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Obama Takes A ‘Victory Lap’ In Afghanistan

From the New York Post:

Gloating on air over Osama: O boasts in hush trip to Afghanistan

By GEOFF EARLE in DC and CARL CAMPANILE in NY
May 2, 2012

President Obama yesterday took a 14,000-mile victory lap to Kabul — landing in the Afghan capital under cover of darkness in a brash gesture on the one-year anniversary of Osama Bin Laden’s death at the hands of Navy SEALs.

“We can see the light of a new day on the horizon,” Obama told the nation in a televised address from Afghanistan amid cries from Republicans that he has turned the bin Laden victory into political grist.

Standing in front of hulking military vehicles, Obama gave a pep talk to more than 3,000 troops gathered in a hangar at Bagram Air Force Base — where SEALs launched their strike on bin Laden.

“It’s going to be broadcast back home during prime time,” he told them. “So all I want to do is just say thank you.”

So Obama went all the way to Afghanistan to get just the right back drop, the right extras, for his prime time campaign speech to the American public. It’s a wonder didn’t quit kidding around and strap on a helmet and get in a tank. Come to think of it, Obama would look just as at home sitting in a tank as Michael Dukakis did.

By the way, has Obama ever thanked the CIA? You know, the people who actually found Bin Laden? The same CIA officers that Obama used to talk about investigating as if they were criminals?

Obama invoked bin Laden, as he and his aides have been doing for a week, saying, “Slowly and systematically, we have been able to decimate the ranks of al Qaeda, and a year ago, we were able to finally bring Osama bin Laden to justice.”

How long is Obama’s ‘Gutsy Call’ celebration going to last? Apparently it is bigger than just a one day celebration. It has already gone on for a week and counting.

In his address, Obama pointed to the coming end of US military operations in Afghanistan, saying, “Here in the predawn darkness of Afghanistan, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon.”

Did Obama then unfurl a ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner? In any case, it’s clear that Obama is basically claiming that the war in Afghanistan is over. But notice, he is not claiming that the US won it. That detail doesn’t seem to matter to him at all.

Instead, we are negotiating with the Taliban to try to get them to let us leave the country as quickly as possible in some face-saving manner. Unfortunately, our negotiation partners promptly murdered six people a few hours after Obama left the country. The attack was carried out by terrorists wearing burkas.

The Taliban said it was their response to Obama’s visit. Which makes it sound like Obama’s words were used as a recruitment tool for terrorists.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Obama Takes A ‘Victory Lap’ In Afghanistan”

  1. AcornsRNutz says:

    So here is what I have to say about this whole thing. I am not bragging when I say that I did 3 combat tours in Iraq under bush (04-07) and 1 to Afghanistan under Obama as an infantryman, I merely mention it to attempt to lend some credibility and background to my observations.

    1. Iraq was the “better” war. Bush knew it. Economically We had a chance to bring a large oil producing country into the middle eastern market, and were uniquelly positioned to forbid them entering with OPEC and restricting the sale of their oil to our enemies. Instead, under obama, we walked away from all of their oil, which they are selling to our enemies almost exclusively. Strategically it was the most likely point to establish a safe enough staging area to prepare ground invasions in any of hte neighboring countries which gave us a problem, and sent an example to them of what would happen if they didn’t listen to sanctions and diplomatic hogwas. OBviously that lesson has since been wasted on Syria and Iran.

    2. Afghanistan by contrast has nothing more than a drug/agriculture based economy. Unlike the money loving middle eastern muslims, they are harder to sway from fundamental islam wiht western economics. Because of this they are highly unlikely to develop an economy whose products we will allow them to trade in. All that “stimulus” we are giving them is lining pockets and propping up a terribly unprepared and hidesouly corrupt GIRoA, whose titular head Karzai knows will collapse or be overthrown by the Taliban with Pakistan’s help as soon as we leave if they don’t play nice with their (nuclear, radical islamist) neighbors.

