Now the president is taking his time?

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I see that President Obama is "weeks away" from making a decision on whether or not to send additional troops to Afghanistan as Gen. David Petraeus has requested. The general has requested 40, 000, but Obama is analyzing the amount and whether to send half, a fourth or none.

Funny how he can ram legislation down Congress' throat for stimulus bills, automobile-industry and Wall Street bailouts, etc., but he will need weeks to decide on an increase in troop strength to Afghanistan. Perhaps, because he couldn't ram the health-care reform down Congress' throat, he'll just take his sweet time about this decision.

Besides, he could use this money to initiate and install his own private, civilian police force that would outnumber our military forces -- the plan that he has desired since the beginning!

William Zimmerman

Hephzibah

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omnomnom
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omnomnom 10/13/09 - 02:39 am
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withdraw the troops!

withdraw the troops!

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 10/13/09 - 03:36 am
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If the President actually

If the President actually CARED about the military, things might be different.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 10/13/09 - 04:48 am
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He hasn't accomplished

He hasn't accomplished anything in his presidency. What makes anyone think he would accomplish anything on this subject? He is incompetent and is only getting more and more American military personnel killed instead of giving them what they need to accomplish the mission. This will turn into another Vietnam where the veterans lose faith in their government and the American people because we are now just sending them off to be slaughtered.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 10/13/09 - 04:52 am
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Is this REALLY a

Is this REALLY a surprise,given his great and wonderous performance up to this point?

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 10/13/09 - 05:00 am
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Just this morning it is being

Just this morning it is being reported that he is sending in a FEW thousand troops. Sounds like he is going to use the trickle down theory that Democrats say doesn't work for economics but will surely work for troop expansion. Trickle them in instead of a surge. I presume that is so the enemy can pick them off easier.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 10/13/09 - 05:25 am
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I'm surprised no liberals are
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I'm surprised no liberals are defending him. I guess they're not up yet or are too busy making Egg McMuffins at McDonalds.

justus4
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justus4 10/13/09 - 05:34 am
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Gen. McCrystal should be
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Gen. McCrystal should be fired. He statement about troops requested was disrespectful to the president's authority. (those never worn the uniform won't comprehend) His loyalty to the president is questionable and besides that, the Pat Tillman fratricide (killing of ones own brother) where the Rangers failed to accurately report the ambush, tampered with evidence, and misled the family for three yrs about the true events. Well, McCrystal was Special Ops and a leader in that coverup, so now he publicly gets out in front of the president on troop level. More troops are a mistake. The president just sent 21 thousand in April. (fools forget) That group are not all there yet. The decision to send more will take six months, the Winter in Afghanistan is brutal. Next Feburary is time enough to start. There is no rush except for political idiots who want to SOUND urgent, thinking that makes them LOOK tough. Complete ignorance on display and not considering the lives of the troops. The president is correct in taking his time because his consideration for the young lives and families are exactly the kind of leadership the servicemembers expect.

xanadu
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xanadu 10/13/09 - 05:55 am
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gee, justus4, thanks for

gee, justus4, thanks for filling us in on your take of the situation. and i'm glad you believe everything you read in the papers, hon.

concernednative
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concernednative 10/13/09 - 05:59 am
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I know everyone acts like he

I know everyone acts like he didn't send the requested troops in April. Ask any General if they want more troops. The president has to concern himself with the overall safety of the country and health of the military not just one battle. McChrystal as a career military man really didn't follow chain of command which if it wasn't for the politics of it all everyone would have a problem with. That is one of the reasons our military is the greatest in the world. We don't have the rogues like other countries. This should have went through Patreaus, Gates, and then the prez not leaked to the media. But, the bottom line Obama has to make the call send 40,000 more troops and committ to a longer occupation or decide to wrap things up and rely on intelligence and air strikes to keep al-queda out. Tough call most besides extreme right wingers hope he gets it right.

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AhsanMinnik 10/13/09 - 06:10 am
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native - How many years did

native - How many years did you serve?

deros
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deros 10/13/09 - 06:12 am
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Didn't Obama hand pick Gen.

Didn't Obama hand pick Gen. McChrystal??

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 10/13/09 - 06:19 am
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Yes he did hand-pick the

Yes he did hand-pick the General. Right wingers don't hope the President gets it wrong. We hope he gets it right that is why we are asking him to listen to his Generals who have experience in these matters where Obama does not.

Irish
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Irish 10/13/09 - 06:27 am
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Maybe big "O" should just

Maybe big "O" should just quit and go home if he isn't up to the challenge. He can't handle fox news or any one else questioning him or his policies. He obviously lacks the character neccessary to handle his position...He flies off to copenhagen while troops are dying in Afghanistan, goes on 5 different tv shows and only speaks to his commanders for 25 minutes. He spends more time than that talking to bo.....guess he doesn't have a teleprompter for McCrystal....

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concernednative 10/13/09 - 06:30 am
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Ahsan, no years but I

Ahsan, no years but I understand chain of command and superivsors. We even have that in the civilian world. My boss before I became self employed was the SVP, I didn't go spouting off to the media first. I sent my problems to the boss we then sent them up to the EVP then the CEO who took them up to the CEO of the parent company. See not so hard to under stand even for us civilians.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 10/13/09 - 06:33 am
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Irish - that is all he does

Irish - that is all he does with those that question his policies. He doesn't discuss the merits he trashes the ones asking the questions. That is how he detracts from getting to the meat and keeps shoving the fat down everyone's throats.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 10/13/09 - 06:36 am
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You liberal civilians have it

You liberal civilians have it all wrong. You sent your problems to the boss. Do you know how much of a whiner you sound like? A good employee doesn't send problems, they send a solution to problems that exist. The entitlement crowd sends problems and expects everyone else to fix them for them. Geeez.

