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Posts Tagged ‘speech’

Obama’s Afghan Decision

Posted by AB on December 2, 2009

Last night, addressing the nation before the US Military Academy at West Point, President Obama announced his plan for moving forward in Afghanistan.  He announced that he would send 30, 000 more troops into Afghanistan through the next six months, part of a plan to begin removing American military from that country within 18 months.  The new strategy will focus on defeating Al Qaeda, training Afghan police and military, correcting government corruption, and support for the stability of Pakistan.

To the dismay of much of the media, the speech was not filled with “bumper-sticker” quotes, but with reason and responsibility.  His goal was to explain the strategy and reasons for that strategy to, not only American civilians and military members, but also to the people of Afghanistan and the world.  Something that I feel was especially significant and powerful was when the President looked straight into the camera, addressing Afghans, explaining the purpose of the US military presence in their country.  He told them, explicitly, that the United States had no desire to occupy Afghanistan.  That part of the speech might be overlooked and, although it may seem like an insignificant part of the speech, this subtle overture is important to gain the trust of the Afghan people.

This decision by President Obama has been, and will continue to be panned by the media, bloggers, and politicians.  This is one of those decisions that will please very few, right or left, but that could be a good sign, actually.  When no one in this divisive political atmosphere is championing the President’s decision, then he must be doing something right.  He, his administration, and the military seem to be on the same page on this decision, however, which is most important.  Popular support for all wars continue to wane in this country, and for good reason, but the populous reacts emotionally, while our nations leaders must rule with reason. 

Conservatives and Republicans, who are against every decision the President makes, are complaining that there are too few troops, and that the 18-month timeline for withdrawal is somehow equivalent to surrender.  Of course, all of this is nonsense.  I know that they must find something to disagree with, maybe they should remember the advice that they have repeated, again and again, for the past couple of months–listen to the generals.  Okay, let’s see what Gen. Stanley McChrystal has to say:  (from UPI)

“The clarity, capability, and committment outlined in President Obama’s address are critical steps toward eliminating an insurgency in Afghanistan and terrorist safe havens that threatened regional and global security….I believe our renewed coalition campaign is fortified by the path President Obama has put forward.”   

Democrats, liberals, and progressives–my side of political thinking–are not happy about the decision, either.  Many of them feel that it is time for us to immediately withdraw from Afghanistan.  Although President Obama, during last years election campaign, clearly stated he would place more focus of the war in Afghanistan, people on the left are disappointed or angry about this “surge” of troops.  They try to insult Obama by saying that he is acting just like George W. Bush.  That, too, is nonsense.  I only wish that President Bush would have placed the proper focus on Afghanistan.  Unfortunately, he forgot about Afghanistan.  He invaded Iraq.  He didn’t take care of business, so President Obama must.

There are no silver bullets for success in Afghanistan.  There seem to be no good options, but President Obama has properly deliberated over the facts and advice, and he has now announced the strategy that he believes is most likely to lead to success.  I don’t know if he is right or wrong but, as Americans, we should all hope that he is right.  It is time for Americans to unite.  “United we stand, divided we fall.”

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Whew! No Brainwashing. We Dodged A Bullet!

Posted by AB on September 8, 2009

The President of the United States gave a speech to the nation’s school-children and, thankfully, he refrained from the planned brainwashing and socialist indoctrination to send a message of self-responsibilty, patriotism, and perseverance.  Whew, we dodged a bullet.  I was sure that he would open his speech with the recitation of the “Pledge to Obama.”  Then he would pull his pocket-watch from his coat, wave it front of all of the children until hypnotised, and force the youngsters to become his loyal civilian military force.  That’s right, the Obama Youth.

Wait a minute…I’m not Glenn Beck, or Michelle Malkin, or Sean Hannity, or Rush Limbaugh.  Hell, I don’t even work a Fox News.  So, with my sanity in tact, along with the ability to process information, I actually watched the speech.  I could have read a transcript of the speech last night.  But again, I have my sanity and the ability to process information.  Those who would try to scare you to death are counting upon people who cannot process information, or people who have actually lost their sanity.

Sorry to break it to you crazies, but the speech was excellent.  Maybe if Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, or Bill Clinton had given such an inspirational speech to my classroom, I might have done even better in school.  The speech contained nothing about politics, nothing about socialism, nothing about the economy, nothing about health care, and nothing about the joys of supporting terrorists.  I was inspired to be a better person, and I have been out of school for a while, now.  

For those who kept their children away from school out of fear of having their children come home brainwashed by the evil, black socialist, here is the speech.  You should watch it.  Maybe you will gain the confidence to think for yourself.

http://www.dailykostv.com/w/002108/  (video and transcript)

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The President’s Address to Congress

Posted by AB on February 26, 2009

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Tuesday, President Obama addressed a joint session of congress for the first time.  It was not considered a State of the Union Address; his first official SOTU will not happen until next year.  Nevertheless, it was an important speech. 

The introduction of our new President into the hall really amazed me, visually.  I was struck by the vitality of the new face our nation.  He was brimming with the confidence that is critical for America at this uncertain time.  We are fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but those conflicts do not seem to be of most concern to the majority of citizens.  For those who do not have loved ones in the military, and even some that do, the economy is in the forefront.  Some people are worried that they will not have a job next week.  Others are worried that they will have no home in a month, and some are even worried about how they will feed their children tomorrow.  We are looking for someone to lead us out of this desert and, in my opinion, President Obama is that leader.     

I did vote for Barack Obama.  I am a liberal.  I am a Democrat.  But I do not know the answers to the tough questions that we face, and do not think that anyone really has the silver bullet that will return us to a vibrant economy.  Democrats and the President will not always be right about every issue, but the ideas from the left are the most promising.  The ideas from the political right are few, while Republicans attempt to regain relevance against a popular Democratic President.  Thus far, the response of the Republican party is to morph from opposition party to obstructionist party. 

President Obama promptly disarmed his opponents with another electrifying speech that was hailed by Democrats and Republicans alike.  He did an excellent job of inspiring confidence and hope before congress and the American people.  I anticipated the speech with cautious optimism, for the global economy relies, in large part, upon the confidence of consumers.  I was impressed, but Tuesday night was a nice first step, and we have a long way to go.  These problems did not occur overnight, and they will not be resolved overnight, but we will soon be on the correct path to prosperity.

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