President Obama audacity of a campaign promise

President Barack Obama made campaign promise and scolded the republican administration for being in Iraq the wrong war and when he was president he would concentrate on Afghanistan calling it a war of necessity. Today we watched as he mourned 14 Americans killed Monday in helicopter crashes in Afghanistan. He had the audacity to tell a military audience that he will not be hurried to change U.S. strategy in the war. Was this the audacity of hope? We have been waiting on a decision on whether to commit large numbers of additional troops to the war next year. General Stanley McChrystal the top military commander in Afghanistan favors an increase of roughly 40,000, which would allow the U.S. military to expand. We have never heard a general request less troops so we understand the number might be high. The bottom line is he has wavered on this decision for 10 months and he claimed this was the fight to be in. There is something unofficially called the Biden plan that has US troops changing the tactic to a hunt and kill method of fighting as opposed to winning the hearts and minds. He has been called out by former Vice President Dick Cheney said Obama should stop dithering while America’s armed forces are in danger. Let us be clear on these 14 servicemen that gave their lives for our freedom. In the first crash, a helicopter went down in the west of the country after leaving the scene of a fire fight with insurgents, killing 10 Americans – seven troops and three U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents. In a separate incident in the south, two other U.S. choppers collided while in flight, killing four American troops. These are not troops sitting with targets on their back but we have stretched these troops to thin with countless deployments and no clear plan.

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