An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
As usual with this president, Obama’s trip to and speech from Afghanistan had way more to do with politics than any real substance.
Seven thousand miles, one way, is a long journey to share war remarks with countrymen that he should have and could have shared back home many months ago. Despite the administration’s best backgrounding sales efforts, the document he signed with Afghan President Hamid Karzai is a meaningless basic agreement to talk later about forging a real agreement.
Nothing was essentially changed by what the media lovingly called his “secret trip” to the war zone, which was simply unannounced for security reasons.
So, how much did this useless little jaunt cost the taxpayers this time? I guess we’ll find out eventually. But we must remember to add in all the goodies he’s promised to the corrupt Afghan government as well. What was I heard? TWO BILLION? Was that a year, or in total? And we shall never forget the cost in the lives of our military men and women, those who will never come home (68% on Obama’s watch), and the many whose lives will never be the same, physically, mentally, or emotionally. There is no dollar number that could EVER reflect that cost!
So, what was this word BO left out?
In his speech last night the president noted the more than a half-million Americans who’ve served in Afghanistan. But in remarks that Obama wanted focused on an optimistic end to the conflict, he failed to mention the 1,957 Americans who’ve died there since 2001, 68% of them during his presidency. And 93 in the last 122 days.
Nor, as it turns out, could the politically-inclined president of the United States find room anywhere among his 1,556 words for the seven letters that could make his surges and all those sacrifices seem more worthwhile: “victory.”
The one word that Americans have fought and died for in way too many wars. Victory! There is no victory when you aren’t allowed to win. Enemies are to be killed….not won over to your side. It just doesn’t work that way. Well, at least it didn’t use to, when Americans were proud, and men stood up for their principles, AND their country.
If you happened to have missed BO’s little campaign speech last night, you can read it on the White House website. Sadly, I did watch it, and nearly lost my dinner in the process. It’s also at the bottom of link above.
Ya just gotta love this little tidbit:
But over the last three years, the tide has turned. We broke the Taliban’s momentum. We’ve built strong Afghan security forces. We devastated al Qaeda’s leadership, taking out over 20 of their top 30 leaders. And one year ago, from a base here in Afghanistan, our troops launched the operation that killed Osama bin Laden. The goal that I set — to defeat al Qaeda and deny it a chance to rebuild — is now within our reach.
I’m not really sure what planet that dude is on, but it ain’t planet Earth with the rest of us mere mortals. al Qaeda has branches all over the world, and they still have a large bullseye on the Big and Little Satans. No matter the name of the TERRORIST group, they are all the same in their goals. Destroy Western civilization, and kill any who do not submit to their phony god.
Oh, and then there is this:
Fourth, we’re pursuing a negotiated peace. In coordination with the Afghan government, my administration has been in direct discussions with the Taliban. We’ve made it clear that they can be a part of this future if they break with al Qaeda, renounce violence and abide by Afghan laws. Many members of the Taliban — from foot soldiers to leaders — have indicated an interest in reconciliation. The path to peace is now set before them. Those who refuse to walk it will face strong Afghan security forces, backed by the United States and our allies.
Really? Dude….put down the doobie, K? Rational human beings don’t ‘negotiate with terrorists’. The Taliban? Just another name for evil Islamonazis, and they are terrorists. Simple. The Afghans are not our partners in this ‘war’. They are as much the enemy as the North Vietnamese were during that ‘conflict’.
Oh, and isn’t it interesting that BO chose the one year anniversary of bin Laden’s death? Which, naturally, he is taking the credit for…as usual. Take credit for what he didn’t do, while blaming others for he did do. Gosh! What a ‘leader’, eh?
This future is only within reach because of our men and women in uniform. Time and again, they have answered the call to serve in distant and dangerous places. In an age when so many institutions have come up short, these Americans stood tall. They met their responsibilities to one another, and to the flag they serve under. I just met with some of them and told them that as Commander-in-Chief, I could not be prouder. And in their faces, we see what is best in ourselves and our country.
Our soldiers, our sailors, our airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and civilians in Afghanistan have done their duty. Now we must summon that same sense of common purpose. We must give our veterans and military families the support they deserve, and the opportunities they have earned. And we must redouble our efforts to build a nation worthy of their sacrifice.
Did you know that military family and friends have to buy their soldier the equipment needed to keep them safe? Well, at least as safe as possible in a war zone. Why? Because the freakin’ military doesn’t have the money needed to supply our troops, that’s why!
Where are all our tax dollars going that is suppose to keep us safe from the evil that is rampant in the world? Gee, where should I start? How about those who believe they are owed a check off YOUR hard earned dollars? Maybe it’s the over bloated government spending on useless crap? Or how about the salaries that pay our so called ‘public servants’ who do nothing but whine and complain they aren’t getting their ‘fair share’? Do you know who are not getting their fair share? That would be the men and women of our military! No government employee should EVER make more in a year than the lowest ranked in our military. NEVER EVER!
Do you know how many pairs of boots I sent to Iraq and Afghanistan? And I don’t even have a family member serving! Well, that’s neither here nor there. The issue is why isn’t our military given the BEST of EVERYTHING????? Is it because Michelle has to take her monthly vacation to the tune of a half mil?
Yeah…I better stop now. I promised myself, I wasn’t going to be angry anymore. Believe me, that’s a real hard promise to keep, but I am trying!