posted on Jul, 23 2008 @ 06:52 PM
It came as no shock or surprise when Sen. Obama did a sudden flip-flop on the war in Iraq. While his left-wing supporters touted his firm opposition
to the war, it became apparent to all that the candidate knew this position was no longer acceptable to the mainstream voter.
Obama not only sold out his supporters in voting for the Patriot Act, but his massive flip-flop on the Iraq war.
Now, it would appear that Obama would rather forget the surge and his own history of bad-mouthing it, since the offensive succeeded in bringing
military stability to Iraq. Obama did not say he was wrong in opposing the surge; instead he elected to dodge the issue by grudgingly admitting the
military move worked as planned.
Obama completely wrong about the surge, that is no surprise. Once again he dodged the issue.
Obama, the armchair General
Today, Obama swears he will stick to a timetable of rotating troops out of Iraq and into Afghanistan. There are several things wrong with his new
First, while Obama is playing armchair general, second-guessing why there is an Taliban offensive in Afghanistan, the reality is that this is a result
of the U.S. success in Iraq. Al-Qaida forces fleeing Iraq have been redeployed inside Afghanistan staging a last desperate stand in its own back yard.
Secondly, the offense in Afghanistan is a failure for al-Qaida because it was a trap that they have fallen into. The Taliban and al-Qaida forces have
not been successful in anything but short spurts and withdrawals. They have been forced from all the gains that they made with the extra forces,
taking great numbers of casualties. In fact the terrorists have lost several top members of the leadership.
Third, redeploying the forces from Iraq is not only a logistic nightmare but also the wrong kind of tactics for the Afghan theater. The heavy armor
and tank forces deployed in Iraq are not only useless in the mountainous Afghanistan; they would be easy targets for insurgent attacks. The Army
ground mobile units in Iraq are designed to fight in the open desert and in crowded cities, neither of which are the main battlegrounds of
I suppose that's why Obama's own senior foreign policy advisor warned him about continuing to talk this way about redeploying to Afghanistan from
Iraq. His advisor warned him of another Russian quagmire.
Finally, there is the political factor at home. What Obama does not say about his supporters is the fact that they not only oppose the war in Iraq but
they also oppose the war in Afghanistan.
All this points to several key factors about Obama. His inexperience in things military is more than obvious. Yet, his flip also shows the freshman
senator is barely out of diapers politically. Instead of negotiating to a new position, Obama has withdrawn in a hasty and clumsy retreat from a core
- Charles R. Smith
While this fact has not been pushed hard by the mainstream media, who are still in love with the darling icon, the failure on the political
battlefield by Obama is more than apparent to his supporters and his opponent. McCain is already bombarding Obama with "I told you so" and the
infamous "flipper" label is beginning to stick.
As we approach the general election, Obama is making mistakes at an almost alarming rate. How long will his supporters let his arrogance and hollow
promises and massive flip-flopping slide? How long will they allow Obama to disrespect and talk down to them? The good thing is more people are
supporting him less everyday.
[edit on 23-7-2008 by jetxnet]