Troops

West Point A “Strange Venue” And “Enemy Camp” For Commander-In-Chief?

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

Morning Dose Of Reality: Unqualified Opposition

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.

Pay For The War With A Tax... After The Mid-Terms

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?

Military Operation v Law Enforcement

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.

Morning Dose Of Reality: Dithering No More, Battle On Left Shaping Up

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:

Each Problem Deserves A Disproportionate Tax Increase

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)

Outrage: Money For Troops Diverted For Pet Projects

Outrageous. The Washington Times is reporting this morning that Senators used $2.6 billion from a defense spending bill meant for troops and ladled-up 778 pet projects.

We’re Not Leaving, But We’re Not Going To Decide What To Do, Either

The White House is saying they have no plans to withdraw from Afghanistan. . .

Obama Not Considering Withdrawing Troops From Afghanistan. “The White House said Monday that President Barack Obama is not considering a strategy for Afghanistan that would withdraw U.S. troops from the eroding war there.”  (Ben Feller, “White House: Leaving Afghanistan Not An Option,” The Associated Press, 10/5/09)

Barbara Lee Leading The Charge: Liberals Against Troop Surge Redux

Michael O’Brien over at The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room is reporting on an effort in the House by liberals to bar “funding to increase the troop level in Afghanistan beyond its current level.” Sounds like a replay from when Democrats opposed the troop surge in Iraq. . . before it was successful.

Mission Indecision: Obama To Mull Afghan Strategy For Weeks

Anyone know anything about Nero fiddling around while Rome burned?

President Obama To Weigh What To Do With Afghanistan. . . For Weeks. “President Barack Obama will take several weeks to review U.S. strategy on Afghanistan and Pakistan, the White House said on Wednesday after a meeting between top U.S. officials about the region.”  (Jeff Mason, “Obama To Take Weeks To Study Afghanistan Strategy,” Reuters, 9/30/09)

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