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WhippingPost 10/13/09 - 06:36 am
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It's hard to know where to

It's hard to know where to spend "obamacash". Listen to this magnificent interview of Obama voters. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19v5Kjmc8FI&feature=related

bettyboop
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bettyboop 10/13/09 - 06:38 am
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concerned we are talking

concerned we are talking about the lives of our Troops...and you are talking just like a sheeple...they are DYING!!

concernednative
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concernednative 10/13/09 - 06:40 am
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overburdened, one person

overburdened, one person can't solve every problem at a large corporation are you kidding me. I take it you have only worked at very small businesses or are self employed. Nothing wrong with that but large corporations have hundreds of people involved in things at one time oen person can't just snap their fingers and fix all that. You are right you should come with solutions but you have to get the executives involved in major stuff. Trust me on that one. Can you imagine a E5 at Ft Gordon ordering changes to the entire base. He may have a great suggestion but he needs to handle it properly.

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carcraft 10/13/09 - 06:41 am
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When Obama was running for

When Obama was running for president all this was so easy! Afghanistan was the war of necessity we needed to fight...we would give the generals the troops and material they needed to fight the war in Afganistan...we would listen to the generals....and all would be so rosey!!!Well Obumbler can't even follow his own advise...maybe executive reality is a little harder than Obama's fairy tail campaign management experiance !

Irish
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Irish 10/13/09 - 06:42 am
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"o" claimed he could fix all

"o" claimed he could fix all the problems....

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 10/13/09 - 06:47 am
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concerned - I didn't say that

concerned - I didn't say that one person could "snap their fingers". All you said was take a problem and that is just whining. I said you need to add a solution. If they accept the solution then good if they don't that is their perogative but don't just whine about it. BTW, I currently work for an organization that employs over 1200 people and the employer before that, where I retired, employed millions - the US Army.

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pah4r 10/13/09 - 06:48 am
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More and more troops on the

More and more troops on the ground is not the answer unless we the US citizenary have the fortitude to give them what they need to do the job, and stay out of their way. We have the might to send them back to the stone age, but our politicos will not permit us to wage the war of victory for it does not fatten their wallets. We will sit back and watch thousands die (just like Viet Nam) just because the politicos don't want to lose their cash cow.

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Nativeson1 10/13/09 - 07:01 am
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Warmongers and idiots who

Warmongers and idiots who can't be satisfied...Send more troops quickly and he is playing politics with the lives of our troops, take time and consider people will die based on his decision and he is playing politics with the lives of our troops...No win with some people, that's why you do what you feel is right and forget them they are just bitter and have jaundiced perspectives...btw, the White House authorized 21k more troops in March, and over the weekend the White house authorized 13k more that number, bringing the total additional troops to be deployed at 34k...

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MyChronicleUserAccount 10/13/09 - 07:01 am
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justus, guess McKrystals is a

justus, guess McKrystals is a racist too....guess it wasn't disrespectful to criticize GW....whatever....Nobamaite

carcraft
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carcraft 10/13/09 - 07:34 am
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Nativeson on Tue Oct 13, 2009

Nativeson on Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:01 AM Obumbler appointed McChrystal and this is McCrystals area of expertise. What happened to Obumbler's PROMISE to listen to the Generals?

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Niko Mahs 10/13/09 - 07:56 am
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Taking the appropriate time

Taking the appropriate time to decide using troops is the correct thing to do. As the rest of the world knows, and 8 million plus people in this country know too, President Obama is a lot smarter in his deciderer process than his predecessor ever could hope to be. My take, I really don't care about Afghanistan, or what McCrystal thinks - bring the troops home now! That's what I voted for last November, plus some other things too.

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disssman 10/13/09 - 08:04 am
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If I were president I would

If I were president I would have fired the bunch of them already. Especially after I learned they set up a base camp surrounded by mountains that was nearly wiped out. Yeah he needs to take the advice of those knuckleheads. BTW I think the writer is so concerned, he dosen't even realize that Petraeus in in Florida and Mccrystal is in charge of Afghanistan. Which raises a second question, since when is a 4 star needed to supervise a command that barely rates a 3 star? Are they using 3 star division commanders now and 2 star Brigade commanders and 1 star Battalion commanders and full colonel company commanders?

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loyalopposition 10/13/09 - 08:43 am
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The singular most important

The singular most important function of the Federal Government is to provide for the national security- - not to bail out auto unions, banks, the unemployed, or the illegal aliens. Instead of focusing his efforts on taking over the auto, banking, insurance and healthcare industries, the President should be more focused on national security. Everything else is a waste of our taxes through wealth distribution.

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55 F-100 10/13/09 - 08:51 am
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Prezbhojangles had no

Prezbhojangles had no leadership experience before he was elected, why should anyone think that he would have leadership expertise now? He is Oprah's boy, and he is tied to the Chicago mafia, and he is just a teleprompter-reading snake oil salesman. He has alienated the law enforcement community with his "Skip" Gates debacle when he could not bring himself to apologize to the officer for uttering his "stupid" statement when he did not know any of the details, he is alienating the military community for his fumbling now, and this ridiculous health care package will aleinate the majority of the U.S. citizens who actually earn their pay checks instead of going to the Post Office for their govenment checks. 2012 can't get here fast enough!

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