Thursday, March 20, 2008

Obama = Empty Words & War Tactics

Yesterday, Barack Obama gave a speech about America and it being at war with Iraq. He titled his speech "The World Beyond Iraq." And while he may be right on that, he is far from reality with his way of conducting the future of the war. Obama may seem to give great speeches, but he seems to use a great deal of time throwing around empty words. One of these empty statements was when he said that "Even under the best case scenarios, this war will cost American taxpayers well over a trillion dollars." While we can sit and talk about how much the war could cost and what it has cost, we need to focus on how much we spend on other things. Other things like all the government programs being funded that are proven to not work. Things like packing bills and other congressional items with pork. And also how this country spends more on the amount of interest it pays on the national debt, which is far more than what we will spend on this war.

Talking on war, Obama offers his support on the surge that he says he was against saying:

"In the year since President Bush announced the surge - the level of violence in Iraq has been reduced. Our troops Have done a brilliant job under difficult circumstances. Yet while we have a General who has used improved tactics to reduce violence, we still have the wrong strategy. As General Petraeus has himself acknowledged, the Iraqis are not achieving the political progress needed to end their civil war."

Our troops are doing a wonderful job. Yes, they are stressed and spread thin across the world. But, what political tactic will Obama put into play if he were to become President? Let's take a look at some of the things he outlined.

"So when I am Commander-in-Chief, I will set a new goal on Day One: I will end this war.

In order to end this war responsibly, I will immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq. We can responsibly remove 1 to 2 combat brigades each month. If we start with the number of brigades we have in Iraq today, we can remove all of them in 16 months. After this redeployment, we will leave enough troops in Iraq to guard our embassy and diplomats, and a counter-terrorism force to strike al Qaeda if it forms a base that the Iraqis cannot destroy. What I propose is not - and never has been - a precipitous drawdown. It is instead a detailed and prudent plan that will end a war nearly seven years after it started.

Let me be clear: ending this war is not going to be easy. There will be dangers involved. We will have to make tactical adjustments, listening to our commanders on the ground, to ensure that our interest in a stable Iraq are met, and to make sure that our troops are secure."

As hopeful as ending the war sounds, it is lacking common sense. However, we know from previous speeches that Barack has given, he bounces around offering really nothing. There are many problems with his strategy that was outlined here.

First, he offered all the information on what he would do to the enemy. Telling them what you would do will only put their efforts on hold until they knew we were gone. War is supposed to be a secret! The enemy isn't supposed to know what you will do!

Second, he contradicts himself like he always does. He says he want to pull all the troops out of Iraq, thus ending the war. But then comes the contradiction when he says he would leave some to protect our embassy and it's diplomats.

Third, he would also leave some troops to act as a strike force against al Qaeda if it forms a base. What doesn't fit Barack? That's why we are still there. Al Qaeda is continuing to try to form strongholds that our troops are still winning against.

Fourth, he says that he would listen to the commanders. He hasn't listened to them before, so what makes this any different? If he listened to them, he would let them make a secretive plan to end the war to bring the troops home.

Final, Obama would realize that he didn't have experience in the military to be able to make a formal strategy to end a war. It isn't that simple.

This speech is just another one of Obama's tactics. Fill the heads of American voters with a load of crap as he has done in the past. Yes, they are "just words" and "just speeches." America needs to pause on the hype and see through his words and speeches. That is not what defines what it takes to be President.

Be a VOICE for the right, and not just about words and speeches.

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Critical Thinker said...

Sounds to me like ole Barack is between a rock and a hard place. He continues his monologue about ending the war to gain the support of the anti-war left. But in reality he will fight a scaled down brush fire war. This is an economic conundrum more than anything. He knows he cannot realistically end the war, the results would be disastrous. He has to keep a presence in Iraq while being able to fulfill his promises for socializing the United States. A very expensive prospect. The war is a very huge speed bump on the road to that goal, at least financially. So, here he is. A Marxist paradise with another regional conflict being fought half assed. Wow, I cannot wait till he is President! I will either be taxed to death or killed by terrorists.


Roger W. Gardner said...

Terrific article, filled with insight. I for one will stay on this until he is thoroughly trounced.

Gambit said...

Obama never had much of a plan or many ideas of his own. His plan going into this race was to get people to believe in him and that he did... very well. He wanted to capture people's hearts first and get his name out into the public, then worry about his policies later. He knew that there was no way he could compete with the other Democrats' policies and experience, so he tried to emulate and infuse great leaders and Presidents from the past, such as Martin Luther King Jr., JFK, and Reagan.

After the Obama fad and snowball started rolling along, getting bigger and bigger, he then focused on his message and plans of change. He basically stole bits and pieces from all Democratic candidates (specifically Hillary and a bit from Edwards) and changed small parts so he can call it his own. Heck, he even stole a lot of Mike Huckabee's ideas and policies but changed it into a Democrat version. Obama knew that he couldn't get away with just being a good public speaker and had to eventually come up with some substance, especially during debates. That "substance" was all copied from other candidates. Hillary Clinton was right in this aspect, Obama is a Xerox machine. Too bad the biased media were quick to put an end to Hillary's "Xerox" comments.

Now, Obama is trying to polish up his message and plans for "change." He's injecting some of these things into his speeches to satisfy his critics and to separate himself from being a Hillary clone on policies. However, the bulk and majority of his speeches are STILL the same crap he's been spewing since Iowa. Why? Because it still works and because he's still speaking mostly to NEW supporters. You can tell he's sick of doing it but he won't stop unless this tactic no longer works.

The simple fact is, the surge worked and it's still working. Both Hillary and Obama's tones were VERY DIFFERENT in August-October '07 compared to what they're both claiming today. They were both saying how they would pull out regardless of what the commanders said. Because back then, the surge wasn't as successful, so they were still pandering to their anti-war, liberal, "left" base. Now, they realize that no matter what they say, they cannot simply ignore the generals' recommendations. They're betting that by the time they take office, the surge will have worked even more, so they can head forward with their withdraw plan in January. Sad part is, they refuse to give full credit to the surge, but yet, they'll attempt to take credit for it when/if they become President. Democrats sicken me.

Gambit said...

Oh, one more thing...

Not one candidate in this entire primary season has nearly as much executive experience with running a government like Mike Huckabee has. The 3 remaining Senators have never run a government. This is TRUE experience, not the 35 fake years Hillary is claiming. Not the community organization that Obama wants to put on his resume. Not even the 25+ years of corrupt and lazy Senate work (he misses half of the votes in the Senate) of John McCain (imagine missing work 50% of the time with a REAL job).

This country is screwed the next 4 years regardless of who becomes our next President. Our best hope for a better America died when Mike Huckabee was pushed out by the biased media and Republican establishment 2+ weeks ago. Either of these 3 Senators will ruin the U.S. even more than it already got ruined by Bush Jr., his administration, and the terrible Congress these past 8 years.