Obummer now owns Afghanistan

Readers with a long memory may recall that, as a candidate, Obama campaigned on the complaint that the Bush Administration had focused too much on Iraq when the real war, Obama maintained was in Afghanistan. Fair enough, but when he became president, he was expected to have some sort of plan for Afghanistan. he did not. But he did appoint General McChrystal top commander in that blighted country, and asked his advice.

McChrystral recommended 60,000 additional troops, to be deployed immediately – O’Bumer demurred, and after six months of thumb-sucking, announced that, in his opinion, 30,000 troops was the right number. At that point, the war became Obama.

Now, it says here, he’s set to fire McChrystal for the general’s unwise, and possibly illegal comments about his commander-in-chief. If I were Obama, I wouldn’t do it: he appointed the guy, he overruled his advice on troop strength and if he fires him, the outcome in Afghanistan falls entirely on his shoulders – no more Bush to blame, no more Cheney. It’s all Obummer, all the time.

I don’t see a happy outcome in Afghanistan. And if it all goes to hell, our Harvard law student will be standing in the spotlight, all alone.


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9 responses to “Obummer now owns Afghanistan

  1. not so anonymous

    The ” rules of engagement ” our soldiers are forced to follow will lose this war without any other help from Mcrystal or Obummer..

  2. Anonymous

    Exactly, CF: he’s reaping what he has sown. But isn’t the buck supposed to stop with him anyway? Enough with blaming others.

  3. Sanjay Bigglesworth

    How was this going to end other than poorly? It doesn’t matter who is leading the troops or what the “rules of engagement” are. The muj fight. Period. It’s what they do. The British and Russians learned this the hard way. And it is an exercise in hubris to think any differently.

  4. Anonymous

    McChrystal asked for 40,000 troops, Chris, not 60,000, and the president gave him 30,000. In a democracy, the military makes recommendations, and the civilian leadership makes decisions. I’m glad you pointed out that McChrystal’s insubordination is possibly illegal under the UCMJ.

  5. Anonymous

    Voters only care about their jobs and fuel prices
    Barry has declared war on US’ most profitable, most innovative industries: a retarded, one-term commie’s war, far more impactful to voters than anything in Boratstan

  6. Anonymous

    Anon at 8:02am – It took Barry and his nudniks 6 months to get the troops to the battle and then they tied one arm behind their backs. McCrystal was just being transparent with his comments about the incompetence at the WH.

    Please don’t forget, Barry dismissed the previous General and replaced him with “his guy” McCrystal. It is now Barry’s war and he is f-ing it up like everything else he touches.


  7. Riverside Dog Walker

    Sanjay is right. I can’t think of a worse idea than trying to remake Afghanistan into something it will never be. If history wasn’t guide enough, we have 9 years of experience dealing with these people and should have learned our lessons by now.

    We didn’t find Bin Laden, which was the reason for going there. The only sensible thing to do is cut our losses. The military will never tell you they cannot win, as it is (rightly) not in their DNA. Time for some real leadership from someone/anyone in Washington on this.

  8. Anonymous

    Hahahah “IMPEACH OBAMA NOW” — you gotta love the level of crazy on the right. Sheeesh.

  9. Anonymous

    Anon at 2:45 – tongue in cheek – you may not be old enough to remember, but this is a knock off of the thousands of “IMPEACH NIXON NOW!” bumper stickers that adorned lefty’s cars.