It has been 30 days since General Stanley McChrystal sent Defense Secretary Robert Gates a war assessment calling for reinforcements in the fight in Afghanistan; the very war Obama has said, “must be won.”
It has been six months since Obama announced a “comprehensive new strategy” for Afghanistan saying,
“I want the American people to understand that we have a clear and focused goal to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat Al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan and to prevent their return to either country in the future.”
August 17, Obama made a speech before the VFW Convention held in Phoenix, Arizona where he again made some tall promises.
“As President, my greatest responsibility is the security and safety of the American people.”
“We need to keep our military the best-trained, the best-led, the best-equipped fighting force in the world.”
“We will equip our forces with the assets and technologies they need to fight and win.”
“This is a war of necessity. Those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans. So this is not only a war worth fighting. This is a — this is fundamental to the defense of our people.”
“And going forward, we will constantly adapt to new tactics to stay ahead of the enemy and give our troops the tools and equipment they need to succeed.”
According to Reuters News Service, Robert Gibbs, Propaganda Minister now says Obama intends to “take several weeks reviewing his strategy.”
In spite of being the only one actually involved with the Troops in Afghanistan, Gen McChrystal is but one Obama is listening too, as the others, mostly civilians who never served, argue back and forth on what to do.
Obama, the candidate who swore “I will listen to the Generals,” wrings his hands, devises methods to push Obamacare through on the public and flies off to Copenhagen to stump for the 2016 Olympics to be brought to crime riddled Chicago, instead of meeting with Gen. McChrystal and as a true leader should, making a firm decision and following through.
In the meantime, 43 Troops have lost their lives in Afghanistan since Gen. McChrystal submitted his assessment and requested reinforcements 30 days ago, while Obama flies around the globe to stump for Chicago.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who misses George W. Bush.