Obama’s Afghanistan Speech

By ConcernedConservative on December 2, 2009

President Barack Obama addressed his  decision to deploy an additional thirty thousand troops to Afghanistan yesterday evening.  His announcement was followed by his plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in 2011, barley a year after he deployed a record number of troops.

What is Obama doing?  What can be achieved in a twelve month period that wasn’t being done in the last eight years when America first entered the country?  He ignorantly feels like he can do something different then what has been done before.

Obama explained, “Taking together these additional American and international troops will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility to Afghan forces, and allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011.”  How is this any different then what has been done before?  And how is it going to be done in 12 months?

Could this be an effort to gain public support among Republicans?  Wouldn’t be surprising with his failing popularity among moderate republicans and the whole nation in general.  It is also noteworthy to recognize how a president facing re-election who pulls the plug on a failing war is going to find himself charged with being an ineffective commander-in-chief.

Despite all the flawed issues with his plan, the speech itself lacked the sound of a man who has conviction.  We have heard some great speeches from past presidents including Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, Bush’s Surge speech and many more which built up hope and confidence.

As Commander in Chief President Obama has to project leadership, strength and determination before his country and his foes, as well as offer reassurance to our international allies.  Each of these things he failed in.  For someone who promised hope and change, I see a lot of the same thing with little conviction.

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