July 01, 2009
So Much For "Listening to the Generals"
Piling on to his astonishing track record predicting the success of the Surge months after even the most skeptical observers had admitted they were wrong, the Ob-Amateur Hour continues its patented comedy stylings:
National security adviser James L. Jones told U.S. military commanders here last week that the Obama administration wants to hold troop levels here flat for now, and focus instead on carrying out the previously approved strategy of increased economic development, improved governance and participation by the Afghan military and civilians in the conflict.
The message seems designed to cap expectations that more troops might be coming, though the administration has not ruled out additional deployments in the future. Jones was carrying out directions from President Obama, who said recently, "My strong view is that we are not going to succeed simply by piling on more and more troops."
Well, at least he's consistent. Consistently clueless, that is:
Barack Obama said it was “fair” to notice that he did not anticipate that the surge of U.S. troops into Iraq would be coincident with the so-called Sunni Awakening and the decisions of Shia militias to reduce their footprints, the combination of which led to measurable declines in violence.
In an interview with ABC’s Terry Moran, Obama said that he “did not anticipate, and I think that this is a fair characterization, the convergence of not only the surge but the Sunni awakening in which a whole host of Sunni tribal leaders decided that they had had enough with Al Qaeda, in the Shii’a community the militias standing down to some degrees. So what you had is a combination of political factors inside of Iraq that then came right at the same time as terrific work by our troops. Had those political factors not occurred, I think that my assessment would have been correct.”
After admitting the surge worked Obama tells Terry Moran with ABC News that despite the progress in Iraq he still would not have supported the surge.
Moran: “‘[T]he surge of U.S. troops, combined with ordinary Iraqis’ rejection of both al Qaeda and Shiite extremists have transformed the country.
Attacks are down more than 80% nationwide. U.S. combat casualties have plummeted, five this month so far, compared with 78 last July, and Baghdad has a pulse again.’
If you had to do it over again, knowing what you know now, would you — would you support the surge?”
Obama: “No, because — keep in mind that -”
Moran: “You wouldn’t?”
Obama: “Well, no, keep — these kinds of hypotheticals are very difficult . Hindsight is 20/20. I think what I am absolutely convinced of is that at that time, we had to change the political debate, because the view of the Bush administration at that time was one that I just disagreed with.”
You can't make this stuff up. Fortunately, with The Won in command we don't have to.
Posted by Cassandra at July 1, 2009 04:01 PM
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The man is not a warrior; he has no reason to understand these things. His mouth is full, but his words are empty.
The Marines have begun a strong offensive in Afghanistan. They know no other kind.
Words will fail when deeds rush past them. Bold men, doing great deeds, will quickly strip what little power remains. What then?
Posted by: Grim at July 1, 2009 10:51 PM
His mouth is full...
...which is a marvel in itself, considering he's constantly speaking out of both sides of it.
...the Obama administration wants to hold troop levels here flat for now, and focus instead on carrying out the previously approved strategy of increased economic development, improved governance and participation by the Afghan military and civilians in the conflict.
Placing *focus* on the previously-approved strategy is easy; the hard part will be *implementing* it unless there is sufficient troop strength to insure the security of those implementing the strategy.
And, in order to provide that security, some troops have to be actively hunting and ambushing the dirtbags in their hidey-holes while others are actively training the ANA and police, training village defense forces, and helping keep the economic developers alive long enough to accomplish something.
Are there sufficient troops in theater to accomplish all that? Judging from the flurry of contractor/mercenary job offers I've received over the past few months, the answer is "Nope"...
Posted by: BillT at July 2, 2009 03:01 AM
Well, no, keep — these kinds of hypotheticals are very difficult . Hindsight is 20/20.
Except when Republicans are involved. In which case we can TOTALLY hold them accountable for being wrong. When The Chosen One is involved, he clearly can't be wrong so the decision he made back then was CLEARLY the right one.
Posted by: MikeD at July 2, 2009 08:41 AM
The Emperor/Cabinet & Congress have no clothes, or character, or honor, or grounding in any reality other than the surreal political reality of the left.
Thankfully there are others, in addition to the Blog Princess and the growing disillusioned, aka commenters, who see the disgusting, despicable characters for who and what they are. I suspect that number will only grow.
Yup, Lyndon Baines Johnson/Robert Strange McNamara, James Earl Carter Jr./Zbigniew Effin Brzezinski, and Willy Jeff Clinton/Hillary will all be made more shiny after the dust settles on this era of the self-proclaimed adults being in charge of knocking the shine off of the country.
As for me? Lately I just tell folks that my ever increasing use of profanity when reading or listening to the news is due to Tourette's Syndrome.
Posted by: bt-the resident-curmudgeon_hun at July 2, 2009 12:20 PM
I have the uneasy feeling that BHO is secretly hoping for a violent resurgence in Iran on the part of the Sunnis and Al qaeda sub-prime personnel. He would have no qualms leveraging a series of bazaar car bombs, motorcycle riders with bomb vests and the odd female bomber sent into the nearest town square.
The situation has reached the point of believability that he serially says one thing and does the opposite. He turned his back on the Iranian democracy seeking demonstrators to appease the Mullahs and then embraced a third world dictator subverting the Honduran constitution who was summarily thrown out of the country.