    3. The Iraq strategy was generally “let us do our job, we will then let you take your country”. It wasn’t perfect, and a number of PC limitations made that job much harder than it needed to be. Afghanistan is much worse. The sheer amount of money we are pouring into that country not only futile, but is not incentivizing the population to assist us. Essentially, they know that when we leave they run out of dough. They know that as long as their are IEDs, gunfights, bombings and other signs of terrorist activity, we will stay. Ergo, by engaging in this activity they ensure the money stays there. We have essentially turned Afghanistan into a welfare state, and by doing so done just what our own welfare state does. Encourage them to stay exactly as they are and get free money as opposed to change and make their own.

    4. The miltary actions in Afghanistan since this administration turned it’s back on all we could have gained in Iraq has been deeply flawed. We act as police, to the point of literally being trained by former cops on how to gather evidence, secure crime scenes and prepare cases against people we arrest and then turn over to the goverment of Afghanistan (yeah, we are much more the “world police” under bamster than Bush, trust me). Our posture is so defensive that activity in hostile areas amounts to pretty much sending us out on patrols as bait and waiting for something to happen, or follow the lazy shiftless Afghan soldiers around and training and motivating them (with varying degrees of sucess and without offending their muslim sensebilities).

    5. ROEs are not really that differnet from late stages of Iraq, but the emphasis on them and the efforts taken to appease muslims is enhanced. Essentially to the basic grunt on the ground, the letter of the law was not very different, but you could feel a shift in priorities. One commander I heard essentially said that since the mission was to be friendly with the local populace, avoid civilian casuaties and make friendly contact with them, support the afghan army soldiers and turn the region over to afghan control, and Marines are willing to die for the mission, that we should essentially be willing to die to avoid collateral damage and civilian casualties. These were not his exact words, and should not be taken as the official position of the administration of military leaders PER SE, but that general impression was always there among the ground pounders. and believe you me, a 19 year old kid in an environment like that with a gun makes a lot more decisions based on his impression of the ROEs than he does actually sifting through the legalese. It is dangerous beyond imagining to take a sacred greenhorn into that situation and have him hesitate even for a second to shoot when he must or hold fire when he must becasue his confidence in his ability to make a sound decision is compromised. This is an unavoidable aspect of “breaking in a boot” to combat, but the only thing I expect to be weighing on his mind in that situation are tactical considerations. He should be trying to play lawyer and then decide to shoot. Oh, and the local populace of where I was in afghanistan was much more cold and rude to us than I ever saw in Iraq. We were constantly belted with stones and trash driving through the streets. In Iraq this very rarely happened, and I was in three very different regions each time.

    6. During the Bush years an Afghanistan deployment was generally considered cake and a joke (after the initial invasion of course) for the majority who went from the Marine Corps. This is not to detract from great work done by many people, it shows a priority difference at the time. Under obama it’s a 180 degree flip. Iraq was the joke until it pretty much ended entirely, and Afghanistan was the happening place, despite the fact that militarily victory was harder to define. Great work was done in Helman province, but in the overall picture not much occured there, and the land which was cleaned up by a lot of blood and sacrifice was pretty much turned over to the very same clowns right after we left. Extra restricitve methods of occupying that land combined with a constant need to do everything through or with the Afghan’s made it extremely easy for taliban fighters and other pakistani miscreants to avoid us instead of fight us and bide their time. I can’t prove it, but I’d be willing to bet that most IED’s and pop shots we encountered on my last tour were the result of efforts by those on our dole to keep us around as opposedto legitimate military efforts to achieve a specific victory. Most of the fighting was between US payed afghan cops, “security forces”, the Afghan army and various contractors working for us to biuld wells and such. I frankly think that attacks on these contractors were more from rivals who wanted the contract but didn’t get it then they were anything else, and these types of incidents were far more common than attacks on us.

    Anyway, I could and might write a book on my feelings of this subject alone, but I had to get that out in response to this doofus parading around Afghanistan like he did something. In summary I think the only reason he even bothered with token gestures in Afghanistan was because the lib-dem message had been “Afghanistan is right, Iraq is wrong” for so long they pretty much had to maintain that diatribe after they were in power. A lot of young kids were getting hurt or worse to maintain that political charade and it pisses me off almost as bad as knowing that what we did in Iraq, which had so much potential, pretty much amounted to squat and was ignored by this administration.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    DingleBarry “White Shoes” Obobo spikes the football.
    No social graces at all.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      And the twit interrupted my evening viewing of “Big Bang Theory” reruns on FOX. It’s ok though, the remote was handy so I pre-empted him by just shutting him off. THAT is power. A US citizen demonstrating their right to ignore.

