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The Left Denounces Obama’s War

December 1, 2009

The anti-war Left is not even waiting until President Obama delivers his speech on Afghanistan tonight to denounce him.   His own friends are now turning on the poor guy.

Obama is going to begin to understand what George Bush had to put up with.  And it may even get more vitriolic since the Leftists who helped elect Obama believe that their man is now betraying them.  Obama’s attempt to placate his base by deciding to try al Qaeda leaders in civil court won’t help him.

Code Pink has issued what it called an Emergency Call to Action:  Protest the Escalation of the US War in Afghanistan!

Michael Moore sent Obama an open letter yesterday declaring that:

If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm) and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and simple.

New York Times op-ed columnist Bob Herbert wrote today:

After going through an extended period of highly ritualized consultations and deliberations, the president has arrived at a decision that never was much in doubt, and that will prove to be a tragic mistake.

And the far Left Daily Kos posted the following rebuke yesterday:

For the millions of anti-war voters who cast their ballots for Obama in the belief that he would be an anti-war president and bring all American troops home from both Iraq and Afghanistan, the president’s televised address on Tuesday night is likely to be seen by many of them as a betrayal  — and a repeat of history.

Wow!  I’m almost starting to feel sorry for Obama.  Well, almost but not quite. Obama put himself into his present mess by cynically exploiting anti-war sentiment.   He campaigned to win over the Leftist base of the Democratic Party during the primary campaign by contrasting his opposition to the war in Iraq with Hillary’s initial support of the war.  Then, during the general election campaign, he drew a contrast between Iraq and Afghanistan to win over moderate voters with a demonstration of his ‘nuanced’ judgment.  Most people were paying attention to the continuing war in Iraq, which many opposed by then and which he promised to end as a wasteful “war of choice.”   His throw-away line contrasting Afghanistan as the ignored “war of necessity” hardly got any attention at the time.

Shortly after taking office, the president announced a major change in strategy in Afghanistan.  He  sent 21,000 more troops and appointed General Stanley McChrystal as his new field commander.   He hoped the problem would go away, but wars are stubborn things.   General McChrystal told the president that he needed 40,000 more troops (in addition to the original increase of 21,000) as the minimum needed to turn things around and to have a chance to win.  Obama dithered for about three months before now apparently deciding to give McChrystal 3/4 of a loaf (about 10,000 less troops than he requested) and to beg our allies to make up the difference.

Ironically, Obama will have to look increasingly to the Republicans in Congress  for support as he continues to prosecute his “war of necessity.”   As his poll numbers continue to plummet, Obama will have to take support from wherever he can still get it.

  1. Carterthewriter permalink
    December 1, 2009 7:42 am

    The only thing the left is good at is denouncing something. They really do not give a damned what it is about.

    • Leftist Revolutionary permalink
      December 1, 2009 7:51 am

      Right, and which party is infamously the party of “no” again?

      War is everything.

      The left denounce war.

      Therefore, the left denounce everything.


      • Carterthewriter permalink
        December 1, 2009 10:51 am

        I suppose you believe that the ‘Right’ bombed the World Trade Center, too. Very smart.

  2. politicalmoxie permalink
    December 1, 2009 8:13 am

    Obama should read c0nservative tweeters…although too long coming, on Afghanistan, we support his decision. When Obama was campaigning and promising to clean up Afghanistan, who was advising this man? Now that he has ramped up the situation, those of us who care about our service men and women, need to care about and support them.
    This adminstration has no clue…they have shown over and over they have a “hay-seed, Johnny-come-lately” mentality.

    One conservative tweeter has an avatar that reads:
    Come Over To The Dark Side
    We have Cookies

  3. saja permalink
    December 1, 2009 8:27 am

    Klein, what did you say? War is a stubborn thing? Time to reinstate the draft so guys like you can send your family members over there to fight. May make you think twice about being a chickenhawk. I did my time during Vietnam, and now my kids are volunteering to cover for you.

    • Joseph Klein permalink
      December 1, 2009 9:25 am

      Saja – I think you are getting worked up over a red herring. I didn’t say whether it is wise policy or not to escalate or withdraw. My post simply points out that Obama’s Leftist base is turning on him as they feel betrayed by his anti-war campaign. Now he is beginning to find out the hard way the difference between campaigning and governing.

      Thank you for your service and your kids’ service to the country. But that does not give you any special privileges when it comes to expressing one’s opinions.

  4. debarrio permalink
    December 1, 2009 9:57 am

    When (and if) Obama announces a troop increase tonight, it will officially render the anti-war left obsolete and useless as a political force. If Obama can’t please them, no President ever will. Maybe they’ll all just go back to their Hippy Love In’s and what not and let the adults run the Country again. (BTW: Look for Theoneius’approval rating to drop to about 37% next week!!!)

  5. Cat Out of the Bag permalink
    December 2, 2009 7:30 am

    Will we repeat a Vietnam military approach? Is it intentional? Kruschev said the United States would be destroyed from within … that is exactly what’s happening.

  6. kim permalink
    December 2, 2009 7:30 am

    Know a liar when you hear it. and change? nothing has changed for yrs except gov control, sheding our constitution. just handing the reigns to the next one. now they will make sure we trust the right to fix it all. they are all just one big bird and I have seen the monsters right foot since 2001..all presidents are picked ahead of time..what a show huh..better quit following the herd..and pick a decent man. and I am not talking about McCain. who signed and sealed the papers so now we cannot get the rest of the troops from Nam..go see the gov web more oftern and see who signed what..there are political career lust for power and money and lied like dogs with a smile..the information act lets you read all you want and all that was dumbed down we are for listening to the lying paid off media..and now America is fallen, broke and will crash..time to impeach the bumbs.yellow bellies and the cronies who are greedy. they don’t want to loose jobs and homes and charge cards all paid for by us to say nothing of medical, vac and jet..hello

  7. Len Powder permalink
    December 2, 2009 11:03 pm

    Lesson for Barack Obama and Tiger Woods:

    Words and Actions have consequences. Apparently neither had mentors either able or willing to instruct them in this fundamental principle. Or perhaps their egos were so inflated that they felt themselves to be above the trials and tribulations of mortal men (and women). If Shakespeare were alive today he would compose two fascinating tragedies about these two men.

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