I also can't help but think that he is thumbing his nose at us by attempting to set a record of having more czars than Russia. It is time for the tide to start turning against his Obamaness. The honeymoon is over and the divorce proceedings are beginning Regarding egos, size does matter!
Posted by: vet66 at July 2, 2009 05:27 PM
Vet66, M'lady, and attending villains, HIS I-WONness turns his back on all but a select few.
Of interest is who receives the back and who receives the bow from a U.S. President. Yeah Carter's four years n the White House looks like the gold standard by comparison. And I never would have imagined that to be possible. Not in my lifetime. Simply unbelievable...
Then there is the LOOK OF MENACE® reserved for those who merit special disOBAMAdain.
If it was not for the suffering of our nation from the poor choices in leadership made this past year by ≈⅓ of the voting public, ±ACORN padding, I would laugh...
Posted by: bt-the resident-curmudgeon_hun at July 2, 2009 05:53 PM
Whether or not Obama wants the Islamo-fascists to win, he definitely wants America to fail.
Posted by: pst314 at July 3, 2009 10:49 AM
Hey, I recognize the "LOOK OF MENACE®" -- that's the way Whatzizface used to look in the "Before" pix in those Metamucil® commercials back in the '50s...
Posted by: BillT at July 3, 2009 12:30 PM
"Hey, I recognize the "LOOK OF MENACE®" -- that's the way Whatzizface used to look in the "Before" pix in those Metamucil® commercials back in the '50s..."Har! Indeed. And the infamous bow, what bow?, would have made a great spot for Arthur Godfrey's sponsor, Geritol! Iron poor blood.
Posted by: bt-the resident-curmudgeon_hun at July 3, 2009 12:57 PM
Authur Godfrey's show was The Original Amateur Hour for all you young whippersnappers out there.
Hmmm, come to think of it, HIS I-WONness could have provided the show with material for at least four years, if it were still in production...
Of course HIS I-WONness would probably seek a controlling interest in the show if it were still in production.
Posted by: bt-the resident-curmudgeon_hun at July 3, 2009 01:03 PM
Geritol! Iron poor blood.
MadAve in the '50s: "Doctors call it 'iron-deficiency anemia' -- we call it 'tired blood'..."
MadAve today: "Scientists call it 'normal multimillennial climate change' -- we call it 'anthropogenic global warming'..."
Posted by: BillT at July 3, 2009 02:33 PM
"LOOK OF MENACE®
Hey now! What have I ever done to you to be insulted so?
Posted by: Masked Menace at July 3, 2009 03:14 PM
Dear Masked Menace,
Please sue POTUS and/or Drudge for infringement, for I am but a lowly messenger.
*exits, stage right*
DISCLAIMER: The "LOOK OF MENACE®" and the glare of The Masked Menace™* are in no way affiliated with, sponsored by, nor disbursed to minors from the pixels of the Curmudgeon known as Hun.
All rights to said monikers are reserved to the parties who have legally binding claims. All alcohol is chilled to proper temperature before serving. And remember, friends don't let friends vote democrat.
Be careful out there.
Posted by: bt-the resident-curmudgeon_hun at July 3, 2009 03:34 PM
Didn't Astrud Gilberto do "LOOK OF MENACE®" with Burt Bacharach a while bach -- errr -- back?
THE LOOK OF MENACE® IS IN YOUR EYES
A LOOK YOUR GRIMACE CAN'T DISGUISE
THE LOOK OF MENACE®
IS SAYING SO MUCH MORE
THAN WORDS COULD EVER SAY
AND WHAT MY HEART HAS HEARD,
IT TAKES MY BREATH AWAY
I CAN HARDLY WAIT TO HOLD YOU
FEEL MY ARMS AROUND YOU
HOW LONG HAVE I WAITED?
WAITED JUST TO MENACE YOU
NOW THAT I HAVE FOUND YOU...
Posted by: BillT at July 3, 2009 04:37 PM
Burt told me to tell you to take off the Kevlar, Nehru jacket and pay up with the royalties!
*thinks he's gonna slip usage of that tune by me without paying... why he think I got in with the Psychic Friends Network in the first place...*
Posted by: Dionne Warwick at July 3, 2009 05:02 PM
Jim Jones said that to the leaders of the troops tasked with the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and the fact that he did it in the name of Obama does not excuse him, much. In the CINC's name, Jones declared that no matter what the facts on the ground turned out to be that the CINC was unwilling to consider sending more soldiers so suck it up. Sounds like a marine. Reads like LBJs advisors and the whizz kids.
Posted by: Curtis at July 3, 2009 06:55 PM
Huh. And here I thought Jim Jones had told his troops that if they all drank the Kool-Aid, they wouldn't have to leave Jonestown.
Buuuut I could be mistaken -- it's been a while.
Posted by: BillT at July 4, 2009 03:19 AM
"You can't make this stuff up. Fortunately, with The Won in command we don't have to."
"The Won", eh? I like it; the term, not its subject...
Posted by: camojack at July 7, 2009 01:26 AM