and his speech: (updated)
And Kerry's argument for a more limited approach than more troops would provide Obama political cover.
Sounds remarkably similar to the Obama argument after killing the Bush-initiated Eastern European missile defense shield: Not less defense, but a cheaper, smarter defense. Remember, Obama opposed Bush's 2007 troop surge in Iraq. The ex-senator could try the same argument in favor of dispatching a fraction of McChrystal's request.
Or as Kerry puts it: "It’s not how many troops that matters most – it’s what they do."
And what they want the troops to 'do' is provide political cover for Obama & Co.; which means, I'm convinced, "How do we cut and run without actually owning up to it?"
At this point I'm convinced Obama & Co. flatly do not want to win; they are not only uncomfortable with the word 'victory', they do not want that. Victory would mean the US smashes the Taliban & AQ in 'Stan, the US wins; and they don't want to. The only 'victory' they want is screwing up the US military and letting the bad guys take over so they can concentrate on trying to completely socialize(in a USSR fashion) the US.
Yeah, that is a fairly nasty indictment, and I'm not happy about it for a variety of reasons. Here's a President who's 'uncomfortable' with victory, who refused to 'officially' accept McChrystal's report for, what, a month? and is STILL 'thinking about it'. And so on. Actual troops are fighting and dying and these people stall, and delay, because they don't want to have to announce an actual decision of doing anything. See, if you say "All right, if we don't actually win the Taliban will take over Afghanistan again and plan and run more major and minor terrorist attacks from there, so we have to stomp them and win" the left- which in far too many cases actually means the communists and socialists who hate America- will piss and moan and not kiss his ass, and he wants their support more than anything else. And if he cuts and runs like he plainly wants to, always has, everyone else will blow up; and if you add that to his trying to take over our health care and take over industry, he's screwed. So, rather than actually announce either way and take the heat(requires integrity and balls, and he has neither apparently) he leaves the troops hanging- and bleeding- while he plays games. After all, he doesn't really give a crap about those troops(I've become convinced*), so what's the downside of them bleeding, as long as it gives him time?
A bit drastic? Unfortunately, I don't think so, based on his own past words and actions and the people he surrounds himself with:
Barack Obama has not only said that he is out to "change the United States of America," the people he has been associated with for years have expressed in words and deeds their hostility to the values, the principles and the people of this country.
Jeremiah Wright said it with words: "God damn America!" Bill Ayers said it with bombs that he planted. Community activist goons have said it with their contempt for the rights of other people.
Among the people appointed as czars by President Obama have been people who have praised enemy dictators like Mao, who have seen the public schools as places to promote sexual practices contrary to the values of most Americans, to a captive audience of children.
Those who say that the Obama administration should have investigated those people more thoroughly before appointing them are missing the point completely. Why should we assume that Barack Obama didn't know what such people were like, when he has been associating with precisely these kinds of people for decades before he reached the White House?
Update: Uncle Jimbo speaks to JEffin'K:
John Kerry spoke today at the Council on Foreign Relations on his cunning plan for A-Stan. He is not a bright or wise man and his plan basically involves kicking the can down the road and then cutting and running sometime before the next election, or 2012 at the latest.
and it goes from there.
*He might have somewhat greater regard for them if he thought they were a bunch of drones who'd blindly follow all orders; that would mean he could use them however he chose. Unfortunately, most of the troops, from the privates on up, hold a high regard for their country and their oath, so he can't use them that way.