It seems President Barack Obama’s foreign policy is on full display, for the whole world to see. The President, seeking to capitalize on the killing of 9/11 terror mastermind and founder of al-Qaeda Osama bin Laden, started the conversation by seeking political gain from the one year anniversary by alleging Mitt Romney, the eventual Republican nominee for President, would not have ordered “the raid to capture Osama bin Laden last year.”
Following such an outrageous accusation (without merit or basis), I posted this piece on Obama’s real foreign policy record on accommodation and appeasement, specifically towards Russia and Communist China.
On Friday, I posted this piece about President Barack Obama’s record on foreign policy, specifically his record of accommodation and appeasement with the Russians and the Communist Chinese. I noted at the end that there was much more to President Obama’s foreign policy record that should be of concern to Americans.
Little did I know that The Washington Post would publish a story only two days later touching on another very serious issue: Afghanistan. Before I get into the Post’s story and some other tid-bits, consider what Obama said at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in August 2009.
“The White House Responded Sharply Wednesday To Word That Iran Has Tested An Upgraded Version Of Its Most Advanced Missile, Which Is Capable Of Hitting Israel And Parts Of Europe.” (Matthew Mosk, “U.S. Condemns Iran Long-Range Missile Test,” The Washington Times, 12/17/09)
Apparently Chris Matthews didn’t get a thrill up his leg when President Barack Obama addressed West Point cadets in announcing his plan to increase troops in Afghanistan.
Last night, after the speech, Chris Matthews said on MSNBC that Obama went to “enemy camp” to announce his decision and that West Point was a “strange venue.”
How utterly clueless is Matthews? Obama is the Commander-In-Chief. What better place to announce and explain to those he will be sending into harm’s way his plan to escalate the military option in Afghanistan?
h/t NRO’s the corner
Last Tuesday we noted that President Barack Obama’s decision to announce he would send more troops to Afghanistan would create a war within his own party with liberals opposing sending any more troops to the war-torn country.
Last night, President Obama delivered his speech announcing his decision and providing a rationale. He did so after consulting with his military advisors, generals and officials well-versed in military action and war.
Representative John Larson (D-CT) was on CNN this morning pushing a “war tax.” We’ve seen several Democrats propose various tax increases lately to pay for a surge in troops for Afghanistan. Earlier we covered Senator Carl Levin’s (D-MI) proposal to increase the income tax on “folks earning more than $200,000 or $250,000” a year.
Without getting into the merits of any one proposal over another, doesn’t it strike you as odd that Larson would propose a tax increase that won't go into effect until December 2010 to pay for a troop surge that will start in December 2009?
When Islamic Fascists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 9/11, the “War on Terror” began. America was united in an effort to dispose of terrorists and their State sponsors. More than eight years later Americans have grown weary. In the latest Rasmussen poll, 45% of Americans say they want U.S. troops “home from Afghanistan either right away or within a year.”
Complacency has set in. Americans have forgotten the reason we are in Afghanistan and why, as President Barack Obama says, it is a “war of necessity.” Afghanistan is where Osama Bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Al Qaeda planned the attacks of 9/11. They did so with the aid and comfort of the Taliban and its leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar. To come away from Afghanistan with anything other than completing the mission’s objectives – routing out Al Qaeda and the Taliban – would be to invite more 9/11s. Unfortunately, it may not matter.
In a move sure to infuriate the Left in his own Party, President Barack Obama appears set to announce that he will send 34,000 more troops to Afghanistan in a “war of necessity.”
“President Barack Obama Met Monday Evening With His National Security Team To Finalize A Plan To Dispatch Some 34,000 Additional U.S. Troops Over The Next Year To What He's Called ‘A War Of Necessity’ In Afghanistan.” (Jonathan S. Landay, John Walcott and Nancy A. Youssef, “Obama Plans To Send 34,000 More Troops To Afghanistan,” McClatchy, 11/23/09)
Obama’s decision will surely set up a war within the President’s own party. On the Left you have two factions opposed to sending more troops, Members of Congress and MoveOn.
In Congress, Members on the Left are calling for a “war tax” to pay for any increase in troops:
Seriously, is the answer to every woe a tax increase? That’s the way Democrats seem to think. It’s a knee-jerk reaction. Raise taxes to pay for whatever may come.
Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) Is Calling For Tax Increase To Pay For More Troops In Afghanistan. “Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said higher-income Americans should be taxed to pay for additional troops sent to Afghanistan and that NATO should provide half of the new soldiers.” (Viola Gienger, “High-Income Tax May Be Needed For Afghan War Cost, Levin Says,” Bloomberg, 11/20/09)
According to a just-released Quinnipiac poll, President Barack Obama’s approval ratings are now below 50, the first time for the University poll.
“President Barack Obama's job approval rating is 48 - 42 percent, the first time he has slipped below the 50 percent threshold nationally, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.”
Sobering news for a President with a lot on his plate: government-run health care reform; a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan; atrocious unemployment numbers; a stimulus boondoggle that the government can’t track; and a climate bill (cap-and-trade) that will further set the economy back.