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President Obama took the high ground when, in the middle of the night, he threw caution to the wind and landed in Afghanistan. His need was to be with his troops and he “high-fived” his way around for several hours.

Without further fanfare, he addressed the people of America and gave a clear timeline to the end of the war in Afghanistan – a war that cost 1,500 lives; 10,000 wounded physically and mentally; and some $560 billion we can’t afford. He clearly has made the light at the end of a tunnel a reality – a tunnel created by the nonsensical invasion of Iraq by the previous administration and its oil interests.

As president, Obama clearly set out our goal of not trying to build Afghanistan into an American-like country, as the Bush administration tried to do with Iraq, but to finalize the weakening of al-Qaida so that the Middle East is rid of it. Our country is much safer since he ordered the death of Osama bin-Laden and, by drone strikes, two-thirds of the al-Qaida leadership. Al-Qaida financed the deaths of 3,000 Americans; now they are paying with their lives because this president has the guts to face them squarely and defeat them.

Republican Party leaders seemingly have complimented the president for his actions, but in reality are trying to bring him down for his public discussion of his deeds, including the killing of bin-Laden.

The Augusta Chronicle (May 3), called the trip to Afghanistan “political theater.” The Chronicle and its Republican readers should remember “Mission Accomplished,” a banner on an aircraft carrier on which George W. Bush paraded in pilot garb.

The only problem is that the “Mission Accomplished” speech was on May 1, 2003, prematurely nine years to the day when President Obama landed in Afghanistan to announce that he could now satisfactorily end the war.

How soon they wish to forget and make “political theater” of their own.

Lowell Greenbaum

Augusta

(The writer is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)

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desertcat6
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desertcat6 05/04/12 - 01:43 am
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Wow, just wow. Great job

Wow, just wow. Great job spinning troops staying in AF until 2024, and giving me a peek through the rose tinted liberal glasses that clearly view the actions of the President as heroic. Avengers Assemble - you got a new member. Is the comic book version out yet?

ultrarnr
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ultrarnr 05/04/12 - 01:51 am
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The United States has agreed
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The United States has agreed to support Afghanistan’s social and economic development and its security institutions through 2024.That sure sounds like a long term commitment to nation building ala Iraq to me. The President has us bogged down in a quagmire in which killing of American soldiers is becoming more and more common. the Afghan government is disfunctional and no amount of support from us will resolve that. Afghanistan has vanquished the British and the Soviets before us and we are headed down the same path.

copperhead
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copperhead 05/04/12 - 02:18 am
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hussein knows what is best

hussein knows what is best for us. Shut up and pay your taxes. how taxes are spent is none of your concern.

dade30906
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dade30906 05/04/12 - 02:55 am
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While we commend the

While we commend the President's leadership in pushing for end to the Afghanistan war, the President's timetable (2014) for withdrawing our troops from Afghanistan needs to be accelerated. We can't afford to leave tens of thousands of soldiers deployed on a nation - building mission. With Osama Bin Laden dead, there is no reason for the United States to keep soldiers in Afghanistan, especially when the billions we're spending on that war could be better used at home. Our brave sons and daughter have put their lives on the line for far too long. Let's bring them home. Let's end America's longest war NOW.

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omnomnom 05/04/12 - 03:39 am
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Yes. End the war in

Yes. End the war in Afghanistan. So we can ship the troops to Iran, because, you know, peaceful intentions are like (word redacted). Every nation's got 'em. Huzzah for American imperialism!

carcraft
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carcraft 05/04/12 - 05:19 am
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Well “General Obama” has a

Well “General Obama” has a mixed bag in all this. Obama was against the troop surge in Iraq that succeeded http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or7Vc9vv6e4 . Obama then turned around and used the idea of a troop surge to gain stability in Afghanistan. Obama lost more troops in Afghanistan than during the entire Bush presidency http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1303963/Obamas-War-Same-number-U... . So while Lowell spikes the victory ball (once again) let’s remember the soldiers that paid the price for Obama’s “victory” and let’s remember it isn’t over until 2024! Someone else the left loves once was seen with a banner that read “Mission Accomplished” also!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/04/12 - 06:35 am
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Wow! Didn't know whether to

Wow! Didn't know whether to laugh or throw up after reading this letter.

