The US President/Nobel Peace Prize winner — er, make that the Nobel Peace Prize Winner/US President — will announce his decision on General McCrystal’s request for 40,000 more troops in Afghanistan sometime between November 7th and November 20th.
I’ve gotten a more precise timeline from the cable installer than we’ve heard from the Obama administration on Afghan policy. Obviously the correct answers to the major problems both domestically and in the Middle East are hidden at a golf course somewhere, because President Obama is putting even Ike to shame.
During the campaign Obama said the US had to have enough troops to ensure that we’re “not just air raiding villages and killing civilians” — in his own eloquent and insulting words — so the extra troops should be a no-brainer. But again, US success in Afghanistan is secondary to world opinion, and that’s the real rub here, especially since Obama hasn’t yet been handed the Nobel Peace Prize.
Obama told the military Ã¢â‚¬Å“I will never rush the solemn decision of sending you into harmÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s way.” This was a clear swipe at the previous president, but the looks on the faces of the Navy men behind Obama in this video say it all. They look like they’re listening to a speech by a… well… a community organizer.
Given the fact that there are troops in Afghanistan in harm’s way as we speak, the obvious follow-up question for Obama is this: “Would you at least rush a decision to get us out of harm’s way?”
With Barry’s swipe at Bush in mind, here’s a flashback to one of my favorite video dichotomies: The troops greeting Bush vs. the troops greeting Obama. The money shot is the CNN anchor at the end of the Obama clip noting the “tepid response” toward Obama. How odd that the troops seem to have more confidence and enthusiasm toward the “reckless” president: