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megimoo
11-27-2009, 04:17 PM
In his speech to the nation on Tuesday, President Barack Obama must persuade supporters who thought they’d voted for an anti-war president to back a plan expected to roughly double the number of troops in Afghanistan from when he took office.

Obama’s rise as a national political figure was fueled by his early opposition to the war in Iraq, which distinguished him from primary foes who’d initially backed the invasion and which quickly won him the support of millions who had grown weary of that conflict.

While he repeatedly talked on the campaign trail about directing more resources to the fight in Afghanistan, many of his supporters took that rhetoric primarily as a critique of President George W. Bush’s military priorities.

“It was an excellent campaign line for Obama to say, ‘We took our eye off Afghanistan and fought the wrong war in Iraq,’” said Marvin Weinbaum, a former State Department South Asia specialist now affiliated with the Middle East Institute.

“The implications of what he was saying I don’t think registered on people…..They didn’t see it.”

“I don’t think there was a consciousness in the electorate that, if we elect Obama, we’re sending 50,000 troops to Afghanistan,” said Kurt Volker of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. “It wasn’t hidden, but it wasn’t evident to voters who were focused on other issues."

In major foreign policy speeches in August 2007 and July 2008, Obama did talk of sending “at least two” more U.S. combat brigades — made up of between three thousand and four thousand troops each — to Afghanistan.

However, the 21,000 troops he has already sent far exceed any troop increase he discussed publicly before the election, even before the 30,000 or so more he’s expected to announce he’ll add to that number in Tuesday’s speech.


http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1109/29929.html

Big Guy
11-27-2009, 04:23 PM
If he had any nuts at all he would send at least another 150,000. That would give him enough to take and hold ground, then attack into the countries that are not securing their boarders. That is what we did in WW2and that is how we actually won the war. Fight to WIN, don't fight "NOT TO LOSE".

Speedy
11-27-2009, 04:40 PM
If he had any nuts at all he would send at least another 150,000. That would give him enough to take and hold ground, then attack into the countries that are not securing their boarders. That is what we did in WW2and that is how we actually won the war. Fight to WIN, don't fight "NOT TO LOSE".

Like that is gonna happen under this indecisive son of a bitch!

Big Guy
11-27-2009, 04:42 PM
Like that is gonna happen under this indecisive son of a bitch!

Probably not, he's got NO NUTS.