First sentence "President Obama took the high ground when, in the middle of the night, he threw caution to the wind and landed in Afghanistan"

Are you serious???? A President never throws caution to the wind. His trip to Afghanistan was well planned and way ahead of time. You make it sound like he threw back his bed covers, jumped out of bed and said "Hey everybody, let's go to Afghanistan".

His visit to the troops wasn't anything more than a publicity opp. Remember the election is just around the cornor...have to look good so he can garner as many votes as possible.

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Techfan 05/04/12 - 06:46 am
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Might I remind the posters

Might I remind the posters that the US still has around 39,000 troops in Japan and around 54,000 in Germany, 67 years after WW ll ended, and around 29,000 in Korea, 59 years after hostilities ceased there. Obviously, this is Obama's fault as well.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 05/04/12 - 07:27 am
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No Tech..that would be Bush's
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No Tech..that would be Bush's fault...isn't everything? I would have loved to see all the Liberals calling for Bush's trial as a war criminal if he had sanctioned the killing of Bin Laden by crossing another country's border without permission. Good riddance to Bin Laden but please don't sugar coat Obama's action. Give him the same hell you would give Bush. Neither are good presidents and the vote is still out on who is the worst. Though it does get easier to decide everyday....

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TParty 05/04/12 - 07:39 am
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Techfan: You're right there

Techfan: You're right there are troops in those places, but you can see the difference between Germany, Japan and Afghanistan, right?

And Obama is not ending any wars, just changing tactics. Instead of placing troops everywhere, he is sending in drones to kill folks.

Anyways, not sure where the high ground is....

carcraft
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carcraft 05/04/12 - 07:40 am
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Techfan- About the troops

Techfan- About the troops still in Korea, Germany and Japan. Yes it is Obama's fault, as commander in Chief and in charge of US foreign policy it is his decision (in agreement with the countries where troops are stationed)whether troops are there or not! I am glad you pointed that out!

Techfan
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Techfan 05/04/12 - 07:53 am
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We can blame a leaky faucet

We can blame a leaky faucet in any barracks on Obama as well. Might as well go all out.

Techfan
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Techfan 05/04/12 - 07:59 am
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Don't forget any potholes on

Don't forget any potholes on base.

Techfan
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Techfan 05/04/12 - 08:11 am
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From his secret base in

From his secret base in Kenya, Obama time traveled back to 51 years before he was born. As a one year old alien with mind control capabilities, he took over Truman and decided to keep troops on foreign soil. "Klaatu barada nikto"

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allhans 05/04/12 - 08:15 am
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I like the "high ground"

I like the "high ground" term used. Obama only takes the high ground when he deals with us, the lowly ones who pay his salary.
He had intended to sign an agreement at the NATO conference but decided the politics of doing it on the anniversary of OBL death was too good to pass up.

allhans
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allhans 05/04/12 - 08:18 am
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Can you believe that OBL

Can you believe that OBL thought, according to his writing, that Joe Biden would make a weak/weaker president? The audacity of him. :)

carcraft
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carcraft 05/04/12 - 08:39 am
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Techfan- What part of

Techfan- What part of commander in Chief don't you understand? The reason troops were left in Japan and Germany was simply to tansfer cash for reconstruction. A lot of Americans felt that Germany and Japan should be punished instead of rebuilt but Gen Marshall convinced Truman it was a good idea rebuild. Well Obama is now in Charge , and no I don't blame every drippy faucet on Obama, if Obama is going to claim credit for ordering the death of Bin Laden then Obama is also responsible for allowing or ordering the current troop deployment to further OBAMA'S stagtegic and Foreign policy purposes. Obama could order withdrawl of troops from overseas any time he wants!

