What should we expect our president to be focused on right now – what is the appropriate use of his office?
I think it is time we can say this directly, with no snark whatsoever, but simply as a statement of fact: I question the man’s judgment.
Can you imagine the outcry from the leftists if Bush were in office and sloughed off American Samoa and Afghanistan as Obama is now doing ? It is becoming painfully obvious who Obama is serving in this term, himself and his cronies.
“Chicago was eliminated”
Maybe DOTUS should have sent Glenn Beck..
Bush stopped playing golf because he didn’t want it reported that he was on the Golf course when an american service member was killed overseas.
I have always question BO’s judgement and intelligence, now I question his capacity to understand even the most elementary situations that my 11 and 8 year old can comprehend. It’s sad.
He was qualified to get himself elected, but totally unqualified to serve.
What judgment ?
After his performance in Copenhagen Americans will be sitting on their porches the rest of his term with paper bags on our heads like the fans of the New Orleans Saints used to do when the Saints went 1 and 15.
This guy is making Jimmy Carter look like Ronald Reagan. If I hear one more misguided uninformed dipshit tell me how smart this guy is, my head will explode. He is in so far over his head it is amazing.
Dairy Queen just called. They have withdrawn their offer of a position of Assistant Manger. They simply don’t believe he is up to the task.
G, would YOU buy an ice cream from that guy ?
While I question the man’s ability, vision, and experience to run the country, I do not believe we should use what the left would do if Bush had done something similar.
Is it necessary that we stoop to the same idiocy the left does? I hope not.
While there may be more important matters for the president, he also needs to be able to do more than just the top three things on the priority list. I do not begrudge him this trip, even if it is very low on the priorities of the president. The Olympics are a world-wide stage, and having that stage here is not a bad thing.
The Usurper is a Dipshit that needs to be on house arrest with a ankle bracelet.
He and his entourage are not happy unless they are in front of the cameras, speaking or jet setting. Clearly he went into the wrong profession.
Brian, everything that he does is being designated as, “he is the first president to….” purposely.
He IS the first president that refuses to divulge one document or any information about himself, but I blame it on the dipshits that voted for a Dipshit with no experience, no history, no past, and nothing documented other than what Ayers devised for him, falsely of course.
He was not vetted and never held a position that required him to have a background investigation or a security clearance and now he has access to every top secret in this country.
Brian, I do not totally disagree regarding “more than top three things,” but I think in this case Obama has brought the reprimand upon himself because of the hubris factor.
He has promoted himself as hypercompetent when in reality he is totally incompetent, and it is worth pointing out when an instance of such glaring misappropriation of priorities arises. When he is making a mess of big issues, he should not be allowed to nonchalantly promote small issues. And when he does, and does so in a way that suggests he is completely out of touch with reality, it is appropriate that he be called out – that we point out “Mr. Emperor, you have no clothes.”
While I agree with you in principle, I believe that it needs to be accepted that the left has thrived for years on shouting down the opposition who typically responded by taking the high road to oblivion. The high road retreat has proven itself to be ineffective.
The Dipshit hater has such excellent suggestions about what to do to our President.
Have you sent your suggestions to your representative or senators, or will it come after we have had a military coup?
I hate liars and irrational stupid people.
Mmmm, it is getting very close to fish-or-cut-bait time. Eight U.S. soldiers killed in an ambush in Afghanistan yesterday. I can appreciate the desire of a new president to review strategy and put his own stamp on a war. But delay too long as the troops fall and you risk becoming a sort of reincarnation of LBJ and Nixon.
I, quite frankly, do not understand the mental processes in this Oval Office. Did they really think that a 25-minute meeting with their commanding general in Air Force One at Kastrup Airport would mitigate criticism? Better to have diverted Air Force One to London for longer meetings, to include the Brits, whose new Army commander is leaning toward an increased Brit troop presence in Afghanistan if the Americans lead the way. Even PM Gordon Brown chimed in with similar thoughts, despite all the adverse local polls on this war and a probable national election next year.
Wolv, When Obama asked McChrystal to come to Copenhagen, then gave him 25 minutes, I was wondering why they didn’t divert to London to at least give an APPEARANCE of working on strategy.
Agree, Cathymac. For an administration that has always been fairly well skilled in the area of “appearances”, they seem to be stumbling even in that area.
An ominous note here. According to accounts I have read, that ambush may have involved Taliban fighters launched out of safehavens in Pakistan which the Paks have failed to clear out. That could mean that our people on the ground are going to be caught in some nasty pincers unless there is a strong and quick infusion of additional troops.
Damn this continuing delay!! McChrystal, in my opinion, is not a George McClellan, always asking for more troops and then forever hesitating to fight. From what I can see of McChrystal, he wants to fight, albeit with a changed strategy. Some of his reported comments are coming very close to placing the C-in-C in a bad light because of the delay.
