Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Obama At West Point

Gary Bauer, Campaign for Working Families, gives an excellent analysis of Obama's latest narcissistic speech...

"I almost felt sorry last night watching Obama at West Point. He had the task of doing two mutually exclusive things at the same time: convincing our enemies he is willing to fight back while convincing the leftwing grassroots of his party that we will retreat soon.

How else can one explain our commander-in-chief saying, “I have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan,” followed immediately by this sentence: “After 18 months our troops will begin to come home.” Our jihadist enemy didn’t even have enough time to worry between the president’s commitment to fight and his speedy commitment to retreat.

Was Obama suggesting that we would win once the extra 30,000 brave Americans were sent to Afghanistan? Who knows. In the 4,582 words that he spoke, the word “victory” never once crossed his lips. I suspect “O” is more worried about his victory in November 2012 than he is about America’s victory in Afghanistan.

I know of no previous war in which we sent reinforcements while telling our enemy when we would run out of fight. Imagine FDR on the eve of D-Day telling the nation “Tonight we begin the liberation of Europe and next year we will begin the retreat from Europe.” Why would any Afghan throw his lot in with us under Obama’s arbitrary time line, knowing the United States will soon abandon him? Surely Al Qaeda and the Taliban will simply dig in and wait.

By the way, did you notice the reaction of the West Point officer candidates? They respectfully applauded when the president was introduced, but they did not react again until the very end when Obama threw in a few paragraphs of Reaganesque rhetoric about America’s commitment to freedom. These men and women believe in American exceptionalism, even if our apologizing president does not.

Unbelievably, Hardball’s Chris Matthews, noticing the cool reception, remarked, “He [Obama] went to maybe the enemy camp tonight to make his case.” That wasn’t an “enemy camp,” Chris. That was our best and bravest, men and women who love this country so much that they are prepared to die defending it. And they have great BS detectors."