Mr. President, This Is Not The Change We Voted For

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.

4 Responses to Mr. President, This Is Not The Change We Voted For

  1. As a Canadian Bill, it is scary to see that Obama is still staying over there, however, the fact that he is suggests to me that intelligence knows that something is dire and there is no choice? We want our troops home too…not sure if we are sending more, but it is scary for all.

  2. Bill,

    I understand your feelings about the war. I feel the same. However, I voted for the President knowing that his intention was to focus on Afghanistan. So, this was not a surprise to me. I am going to give the president my support in this. He has laid out his plan very well and I believe him. If this does not work it will be a major problem for us all. You know, so far the president has attempted to keep his word. When he said he was going to Afghanistan…didn’t you believe him?

    We want him to do everything all at once and just the way “we” want him to do it…He is not our “boy”. We should give him more respect. Between the “librals” and “right wingers” our President does not have a chance.

    I will not throw him under the bus. I am going to give him a chance to make this work.

  3. The Karzai government will use our “surge” to destroy its enemies. When his government falls, as it must because it is not what the people want, there will be nothing positive remaining. He will have silenced, killed or imprisoned not only Taliban but all opponents including peace groups, women and academics. And we will stand by while he convinces us that he must do these things to “stabilize” Afghanistan.

    Afghanistan is a tribal country. One tribe will point to their enemies and say “Look al-Qaeda is there!” They will try to manipulate us into doing their dirty work for them. We won’t realize that some ancient tribal grudge rather than the security of the US is at the root of the accusation.

    We can’t partner with any leader or any side. We need to stand on our democratic principles. We should be supporting the peace groups and human rights. Our soldiers can’t make peace and will be drawn into the violence.

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