Tuesday, December 1, 2009


The long awaited speech has been made.

President BO stood before cadets at West Point, cadets who were preparing themselves to do what he refuses to do: to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, and the people it empowers.

I'll not copy the whole speech on this post. If you want to check my facts, you can read the entire transcript of the speech HERE.

He began by recalling "...why America and our allies were compelled to fight a war in Afghanistan in the first place."

President BO spoke of the 9/11 attacks and our response in Afghanistan, concluding that discourse with, "Within a matter of months, Al Qaeda was scattered and many of its operatives were killed. The Taliban was driven from power and pushed back on its heels. A place that had known decades of fear now had reason to hope."

Then, in a speech that was supposed to be about Afghanistan, he found it necessary to insert what had to be a jab at the Bush administration, saying, "Then, in early 2003, the decision was made to wage a second war in Iraq. The wrenching debate over the Iraq war is well-known and need not be repeated here...drew the dominant share of our troops..."

President BO went on to tell us how responsible he is being by beginning to remove our troops from Iraq, after which he, ironically, told us how we have "...given Iraqis a chance to shape their future, and we are successfully leaving Iraq to its people."

How about that! In one breath he castigates us for being in Iraq and congratulates us for doing a good job there.

When he finally got back to the reason for the speech, he said, "...our forces lack the full support they need to effectively train and partner with Afghan security forces and better secure the population."

True, our forces DO lack the full support they need.

When General McChrystal asked for 40,000 additional troops to do what he had been told to do, President BO's response was to think it over for more than three months.

What leadership!

What a great understanding of what the military does! What great understanding of why the military does what it does! What a great understanding of how the military does what it does!

What great respect he has shown for the expertise and experience of General McChrystal, who probably got to be a general by first leading out in some Community Organization somewhere, maybe even Chicago!

He who has never been so much as a member of an ROTC battle group, let alone had even a modicum of military training, tells the general in the field to wait, to let a few more American soldiers be killed or wounded...no matter.

Our fearless Commander in Chief needed to think it over!

Well, if you have no military training, no experience on the battlefield and really don't know the first thing about either military tactics or strategy, I guess you have to think these things over.

Imagine: The enemy has congregated just over the next hill. Recon has shown that they are ready to attack. They have Russian and Chinese weapons and artillery and lots and lots of boots on the ground. General McCrystal, knowing that the attack is coming is asked by his platoon leaders what his orders are.

McCrystal answers, "Let me think it over. Give me a few months."

Even the most ignorant liberal could see a problem with that, right?

But you see no problem with President BO taking three months to make a decision about additional troops.


Having held off as long as he could, the president then began his usual bout with "I" trouble.

He began to tell the cadets all he had done to make things right in the Middle East, and all he was planning to do to make things righter in the Middle East.

Twenty times in the next 30 seconds of the speech he refers to his heroic actions with regard to the war.

"As president, I have signed a letter of condolence to the family of each American who gives their life in these wars."

Is that the way you think those letters get done (never minding the absolute terror he inflicted on the syntax and grammar of that sentence)?

"I see firsthand the terrible wages of war. If I did not think that the security of the United States and the safety of the American people were at stake in Afghanistan, I would gladly order every single one of our troops home tomorrow." he said.

After a genuine, full-bore ramble for more than a minute, President BO finally got around to telling the cadets that he would authorize 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan in 2010.

He hastened to let everybody know that they would not be there long, because he's going to start withdrawing them in 2011, just a year after they get there!

His next thoughts were a group of rationalizations about his decision.

To help in Afghanistan, he will complete the closing of Guantanamo Bay (to make good use of our values...whatever that means), use diplomacy on those he has just agreed to fight with more troops, "...show our strength in the way that we end wars and prevent conflict, not just how we wage wars..."

"And we must make it clear to every man, woman and child around the world who lives under the dark cloud of tyranny that America will speak out on behalf of their human rights and tend for the light of freedom and justice and opportunity and respect for the dignity of all peoples. That is who we are; that is the source, the moral source of America's authority."

When did we start with that?

"In the end, our security and leadership does not come solely from the strength of our arms. It derives from our people, from the workers and businesses who will rebuild our economy; from the entrepreneurs and researchers who will pioneer new industries; from the teachers that will educate our children and the service of those who work in our communities at home; from the diplomats and Peace Corps volunteers who spread hope abroad; and from the men and women in uniform who are part of an unbroken line of sacrifice that has made government of the people, by the people, and for the people a reality on this Earth."

Talk about schizoid!

And by what measure of his actions in his year in office has he ever demonstrated that he believes in a government "of the people, by the people and for the people?"

He believes in a people of the government, by the government and for the government.

His reception and reaction from the cadets was polite, but devoid of enthusiasm.

Those men and women are not only great soldiers, they are smart.

President BO did not fool them one little bit.

How much has he fooled you?


Lone Ranger said...

I was appalled when he gave a pull-out time. Every brutal terrorist in South Asia set his stopwatch during that speech.

Joe said...

LR: What? We shouldn't give the enemy all the help they need to achieve their goals? Oh, where is our charity?

Tom said...

Where was the word "win"?

ablur said...

Victory? Do we have a plan for success? Did the message leave our enemies shaking and considering surrender?

I think I feel the sorriest for the cadets.

Tapline said...

Joe, outstanding post. I couldn't bring myself to listen after the mess at Fort Hood.....stay well.....