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Barack Obama's new strength: foreign policy
nj.com ^ | February 21, 2010 | By John Farmer/The Star-Ledger

Posted on 02/21/2010 8:19:00 PM PST by Jet Jaguar

Barack Obama may be playing defense on the domestic front, but he’s clearly taken the offensive in an area not normally a source of Democratic Party strength — national security and foreign policy.

In recent days and weeks, administration efforts have resulted in the deaths of 12 of the top 20 al Qaeda leaders, the result mostly of attacks by pilotless drone aircraft over Pakistan; the capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, number two Taliban boss in Pakistan and leader of the military campaign in Afghanistan; and the launch of a 15,000-troop attack against the principal poppy-rich Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan.

You didn’t know that? It was all there in the newspapers. Of course, if you get your news from television, especially cable television, you probably didn’t see it.

Bad news, cockamamie commentary and round-the-clock controversy, real and imaginary, is mostly all you get on cable these days. Why bother with good news, like success against distant terrorists, when bad news back home makes the viewers manic and drives up ratings.

But Dick Cheney’s criticism notwithstanding, the truth is that Obama’s on a tear against terrorism in two of its key breeding grounds — Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Some Republicans have grudgingly acknowledged the success of the president’s stepped-up campaign against al Qaeda and the Taliban, but argue that it’s merely a continuation of Bush administration policy. If so, it’s Bush policy on steroids.

For the fact is the Bush team, in its preoccupation with Iraq and nonexistent weapons of mass destruction, did virtually nothing for eight years to counter the Taliban comeback in Afghanistan.

At the same time, Obama’s trips abroad and meetings with world leaders have made real progress in repairing the damage to the American image abroad done by the Bush-Cheney policy of unilateralism and of disdain

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TOPICS: Government; Humor; Military/Veterans; Reference
KEYWORDS: nsp; qdr; ss
Obama was required by Goldwater-Nichols to submit a National Security Strategy by July 2009. None has been submitted nor published.
1 posted on 02/21/2010 8:19:00 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar
Barack Obama's Bush & Gates' new strength: foreign policy
2 posted on 02/21/2010 8:22:50 PM PST by rfp1234
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To: Jet Jaguar

typically, no credit to our troops, but they did get to mention ......others


3 posted on 02/21/2010 8:23:09 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: Jet Jaguar

I can’t respond to this tripe, not without repeated use of the “F” word and 2 or 3 “banned” words......


4 posted on 02/21/2010 8:24:57 PM PST by Gator113 (Obama is America's First FAILED "light skinned African American [Pres-dent] with no Negro dialect..")
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To: Jet Jaguar

Its bush’s falt


5 posted on 02/21/2010 8:26:54 PM PST by seastay
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To: Jet Jaguar

C’mon Jet J — you know the rules about “Barf alerts!”

;)


6 posted on 02/21/2010 8:27:14 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: freedumb2003

BARF

My bad.


7 posted on 02/21/2010 8:28:17 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

It’s late — we all have our senior moments (even if not a senior :) )


8 posted on 02/21/2010 8:30:17 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Doogle
The "Punch Line"....

For the fact is the Bush team, in its preoccupation with Iraq and nonexistent weapons of mass destruction, did virtually nothing for eight years to counter the Taliban comeback in Afghanistan.

So now Bush was weak again. These morons are pushing that mantra right over the edge. As far as mentioning the ones getting it done, that is way beneath these narcissist assholes.

9 posted on 02/21/2010 8:35:18 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Iran, North Korea, Russia and Honduras and Eastern Europe say “Hello”.
10 posted on 02/21/2010 8:35:51 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: SmokingJoe

Add Cuba, Venezuela, and Yemen.


11 posted on 02/21/2010 8:37:53 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar
For the fact is the Bush team, in its preoccupation with Iraq and nonexistent weapons of mass destruction, did virtually nothing for eight years to counter the Taliban comeback in Afghanistan”

Without Bush, Bin Laden, Mullah Omar and the Taliban will still be in charge of the government in Afghanistan, and launching regular terrorist attacks against this country.

12 posted on 02/21/2010 8:39:16 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: Jet Jaguar

Not to worry about the National Security Strategy, because Codename: Darkshadow has you back, JJ.

LOL!


13 posted on 02/21/2010 8:41:06 PM PST by writer33 (Rush Limbaugh Is "The Passion" of Conservatism And Pretty Good At That Radio Thingy)
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the deaths of 12 of the top 20 al Qaeda leaders, the result mostly of attacks by pilotless drone aircraft over Pakistan

Has NOTHING 2 do w/BHO. Instead, there is a technical development that is very secret and has radically enhanced the effectiveness of drone strikes. Not going 2 say more.

14 posted on 02/21/2010 8:43:12 PM PST by gaijin
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To: writer33

BTTT


15 posted on 02/21/2010 8:44:46 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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Obama was required by Goldwater-Nichols to submit a National Security Strategy by July 2009. None has been submitted nor published.

So, if bammie does not have a National Security Strategy documented, yet there is a strategy being utilized, one might tend to believe it is a continuation of the previous strategy.

But the communists sputter no no no no no no it is not the Bush-Cheney strategy because that was Iraq and this is Afghanistan! Beating the opposition in Iraq is "losing." Beating the opposition in Afghanistan is winning!

The communists are very quick to take credit and espouse the cleverness of the boy king in his leadership of the, the, uh, non-existent strategy?

And they expect American Citizens to actually BELIEVE that fairy tale?

16 posted on 02/21/2010 8:52:59 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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........he must have taken the famous "STRENGTH THROUGH BOWING" Class.
17 posted on 02/21/2010 8:53:15 PM PST by NoRedTape
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To: Jet Jaguar

HUH????


18 posted on 02/21/2010 9:25:51 PM PST by Ronin
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To: Jet Jaguar

Wow, I have not read the Star Ledger for years. When I saw who wrote the article (John Farmer) I was not surprised at such drivel. But I am surprised that this dinosaur is still around.


19 posted on 02/21/2010 9:53:41 PM PST by n2dubes
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To: Jet Jaguar

http://gerontios48.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/john-farmer.jpg

John J. Farmer, Jr. (born June 24, 1957) is an American lawyer, politician and jurist. He served as Acting Governor of New Jersey for 90 minutes on January 8, 2002 by virtue of his status as New Jersey Attorney General.

9/11 Commission Chief Counsel, John Farmer


20 posted on 02/21/2010 9:58:33 PM PST by kcvl
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....................Has NOTHING 2 do w/BHO. Instead, there is a technical development that is very secret and has radically enhanced the effectiveness of drone strikes. Not going 2 say more...................

No, com’mon and say it!

If Bush had made public that the Pakistani’s were in any way co-operating with the free world in actively taking out the cock-roaches, the world media would write about how the American power hegemony was trying to take over the world.
Zer0’s press gets the pass, he’s the new John Wayne in town!


21 posted on 02/21/2010 10:06:42 PM PST by Noob1999 (LOOSE LIPS, SINK SHIPS)
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