Techfan
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Techfan 05/04/12 - 08:22 am
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And a quick note to Lowell,

And a quick note to Lowell, along with the other "regulars". Just because you CAN write a LTE every 30 days, doesn't mean you HAVE TO.

Granddaddy John
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Granddaddy John 05/04/12 - 08:49 am
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Techfan,please tell us how
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Techfan,please tell us how dark is Odumbers back side you seem to spend a great deal of time there.

unbiased_propaganda
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unbiased_propaganda 05/04/12 - 09:11 am
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carcraft - Thank you for the

carcraft - Thank you for the lesson. But don't forget Bush had those same powers, but I don't remember him being too quick to withdraw any troops.

But I'm sure you're right carcraft - it's probably as simple as signing a piece of paper and declaring that all the troops can go home.

Hey wait - why don't we just make YOU the President?? All of our problems would be over!!

Jane18
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Jane18 05/04/12 - 09:15 am
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Oh my goodness Techfan, I

Oh my goodness Techfan, I can't believe you said what you did to Mr. Greenbaum! Guess what? I have always thought that you, hang on now, I thought you were Lowell Greenbaum!! So many times you two sounded so much alike.

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dichotomy 05/04/12 - 09:21 am
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And I did not hear Obama

And I did not hear Obama discuss the Status of Forces Agreement for the troops that would be left in Afghanistan as advisors for 10 more years. Did he resolve the issue of our soldiers being subject to their laws and punishment? And with the recent, recurring incidents of Afghanistan soldiers killing American soldiers I certainly would not want to be one of the advisors stationed in Afghanistan and billeted on an Afghanistan military compound. If Obama is going to pull us out he should have pulled us all of the way out. If he was going to leave some of our soldiers over there as advisors for another 10 years they should have their own bases and their own security.

Lowell, we need to rearrange your first sentence a little. It should have read "President Obama, in the middle of the night, landed in Afghanistan, signed a bad agreement, and threw our soldiers to the wolves."

DMPerryJr
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DMPerryJr 05/04/12 - 10:20 am
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I wanted to regurgitate a

I wanted to regurgitate a neocon talking point, but everyone beat me to it. Oh well, maybe next time.

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 05/04/12 - 10:36 am
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With divine intervention his

With divine intervention his presidency, too, will end soon!!

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 05/04/12 - 11:07 am
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which one is the biggest

which one is the biggest story teller...grennbaum or obumler???????????

eagle
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eagle 05/04/12 - 11:10 am
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The only thing Obama is
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The only thing Obama is throwing "to the wind" is our tax money. Time to send him back to Chicago.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 05/04/12 - 11:10 am
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jane18, just so you would

jane18, just so you would know, we "Liberuls" allow differences of opinion. Give us a try.:)

carcraft
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carcraft 05/04/12 - 11:46 am
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unbiased_propaganda-Every

unbiased_propaganda-Every president has had that power. The issue is what is Obama's strategic aim? Remember I didn't bring this point up! Tech Fan said I suppose it is also Obama's fault that troops are still in these countries. I just pointed out the obvious. We can change foreign policies as Nixion did with China. So yes it is Obama's fault and Obama must agree with the reason they are still in Germany, Japan and Korea. I don't know Obama's reasons for keeping our forces deployed as the are but I will bow , at the moment , to his expertise. (Holy cow Tech Fan)!

carcraft
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carcraft 05/04/12 - 11:44 am
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Unbiased- You do need what

Unbiased- You do need what you're doing when you sign the paper, Look at Obama and GITMO...LOL

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 05/04/12 - 12:22 pm
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Nothing praiseworthy here.

Nothing praiseworthy here. Obama launched a Bush style escalation in the conflict and allowed the fiasco to continue for years. Now an election is approaching and he needs to talk about an end. Nothing hasty. US troops will quite fighting in 2014 but they'll hang around in the country indefinitely. That’ll work. Because we intend to buy Afghanistan’s cooperation with juicy foreign aid.

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