Back in May of 2013, Barack Obama happily announced his plan to have all combat troops out of Afghanistan by July 2014.
To anyone on Planet Earth, this sounded like a deeply stupid idea. At the time, I wrote the following column in response to it:
War is over if you want it – May 25, 2013
Apparently Barack Obama learned all about national security from the John Lennon Foreign Policy Institute.
Only Liberals believe that war ends, not when someone wins, but when someone says, “Oh, gee! Look at the time! We’ve already spent over a trillion dollars! We really have to go!!”
Liberals do not win wars.
Liberals just surrender by declaring the war over because they want it to be.
Read these famous, stirring words from Winston Churchill:
“I say to the House as I said to ministers who have joined this government, I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many months of struggle and suffering.”
Now, read these words from Barack Obama’s May 24th “Foreign Policy and Ignore the Scandals by focusing over here” speech:
“For over the last decade, our nation has spent well over a trillion dollars on war, exploding our deficits and constraining our ability to nation build here at home.”
Again, back to Winston Churchill:
“You ask, what is our policy? I say it is to wage war by land, sea, and air. War with all our might and with all the strength God has given us, and to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.
“You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory. Victory at all costs – Victory in spite of all terrors – Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.”
And finally, one more from Obama’s Thursday speech:
“In the Afghan war theater, we must support our troops until the transition is complete at the end of 2014. That means we will continue to take strikes against high value al Qaeda targets, but also against forces that are massing to support attacks on coalition forces. However, by the end of 2014, we will no longer have the same need for force protection, and the progress we have made against core al Qaeda will reduce the need for unmanned strikes.”
Don’t you feel simply inspired by the passion, the dedication and the commitment from Obama’s words?
No, neither do I.
Barack Obama didn’t so much as declare victory as hollered, “Time’s up!!”
The only people who are doing a victory dance right now are Islamic Jihadists. They’re simply tickled to death! All they gotta do is hang on until July 2014, and they’ll be in the clear!
I’m reminded of this episode from All in the Family when Edith goes through menopause — which they referred to as “the change.” She has crying jags and suddenly hollers and screams at Archie. Finally, Archie has had enough. He says to her:
“Edith… If you’re going to have the change of life, you’ve got to do it right now! I’m giving ya just 30 seconds; now c’mon, change!”
Barack Obama is less like Winston Churchill and more like Archie Bunker.
Rather than saying, “And we will fight this war against Islamic Terrorists on land and on sea, in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Northern Africa, in Europe, and here at home. And what is our policy? Our policy is victory! Our aim is victory! We will defeat those who have declared war on the United States of America. We will break the back of Islamic Jihad. And we will not stop until they are defeated.”
Obama says, “Okay, you’ve got until July 2014, then we’re outta here!”
And just because Barack Obama says the war on terror is over, doesn’t mean those terrorists who are at war with us are going to say, “Oh, hey, Ahmed, I just heard President Obama say the war on terror is over. We better put away those chemical weapons and head back home to the sheep.”
Barack Obama believes that the war is over because we’ve already spent over a trillion dollars and more than ten years on it, and that is way more than enough time and money.
That being the case, Mr. President can we declare the War on Poverty (which has cost over fifteen trillion dollars and fifty years of our lives) over?
Putting aside the fact that Obama’s speech was primarily to portray him as “going on with the important business while the Republicans made a fuss about scandals that have nothing to do with him,” there is one central point to Obama’s long, drawn out speech that can be summed up in four words.
Hey, America: stand down.
Problem is, our enemies have no intention of giving up. They will not stand down.
And why should they?
Obama already did.
Okay, I’m back. Flashback over.
Yesterday, while appearing at a joint press conference with President Hollande of France, Barack Obama once again trotted out his “Give Peace A Chance,” “Imagine there’s no Climate Change”-style foreign policy.
Blood pooled in the streets of Paris, and 2009 graduate of the John Lennon Foreign Policy Institute, said this:
I am very grateful to the French people for the hospitality they’ve always shown me, and when they welcomed Michelle and our daughters on their first visit to the City of Lights. By my bed, in the residence, is a picture of me and Michelle in Luxembourg Gardens, kissing. Those are the memories we have of Paris.
These are words that go together well
ISIS will not win because we kissed
I kissed you
I kissed you
I kissed you”
So when tragedy struck that evening, our hearts broke, too. In that stadium and concert hall, in those restaurants and cafés, we see our own. In the faces of the French people, we see ourselves. And that’s why so many Americans have embraced the blue, white and red. It’s why Americans, at candlelight vigils, have joined together to sing La Marseillaise. We have never forgotten how the French people stood with us after 9/11. And today, we stand with you — nous sommes tous Français.
Notice Barack doesn’t mention that he arrived late for the “moment of silence” that was held in Turkey. He also failed to point out that while everyone else “embraced the blue, white and red,” he and his staff didn’t bother lighting up the White House in the colors of the French flag.
Considering Paris as often referred to as “Gay Paree,” you’d think Obama would have happily lit up the front of the White House in blue, white and red lights.
Any old how.
Obama closed his “heavy on feel-good bromides, but light on actual action” speech by declaring:
And next week, I will be joining President Hollande and world leaders in Paris for the global climate conference. What a powerful rebuke to the terrorists it will be when the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children.
Oh, yeah. Those soulless monsters will feel super rebuked over a climate conference. They’ll be flooding back to their homes and pounding their AK-47s into plowshares in no time.
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Books by Dianny:
RANT 2.0: Even More Politics & Snark in the Age of Obama,
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