It has been 30 days since General Stanley McChrystal sent Defense Secretary Robert Gates a war assessment calling for reinforcements in the fight in Afghanistan; the very war Obama has said, “must be won.”
It has been six months since Obama announced a “comprehensive new strategy” for Afghanistan saying, “I want the American people to understand that we have a clear and focused goal to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat Al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan and to prevent their return to either country in the future.”
August 17, Obama made speech before the VFW Convention held in Phoenix, Arizona where he again made some tall promises.
In part, he said in that speech,
“As President, my greatest responsibility is the security and safety of the American people.”
He also said, “We need to keep our military the best-trained, the best-led, the best-equipped fighting force in the world. And that's why, even with our current economic challenges, my budget increases defense spending.”
“We will ensure that we have the force structure to meet today's missions. And that's why we've increased the size of the Army and the Marine Corps two years ahead of schedule and have approved another temporary increase in the Army.”
“We will equip our forces with the assets and technologies they need to fight and win. So my budget funds more of the Army helicopters, crews, and pilots urgently needed in Afghanistan; the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance that gives our troops the advantage; the special operations forces that can deploy on a moment's notice; and for all those serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, including our National Guard and Reserve, more of the protective gear and armored vehicles that save lives.”
“The insurgency in Afghanistan didn't just happen overnight and we won't defeat it overnight. This will not be quick, nor easy. But we must never forget: This is not a war of choice. This is a war of necessity. Those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans. So this is not only a war worth fighting. This is a -- this is fundamental to the defense of our people.”
“And going forward, we will constantly adapt to new tactics to stay ahead of the enemy and give our troops the tools and equipment they need to succeed. And at every step of the way, we will assess our efforts to defeat al Qaeda and its extremist allies, and to help the Afghan and Pakistani people build the future that they seek.”
Since Gen. McChrystal made his request for reinforcement’s, 43 Troops have lost their lives in Afghanistan.
What happened to Obama’s tall promises?
While Obama is dragging his feet, thinking about it, obviously forgetting his tall promises made in August and flying off to Copenhagen in an effort to secure the 2016 Olympics for crime riddled Chicago, our Troops continue to be sacrificed due to insufficient numbers and equipment.
Our Troops have stood up for America and continue to go into harm’s way to defeat terrorists. They have the support of most of the American people. They received supplies and equipment under President Bush.
Remember all the cries of “Listen to the Generals” made to President Bush when Democrats were politicizing the war?
Remember when campaigning Obama said he would listen to the generals?
Why isn’t he? Why is he off in Copenhagen when he should be fulfilling promises made just a month and a half ago?
Obama, if you aren’t going to support our Troops and give them the tools they need to win, then get them out of there. Our Troops don’t need to be sacrificed so you can fly around the world acting important.
Empty promises made to Veterans do not win wars.