In June 2002, George W. Bush went to West Point to announce “The Bush Doctrine,” a new principle of pre-emptive war – of which Iraq became the first example.
In December 2008, Bush returned to West Point to press the importance of pursuing war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In December 2009, Barack Obama went to West Point to announce his escalation of the war in Afghanistan.
This is not the change we voted for.
Selling war is no easy task. For any president. And, you gotta admit, Obama did as good a job selling war as any president could. Still, I’m afraid, for most Americans, it was NO SALE.
It’s good that the president wants to get in quick, and get out quick. By July 2011. But there’s no assurance that we can accomplish in 18 months what American troops have been unable to accomplish in the last 8 and a half years.
At one point, to support his escalation of the war, President Obama quoted President Eisenhower.
I just wish he had quoted what Eisenhower said when he was leaving the White House: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed.”
Forget Afghanistan. We’ve got some nation-building to do, right here at home.
That’s my parting shot for today.