I can imagine what went through McChrystal’s mind when he was informed of the loss of those eight soldiers in one ambush at the very time when he is trying to move troops from more vulnerable rural areas toward better protection of the major urban areas. From my own military experience in Vietnam, I can bet that the air was blue with colorful language! It must be mighty hard when the President annoints you as his chosen commander and then leaves you hanging as the carnage increases.
“Did they really think that a 25-minute meeting”
That 25 minutes was just to dress him down for speaking out of school. They didn’t discuss shit beyond that, guaranteed.
I read that Cato, 25 minute brow beating for McChrystal’s speech in London last week.
A couple of minutes max of reading the riot act to McChrystal. I am wondering if a subsequent part of the conversation didn’t go as follows:
The President: “General, if a decision is made NOT to send additional troops, will you stay on as my field commander and lead the alternative option we select or will you ask for reassignment?”
The General: “Mr. President, with all due respect, I will ask for reassignment.”
Maybe, huh? If McChrystal opts out, I vote that we replace him with that premier military expert, renowned field commander, and all-around American hero Joe Biden.
Please, not lunch pail Joe. What’s Biden’s idea again, send in some specialty forces and call it a day?
General Joe’s idea is to end combat in Afghanistan and depend on the Afghan army and police to hold the fort. We focus on al-Qaeda in Pakistan with Special Forces ground ops, drones, and other off-shore platforms. So, the Taliban then remains a big problem, if not the controlling factor in Afghanistan. So, al-Qaeda moves right back into Afghanistan. So, we send our Special Forces guys into either Afghanistan or Pakistan with al-Qaeda in front of them and the Taliban behind them. Nice idea, General Joe. Sort of like that guy who ordered the Charge of the Light Brigade, I would think.
Hillary Clinton, God bless her, stated right off the bat that this was a bad idea. SecDef Gates just came out to assure everyone that we would not withdraw from Afghanistan. I understand a considerable number of House Dems are organizing to oppose McChrystal’s request for reinforcements. We are even seeing the start of anti-war demonstrations in D.C. Those current meetings in the White House must be pure, unadulterated Hell.
Sorry, I typed “specialty” instead of special -when I know better!
We’ll see if HC succumbs to pressure and starts whistling a different tune.
In my opinion, this thing between the White House and McChrystal, Obama’s handpicked field commander, is being played very badly by the former. Although some yahoos in Washington have begun to make the inevitable comparison, McChrystal is no Douglas MacArthur with regard to the MacArthur-Truman clash over Korea. I do not think that McChrystal had any intention of placing himself in the Washington crosshairs like this, reflecting, perhaps, a bit of naivete about the stupid crap that passes for politics in our capital.
Now there are just too many nasty shots being taken at McChrystal, many of them anonymously, by some in the Oval Office and in Congress and by the liberal MSM. POTUS should end this completely with a public statement that McChrystal has provided his recommendations, that the General believes strongly in those recommendations, and that the recommendations will be a prominent part of the White House strategy meetings. End of discussion. The C-in-C ought to put an end to the shots being taken at his field commander. It is not like he inherited this guy from Bush. He picked him for the job.
The feeling I get out of this is that a whole lot of inexperienced (from a military standpoint) people in the Executive Branch are flailing around with this problem, realizing that it has the potential to greatly affect Obama’s presidency and legacy but not really having a clue as to how to come out of it on the plus side. It’s beginning to remind me of a scenario for the old Keystone Kops films.
On the one hand you have the troops in acute danger, pressure from the military and from military families, and calls on both sides of the Congressional aisle for accepting McChrystal’s recommendations now, not later. You also have the fact that Obama made success in Afghanistan and against al-Qaeda a big part of his campaign pledges, using the deteriorating security situation there to slash repeatedly at Bush. He himself called it a vital battle which had to be won and promised to do so. He locked himself in a great extent.
On the other hand you have the anti-war Left, his major base, which demands that he not engage in another prolonged war, accompanied by intransigence on the part of a substantial number of House members and some in the Senate, not to mention the semi-public push for an alternative option by Biden and others on the inside. Cindy Sheehan et al are already at the gates of the White House, reminding those inside that elections are coming up in 2010 and 2012. Electing to send 30,000-40,000 more combat troops to Afghanistan will likely make these people very, very unhappy, especially because many of them have no clue as to what is at stake over there or just don’t care.
If all this makes you nervous, imagine what it must be like for a combat soldier on the ground in Afghanistan or his parents waiting at home.
Specialist Stephan Lee Mace, from Purcellville, was KIA last weekend at FOB Keating. Please help get the word out that citizens wishing to honor his sacrifice are meeting at Leesburg airport this coming Sunday when his family brings him home from Dover AFB. They have not finalized a time on Sunday but I would hope some fellow Virginians could come out to honor this brave patriot who gave his life in defense of our freedoms.
Thanks Tom, I was going to post that same message. Once I find out the time I will post it here. I am going to try to be there with my kids.
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