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And We Won’t Be Back ‘Till It’s Over, Over There! (Which Will Be In 2012)

December 1, 2009

Run Away! Run Away!

Run Away! Run Away!

The first twenty minutes of President Obama’s speech at West Point found me in a state of shock. His clear and forceful justification for our presence in Afghanistan, sound identification of the enemy, the Taliban and not just Al Qaida, and the declaration of his intention to commit the necessary troops to

“disrupt, dismantle, and defeat Al Qaida and the Taliban…”

initially left nothing I could honorably criticize.

That Obama felt the need to disparage, delegitimize, and distance himself from the War in Iraq was unfortunate and unrefined, though not unexpected. Apart from this, I was beginning to feel somewhat guilty for having rushed to judgment before the speech. Then the perfume of the rhetoric and the impression of decisiveness began to evaporate and I was left considering the actual plan on the table.

By the end of 2011, there will be no American military presence in Iraq. By the end of 2012, there will be no American military presence in Afghanistan. We will put some time in on the battle field and then train the local police force and it will be all over. Beneath the oratorical spell, was the simplistic understanding of the nature of Radical Islam according to which, in the space of two years, both Iraq and Afghanistan will be sufficiently stabilized and independently committed to shunning the path of Radical Islam, that we can leave and claim success. (Just in time for the next election.)

The last fifteen minutes of the speech was the Ode to Bernadine I was expecting. In a carefully crafted, honeyed outpouring, the elite of America’s armed forces were treated to a sound lecture on the inferior nature of the military in actually resolving social conflict. Hail the Community Organizer. We will use diplomacy and build new coalitions. We will isolate those who do not help to build this world of peace. We will respect others instead of trying to occupy them. We will hold them accountable and reward those who behave. We will defeat the power of Jihad simply by living our values. The President also believes we can be united again as we were on 9-12.

When we have wielded our pens and performed our literary and political autopsies on the speech, what we are left with is a strong commitment to abandon the War on Terror. We are leaving. Surge to receed.

All Americans found something to praise and something to bemoan in the West Point Speech. Only Radical Jihadists went home tonight in unmitigated jubilation. They can relax and take a much needed vacation…until they are back on duty in 2012.

  1. Keith Chynoweth permalink
    December 1, 2009 8:26 pm

    Unfortunately, as with most profesional politicians who can talk out of either side of their mouth at will, even simutaneously, we have to wait and judge their actions. Howbeit some motives , intentions and behavior can be predicted with a certain  degree of accuracy by those who watch history closely. 

  2. Dave Grenier permalink
    December 1, 2009 9:13 pm

    Did FDR say that we would fight the Axis powers until some particular date?

    ‘Nuff said.

  3. Kenneth Gareau permalink
    December 1, 2009 10:45 pm

    A “Billy Joel” song lyric comes to mind: “It just may be a lunatic your looking for.”

  4. Marylou permalink
    December 1, 2009 11:40 pm

    Fascinating perspective, especially the part about Bernadine. You may be the one to sober us up.

    Hope it doesn’t turn out this way!

  5. richard permalink
    December 2, 2009 4:36 am

    perfect timing; 3 years. just in time for the election.
    no mistake.

  6. Beema permalink
    December 2, 2009 6:42 am

    ‘They can relax and take a much needed vacation…until they are back on duty in 2012’.

    Bingo, got it in one. The ole taleban must be laughing up their long skirts. Obamessiah and his cronies don’t have a clue, all that will happen is more of our boys will come home in draped coffins and when the rest have withdrawn, the taleban will crawl out from under the rocks and start all over again. Bring them home now.

  7. Joseph White permalink
    December 2, 2009 7:01 am

    If we had followed this same advice during world war II, we’d not even have breached the Eagle’s nest before withdrawing, and the Nazi’s would still control most of Europe. Not to mention, Japan would have controlled the seas.

    It took us 40 years to finally start thinking about getting out of Germany and Japan, and today these people are our closest friends.

    President Obama doesn’t understand that in 2013, the Taliban will retake Afghanistan and Iran will take over Iraq because they won’t be able to defend themselves. Maybe we should simply break Iraq into three regions and break Afghanistan back into what it was before the UN and Britian formed the country as it is.

    The President doesn’t understand that nothing is over till it’s over, and just because he’ll be leaving in 2012, doesn’t mean that Al-Queda and the Taliban will be done.

  8. jochang permalink
    December 2, 2009 7:07 am

    Last night I had a crazy feeling come over me.

