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Obama: I Slept At A Holiday Inn Last Night, So Like, I Totally Know What I Am Doing In This “War Of Necessity”

Posted by TheJOTUS on December 1, 2009

Awww, Obama wants to play army.

My buddy zulubuff has a rather funny anecdote regarding Hitler and his Generals during the middle to latter stages of World War II. It segues nicely into what is a rather puzzling decision by president narcissus and the “war of necessity”. Where did he get his number for 30,000 troops?

General McChrystal requested 60,000 troops to get the job done with 40,000 as a middle of the road low risk option. 20,000 was the bottom of the barrel, just scraping by, hair of our chinny chin-chin, very high risk option.  So keeping with the Three Little Pigs analogy, instead of the brick house Obama goes with the straw hut but adds a touch of glue to help hold it together.

You know, someone, and I can’t seem to remember who it was, called Afghanistan the “central front” in the fight against terrorism.  Oh yeah, it was Obama.

Now he says “Let me be clear: there has never been an option before me that called for troop deployments before 2010, so there has been no delay or denial of resources necessary for the conduct of war.”

Wait, what?  Huh?

If you use the Iraq surge timeline, it took a little over five months to get our guys in place. However, with Afghanistan, the infrastructure is far more primitive. The lack of runways, logistics hubs, forward-operating bases, accessible ports, communication connections, etc, etc, etc, it could take upwards of nine months to get these Afghanistan surge troops into place.

So yeah, president Patton, there will be a delay. McCrystal said we had a year to win this thing and that was three months ago. Because Mr. I Can’t Make A Decision’s pussy footin’ around, means that we won’t have the troops in place before McCrystal’s war’s-over date. He conveniently ignores the very commander he handpicked to give him this assessment.

Apparently Obama’s second new Afghanistan policy in less than nine months is to send an inadequate amount of troops to the “central front” in a “war of necessity”, who arrive in late 2010, then yank them out a few months later just in time for the Campaigner in Chief’s reelection kick off.

Priorities.

I guess with a 30,000 troop increase and a drop dead 18 month time table, president present demonstrated his commitment to something. It just doesn’t appear to be victory over the taliban or al-qaeda.

Oh: Per president trillion dollar deficit:

Over the past several years, we have lost that balance, and failed to appreciate the connection between our national security and our economy. In the wake of an economic crisis, too many of our friends and neighbors are out of work and struggle to pay the bills, and too many Americans are worried about the future facing our children. Meanwhile, competition within the global economy has grown more fierce. So we simply cannot afford to ignore the price of these wars.

Remember when people complained that Bush tried to fight Iraq on the cheap? No?

Neither do the democrats:

…the White House estimates the annual interest to exceed $700 billion a year in 2019, up from $202 billion this year, even if annual budget deficits shrink drastically. An additional $500 billion a year in interest expense would total more than the combined federal budgets this year for education, energy, homeland security and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. So in perspective, Afghanistan strategy sessions are not the meetings the OMB Director should be spending his time in.

Apparently the $30 billion or so a year to staff Afghanistan with new troops is now suddenly outrageously outrageous.

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