden, and our troops will be out early in my second term if you reelect me, because we got bin Laden, and I never will forget the sacrifice of the troops who helped me get bin Laden, USA USA USA!” […]

    […] audience? Legal Insurrection kind of summarized the speech and echoes some of what I was thinking here. I don’t think it is going to escape anybody’s attention that he made Afghanistan his […]


     
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    Viator | June 23, 2011 at 8:07 am

    “Having ordered a surge of 30,000 troops back in 2009, Obama is now pulling the plug on the effort just when it was showing success.” Max Boot

    “It’s the firmness of spinelessness, the toughness of weakness, the verhe Oxyy definition of leading from behind. This brilliant man is running an oxymoronic presidency.”
    John Podhoretz

    “Fighting a war by timetable is a recipe for failure. Our enemies are quite capable of watching the clock and observing what regions are becoming easier targets as Americans leave. With fewer troops available, the remaining ones are at greater risk. Worse, these brave men and women are being risked for a mission that becomes ever more unachievable as the size of the force dwindles. Leadership does not mean splitting the difference. It means stepping up and doing whatever is necessary to reach your stated goals, or admitting that the goals are no longer worth the cost in blood and treasure and then withdrawing. Halfway measures almost guarantee a double loss: mission failure and wasted lives.”
    Jim Lacey is professor of strategic studies at the Marine Corps War College.

    “But if, as a result of these withdrawals, the Taliban and al-Qaeda and their allies rise again, Obama’s reluctance to forge a strategy to defeat global jihadism — his insistence, against all the evidence, that “the tide of war is receding” in Afghanistan and on other fronts — will be very obvious to voters.”
    Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

    “So why September 2012? Because, one has to conclude, Election Day is November 6, 2012. The September deadline will allow candidate Obama to say that he has completely withdrawn the surge forces, and that we’re on our way out of Afghanistan and coming home. The timetable President Obama has set isn’t based on military considerations, diplomatic strategies, or financial calculations. It’s based on the election calendar of candidate Obama.”
    William Kristol

    “Afghanistan: France follows US in troop withdrawal. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced the phased withdrawal of its 4,000 soldiers serving in Afghanistan.”
    BBC


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