I’ve said it before, if we’re going to dither, we should leave Afghanistan immediately. The government is more corrupt than the one in Iraq (and that’s saying something) and the Afghans don’t seem to want to fight. (Reminds me of South Vietnam.) We can always go back if we have to, or leave a few spec-ops behind to direct any necessary smart-bombings.
But Barry’s new half-in, half-out strategy is pathetic. Especially his setting of a timetable for departure, which will only serve to put the Taliban and Al Q on notice that they can do all the free-killing of American troops they desire in the meantime. President Pantywaist has done the next worst thing to failing to decide at all. "America – we are passing through a time of great trial." No kidding. Will the last soldier out of the GWOT please close the door? Meanwhile, keep your heads down out there.
UPDATE: Military analyst Ralph Peters agrees: "Our president is setting up our military to fail." Yep and, meanwhile, sending the enemy more American targets to shoot at.
You have to wonder why Barry is so intent on sucking up to Mad Mahmoud that he won’t do the heretofore obvious "The American people are with you guys" for the Iran protestors (see the cartoon at the bottom at the link). I mean, it’s not like he has to pledge any money or anything. Speaking of money, whose payroll is President Pantywaist on, here? Even the most murderous Chicago wiseguys don’t have time for the Mad Mullahs.
UPDATE: Well, he finally said something, though cBS decided not to use it. Whose side are they on? And, then, on Saturday, with the regime’s security forces shooting down people in the streets, he said more. Good words, these, just rather late. And too bad they only came in a press release. He didn’t care enough to make a speech. What a wuss.
Well, at least one Euro was unimpressed with Barry’s first around-the-world whirl, to say the least:
"So The One retired triumphant, having secured a massive contribution of 5,000 extra troops – all of them non-combatant, of course – which must really have put the wind up the Taliban, at the prospect of 5,000 more infidel cooks and bottle-washers swarming into the less hazardous regions of Afghanistan."
Not to mention his brilliant, mid-tour non-response to the North Korean missile launch:
"President Pantywaist is hopping mad and he has a strategy to cut Kim down to size: he is going to slice $1.4bn off America’s missile defence programme, presumably on the calculation that Kim would feel it unsporting to hit a sitting duck, so that will spoil his fun."
Well, we already knew Barry was President Thin-skin and all that goes with that little defect. But it’s nice to read some news about him for a change. Only odd that we have to go across the pond for it.
MORE: Bowing, or licking Saudi Muslim King Abdullah’s boots? I say bowing, but you never know. As one commenter at the link said, we can be pleased it was not a curtsy.