    It was June 6, 1944. Omaha Beach. A noisy early morning.

    A voice:

    “If this damn thing doesn’t work in a week or so, we’re outa here!” Dwight D. Eisenhower.

  9. December 2, 2009 9:51 am

    I learned early on how to listen to a BO speech. Ignore the first paragraph entirely. Those are simply “words” taken from the latest polls–exactly what polls say Americans WANT to hear. But Obama is well aware most people tend to mentally tune out after his first paragraph and don’t really listen then to the “meat” of his speech. THAT’s where what he REALLY means comes out, which is usually the exact opposite of what he said in the opening. He knows only his die-hard followers are listening then, so he’s safe.

  10. jColes permalink
    December 2, 2009 10:15 am

    I love it…Mr. Obama’s attempt to please everyone results in his not pleasing anyone…he’s getting hammered by his insane Left-base, pummeled by the Right — all of it — and dumped upon by the big middle…this fella belongs on a county sanitation committee, not in a position of making life and death decisions for an entire culture — ours or the enemy’s.

    Mr. Obama is failing in his office faster than any modern Pres…Presi…I can’t write the word in association with his name…Chief Executive. I predict that when the history of this decade is written this Obama character will be noted as the man who single-handedly destroyed the Progressive Movement in America, and his administration (singular) will be regarded as the most corrupt and inefficient in all of American history — even more so than that of U.S. Grant, who up till now, has held the title of most corrupt & inept; particularly in his second term…

    Watch carefully in the next few months as Ms. Pelosi and Senator Reid throw this cretin off the cliff in their quest to retain the privileges, perqs & power of their offices…this should be fun to watch!

  11. December 3, 2009 7:40 am

    The most important sentence in this piece: Beneath the oratorical spell, was the simplistic understanding of Radical Islam…

    That’s it in a nutshell, we simply do not know who or what the enemy is! This is why our men and women are sent to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan and yet our northern and southern borders remain open and we continue to allow immigration from Muslim countries.

    In little Boise, Idaho, one of the high school principals allows Muslim students to use his office for their prayers! The enemy lives among us.

  12. sprinklerman permalink
    December 3, 2009 8:54 am

    If we do not win, we will have to fight this fight all over again except our sons and daughters and their sons and daughters will have to finish the job.

    Pray for our men and women in uniform where ever they do their jobs!

  13. Elaine B permalink
    December 3, 2009 1:01 pm

    Isn’t it ironic that many claim they can predict what the earth’s temperatures and climate will be in 10, 20, or 50 years from now but no one can predict the future of humanity when it is subjected to Islam?

  14. jColes permalink
    December 3, 2009 2:22 pm

    Elizabeth…you’re onto something…a couple of somethings, actually.

    Having worked throughout the Muslim world several times — both the Arab-Muslim and Central Asian Muslim regions — I know a good deal about Islam and about the people who are subjugated to it.

    Bottom line: there is no such thing as ‘radical Islam;’ …it is all radical, and every Mullah, Imam or Ayatollah teaches hatred of anyone who isn’t in their sect of Islam as infidels — even Muslims from other sects. Islam is the orgaizational personification of hate — plain & simple. All Islamic adherants are Muslim first, then their other allegiances kick-in. It is not possible to be an adherant Muslim and be a loyal citizen of any non-Muslim country.

    No other understanding of Islam is necessary. In our zeal to be ‘fair’ to everyone, we over-intellectualize and ratinalize that ‘ordinary’ Muslims are peaceful people…we delude ourselves into believing that we can talk with them…negotiate with them…persuade them that we can all be friends…hold hands and cuddle-up. The fact is that even though relatively few Muslims actually take up arms against others, they all support and cheer-on those who do…In effect, all Muslims are our enemy.

    Immigration quotas from Muslim countries are low…in most cases, zero…but a few relatives of either natural-born or naturalized citizens are allowed in each year…but whether it’s one Muslim person or 100,000 Muslim persons allowed in it’s too many.

    If the principal in this school you mentioned really does allow Muslim students to use his office for prayers but does not allow students from other religions — including Christianity — to have prayer or reflection time during school hours then you should contact the American Center for Law and Justice — an advocacy law group that takes on these kinds of situations “pro bono”…

    Finally, I think all of us should demand that the Justice Department begin in-depth investigations of CAIR, other Islamic advocacy groups, and every mosque & Muslim leader in this country…using RICO laws and RICO investigative tools; and if they do I predict that there will be dozens — perhaps hundreds — of RICO indictments against these organizations and the people who lead them.

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