  3. canary says:

    Obama’s Afghanistan shout out dropping his ego booster bomb and then taking off to safety, while our U.S. troops are more endanger from the muslim crowds who will riot on the anniversary, if not much more now at the insult by U.S. pres.

    Truly, Obama knows his bizarre boast in Afghanistan will lead to loss of U.S. Soldiers lives. Obama hates the U.S. Servicemen and Troops.

    • canary says:

      Afghans declare War against everyone, following Obama’s boast.

      Afghans react blowing up 8 dead injuring 11; reacting to Obama’s boast on Afghanistan visit.

      (article video)
      http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/335893/20120502/obama-osama-bin-laden-al-qaeda-barack.htm

      “““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““

      UPI: Taliban Declare Start of Spring Sffensive

      May 2, 2012

      KABUL, Afghanistan, May 2 (UPI) — It is the Islamic duty of Afghans recruited into a spring offensive to kill “foreign occupiers” as punishment for their illegal actions, the Taliban said.

      ida training camp in Kandahar.

      “It must be stated that the primary target of al-Farooq operation will be the foreign invaders, their advisers, their contractors and members of all associated military, intelligence and auxiliary departments … (and) the high ranking officials of the stooge Kabul regime,” the statement read.

      The Taliban said it was the Islamic duty of Afghans to take up arms against “foreign occupiers.” It added that it launched a recruitment campaign for those who want to join its ranks.
      ad.

      The statement followed a car bomb and suicide attack on Kabul that left eight dead and 11 civilians injured. The blast occurred shortly after U.S. President Barack Obama left the country after signing a strategic partnership agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

      “The goal that I set — to defeat al-Qaida and deny it a chance to rebuild — is now within our reach,” Obama said in a televised address from a military base near Kabul.

      Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Special/2012/05/02/Taliban-declare-start-of-spring-offensive/UPI-51731335988570/#ixzz1tkxyAwjr
      http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Special/2012/05/02/Taliban-declare-start-of-spring-offensive/UPI-51731335988570/

      Video of Obama’s speech in secret empty setting saying irrational things

  4. Tater Salad says:

    The President has crossed the line this time. Patting yourself on the back while Navy Seals and support teams who had a mission to complete as “their job” and placing their lives in danger is the last straw. What about the Seal Team that was shot down a month later with loss of life. Does the President take credit for that loss of life also? He doesn’t even mention those deaths ! What a pathetic loser this President is!

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      And Brian effing Williams is on right now, as I write this, broadcasting “The Socialist Hour” pumping up the “hit” with all the details you might find on a “Secrets Of The Dead” episode on the St Valentines Day massacre. Yes, he actually had all the department heads standing in the same spots they were on that “fateful morning” at 8:30AM to meet with the skinny dope.

      And, he also has an “exclusive” interview with Hitlery and you can just see the worship in each other’s eyes. Brian Williams for Hitlery and Hitlery for herself.

  5. Tater Salad says:

    “Look, it’s an all volunteer force,”. “Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice? It doesn’t compute..” “I thought these were people who were proud to sacrifice for their country.” “I wasn’t asking for blood, just money. With the country facing the worst financial crisis in its history, I’d have thought that the patriotic thing to do would be to try to help reduce the nation’s deficit.. I guess I underestimated the selfishness of some of my fellow Americans.” ~ Barack Hussein Obama – President of the United States of America

  6. canary says:

    TatorSalad/ The Navy Seals are angry at Obama’s taking credit for Osama bin Laden’s death.

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/SEALs-Obama-binLaden-/2012/04/30/id/437580?s=al&promo_code=ECB6-1

    LA Times article on Osama bin Laden’s not much in touch with al-Qaida when captured and killed.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2012/may/01/news/la-pn-declassified-bin-laden-material-sheds-new-light-on-alqaida-20120501


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