Well, it took long enough.
Barack H. Obama, filling his triple role as President of the United States, Commander in Chief of the US Military, and Savior of the Universe (even better than Flash! Ah-ahhhhh!) has decreed after much deliberation, a whole lot more waiting, and a couple of quick phone calls to his general in charge of what he called a “war of necessity” that the general actually does need more troops… just not as many as he requested. In a self-referential ego-tastic speech, General Zero announced a surge of 30,000 troops nearly 3 months after his delayed response on Afghanistan and refusal to meet with his general until the cameras were on became international news.
What a genius! He told us all during the election how necessary the war in Afghanistan was and how Bush (and by extension, John McCain) were so stupid and evil for focusing their attention on that eeeeeeeevil war in Iraq. Why, when he became President, there’d be some CHANGE in Washington DC! Things would get done! That’s how BHO rolls!
And then he took nearly a year to make a decision on what to do in Afghanistan.
OK – to be fair, Obama decided back in February to send an extra 17,000 troops – eventually – to the region. In fact, let’s take a step back and look at that particular decision, shall we?
As a part of the “War of Necessity”, the General in charge of operations in Afghanistan, David D. McKiernan, came to Obama, begging for 30,000 troops to fight the war to victory. Obama’s response? 12,000 troops immediately, 5,000 troops eventually, and the dismissal of McKiernan 3 months later.
And now, he’s again granted the General in charge a fraction of the troops he needs. OK. Fine. We’re still getting a surge and General McChrystal is reacting with grace and confidence.
But then, General Zero announced the bombshell. Those troops? It’d take a year to get them there (which is 3 months past the “we need them in a year or the war is lost” request from General McChrystal 3 months ago), and then he’ll start withdrawing troops a year later, with a full withdrawal from Afghanistan by 2012.
As opposed to, say, fighting the war to victory.
Attention Terrorists: If you’re patient, you can have Afghanistan back. Just wait three years. If you send in the maximum amount in campaign contributions, Mr. Obama may leave a ribbon or bow on Afghanistan on the way out.
Seriously, Barry – just go back to bowing to foreign leaders and winning awards you don’t deserve. Leave the hard decisions to people who actually know what the hell they’re doing.
Worst. President. Ever. November 2012 can’t come soon enough.
UPDATE: At least we know what side the media is on. Meat the Press: