next friggin' week instead of now, couple of things bother me. One was the way he announced the other day "When the people hear how the decision was made, they will support it"(close as I can recall, couldn't find the quote right now). Stated like a command. Screw you, politician, you don't order me to support anything.
Second, on radio a few minutes ago, that he decided to announce at a speech at West Point rather than a news conference 'because this venue would allow enough time for full explanation.'
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
Despite your mouthpiece Jarrett talking about 'speaking truth to power', YOU are the freaking PRESIDENT, Obama; you can call a press conference and take however the hell long you like to 'explain' it. I have the feeling you want to do it here because you won't face questions at the Point, and can deign to speak to the concerns of the lousy peasants later.
Just ran across this over at Jammie Wearing Fool:
Hmmm, hey numbnuts, some of us have known for a long time what the stakes are in this war and it didn't take us 3 months. Three months during which you had a drive by meeting with the commander on the ground, which was sandwiched in between fund raisers, parties, golf games and jetting off around the globe to apologize for being number 1.
The part that really grinds my gears however is leaked reports say he is going to commit 34,000 troops to Afghanistan. What seems to be lost on all the experts is that the current troop level in Afghanistan is 68,000. A tour of duty is 12 months. If he is promising 34,000 troops over a six month period then that simply works out to the normal rotation of soldiers in and out of theater.
Can anybody provide me with evidence that the 34,000 will be a net increase and not merely normal rotations?
Interesting question; is he going to try to play games with pretending to increase real troop numbers?