"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Obama Moves to Muzzle Top Military Commanders

More and more articles are pointing to the fact that President Obama called General McChrystal to Copenhagen for a 25-minute lecture on what he could no longer say. We think the General was right to speak on behalf of his troops since Obama didn't seem interested in talking with the General and frankly still doesn't when it comes to policy on Afghanistan. Obama cannot seem to make a decision on Afghanistan which makes his words used during the election against then Pres Bush and Sen McCain not only insincere but falsehoods. Saying Afghanistan was a good war and Iraq a bad war never made sense. Now Obama is 'waffling' on what to do in Afghanistan.

Senator Inhofe who has been a leading proponent of our military on the Senate Armed Services Committee had these words to say yesterday: "‘Wait and see’ is not a war strategy and certainly not an approach that our military commanders are recommending.” When the Senator talks, the American people should listen because he is one Senator you can count on to tell the truth about what needs to be done. He has made visits into the theater many times and has a feel for what is happening on the ground.

Now General McChrystal and our troops wait until Obama and his Committee make a decision while we have troops in harm's way. The American people by almost 80% say listen to the field commanders not the civilians. Now Obama is listening to the Progressive Caucus who have always cared less about our military which is even more frustrating. That Caucus has always wanted to cut funding for our military.

Sure hope the American voters have learned to never elect an inexperienced liberal to the office of President again. What a candidate's record says and the people they are close to is a better idea of who they are then the rhetoric they use during the campaign as witnessed by the flip flops of Obama on Afghanistan. But then again, how would a lot of voters know about Obama since the Mainstream Media buried anything but positive information while attacking McCain and Palin. Is this the change the media wanted when Chris Matthews said Obama sent a tingle up his leg? Since most of the old media is still carrying Obama's water, we assume this is exactly what they wanted.

Obama Moves to Muzzle Top Military Commanders
Monday, October 5, 2009 7:42 PMBy: David A. Patten

Sources tell Newsmax the Obama administration is muzzling its top military leaders, and keeping them from publicly airing their views on how to fight the war in Afghanistan.
The administration's primary target: top Afghanistan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal, whose speech in London last week apparently caught administration officials off guard.


Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., issued the following statement to Newsmax on Monday evening:

“As we near the 8th anniversary of sustained combat in Afghanistan, it is important to reaffirm our commitment to victory there. At a time when record numbers of American and allied troops are losing their lives during combat in Afghanistan, we should give the utmost priority to listening to our commanders on the ground. We owe it to the troops who have already lost their lives to provide our forces with the adequate number of troops to accomplish the mission that they set out to do.
“After the release of General McChrystal’s assessment, some Obama administration officials have gone so far as to minimize the value of the Commanding General’s assessment.

"Instead, President Obama should be predominantly relying on the advice of his two senior commanders for the region, General Petraeus and General McChrystal."
Petraeus and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Admiral Michael Mullen have voiced support for deploying additional troops, but Petraeus has stopped short of endorsing McChrystal's specific report. As Gen. Jones' comments indicate, the military is far from united over how best to prosecute the war, however.

Inhofe also stated Monday: "Politics, indecision, or ambivalence have no place in this process when we are clearly at a crucial stage of the war. Time and decisiveness are critical. As many have said, time may not be on our side in Afghanistan. With the winter approaching and the time to allocate additional forces dwindling, it is imperative that we enable our military leaders and the troops on the ground with all the resources and tools they require to make inroads against the insurgency.

"While I agree that the Afghan Security Forces (ASF) also need to be dramatically increased to adequately protect the Afghan people and fight the Taliban, those efforts should happen in conjunction with an allied troop increase, not in place of such an increase. ‘Wait and see’ is not a war strategy and certainly not an approach that our military commanders are recommending,” he stated.

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