Friday, December 04, 2009

Obama's exit strategy~ By Patrick J. Buchanan

Commentary from WorldNetDaily
Patrick J. Buchanan By Patrick J. Buchanan Posted: December 04, 2009 ~ 1:00 am Eastern © 2009 If actions speak louder than words, President Obama is cutting America free of George Bush's wars and coming home. For his bottom line Tuesday night was that all U.S. forces will be out of Iraq by mid-2011 and the U.S. footprint in Afghanistan will, on that date, begin to get smaller and smaller. Yet the gap between the magnitude of the crisis he described and the action he is taking is the Grand Canyon. Listing the stakes in Afghanistan, Obama might have been FDR in a fireside chat about America's war against a Japanese empire that had just smashed the fleet at Pearl Harbor, seized the Philippines, Guam and Wake, and was moving on Midway. Consider the apocalyptic rhetoric: "(A)s commander in chief, I have determined that it is in our vital national interest ..." "If I did not think that the security of the United States and the safety of the American people were at stake ..." "For what is at stake is not simply a test of NATO's credibility; what's at stake is the security of our allies and the common security of the world." After that preamble, one might expect the announcement of massive U.S. air strikes on some rogue nation. Yet what was the action decided upon? "I ... will send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. After 18 months, our troops will begin to come home." READ FULL STORY >
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