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BLANKLEY: A sinking ship of state
Washington Times ^ | April 6, 2010 | Tony Blankley

Posted on 04/06/2010 6:29:44 AM PDT by libstripper

Last summer, President Obama spent several months publicly anguishing over what he would or wouldn't do in Afghanistan. Finally, he

agreed to ramp up troop levels but warned that he intended to start getting American troops out in 18 months. After anguishing in several columns over the president's anguishing, I concluded in November 2009:

"If the Taliban and al Qaeda retake Afghanistan, the world (and America) will have hell to pay for the consequences. But this president and this White House do not have it in them to lead our troops to victory in Afghanistan. So they shouldn't try. The price will be high for whatever foreign policy failures we will endure in the next three years. Let's not add to that price the pointless murder of our finest young troops in a war their leader does not believe in. Bring them home. We'll need them later."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; alqaeda; alqaida; karzai; obama; taliban; wot
This is what we get when the Communist in Chief is an America-hating secret mudslime.
1 posted on 04/06/2010 6:29:45 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

and today the bombing in Iraq that killed 39 people in an apartment complex was blamed on “al Qaeda”

al Qaeda in Iraq, imagine that


2 posted on 04/06/2010 6:32:45 AM PDT by silverleaf (Karl Marx was NOT one of America's Founding Fathers)
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To: libstripper

Every single thing that Obama touches, turns to crap. I agree with Blankley, if our troops do not have a clear mission for victory and the support they need to achieve it..bring them home.


3 posted on 04/06/2010 6:40:43 AM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: penelopesire
Every single thing that Obama touches, turns to crap.

My, my, could that be on purpose/i>??

4 posted on 04/06/2010 6:47:30 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: penelopesire

Obama won’t be happy until we do a Vietnam-like exit from Kabul with people clinging to the skids of helicopters.


5 posted on 04/06/2010 6:47:55 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: libstripper

Under the current Rules of Engagement, our boys and girls in Afghanistan are little more than cannon fodder. If we’re not going to win, then cut our losses and get out.


6 posted on 04/06/2010 6:48:01 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: libstripper
It is like Obama is one of the Three Stooges who is unwittingly mixing gun powder into a cauldron of nitro glycerin.

Seriously, Obama is screwing up everything.

Hugo Chavez purchasing $5 billion in arms from Putin

North Korea sinking a South Korean Ship

Allowing Iran to go Nuclear

Allowing Iraq to deteriorate

Publicly Showing disrespect to Israel our ally

Encouraging the Palestinian to further unrest

Destroying everything in Afghanistan

Destroying the economic powerhouse of America

Taking away our Liberty via ObamaCare

How much more? The only remaining question is, when will the cauldron of gunpowder and nitro glycerin Obama is mixing blow to high heaven?

7 posted on 04/06/2010 6:48:23 AM PDT by Obadiah (ObamaCare = VA hospitals for everyone)
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To: penelopesire; STARWISE; SE Mom; libstripper

In my view, Obama managed to irk Karzai when he showed up in Afghanistan for 12 hours, and Karzai’s announcement that he would join the Taliban is a direct whack at Obama.

Now we have “another” situation that Obama has screwed-up beyond repair, so I think if Karzai is not going to be taken out, then it’s time to bring our brave troops home.

Why sacrifice our treasure in a war the Kenyan,Muslim,Marxist-CIC that idiot voters elected doesn’t want to fight?


8 posted on 04/06/2010 6:49:43 AM PDT by onyx (Facts don't matter. Proof not required. Anything goes! Racial slurs, death threats.....)
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To: silverleaf

I fear it won’t be too long before al Queda blows something up on our shores. This weakling pretender president is basically sending out an open invitation to our enemies.


9 posted on 04/06/2010 6:50:25 AM PDT by EscapedDutch ("Socialism is great until you run out of other people's money" - Lady Margaret Thatcher)
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To: libstripper

“bammy’s way out of his financial mess... will be Roosevelt’s...let the world burn...


10 posted on 04/06/2010 6:50:56 AM PDT by mo
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To: Obadiah

All of the above, good list. Let me add that Hillary with her demands that Canada have more abortions has put relations with the Harper government in the dumper.


11 posted on 04/06/2010 6:58:45 AM PDT by Malesherbes (Sauve qui peut)
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To: libstripper
From Blankley's article:

"...the New York Times reported on the front page the name of a purported CIA-paid undercover asset. It was none other than Ahmed Wali Karzai, the powerful brother of the Afghan president. The Times cited, on background, Obama administration "political officials," "senior administration officials" and others as its sources to the effect that the Afghan president's brother has been secretly on the CIA payroll for eight years as well as being a major narcotics trafficker."

IF that is true, here is what President Karzai can do next:

With great fanfare, announces that per 0bama's wishes, he is cracking down on corruption and drug trafficking, leads reporters to a ceremonial table where his own brother Ahmed is held down by presidential guards, the President wields a great big ceremonial sword and beheads his own brother for "taking bribes from, and trafficking in drugs FOR 0bama's CIA!"

Then with a smile to the cameras, President Karzai says "Mr. 0bama? How do you like me NOW?" :)
12 posted on 04/06/2010 7:05:16 AM PDT by mkjessup (0bama is doing to America what Roman Polanski did to his victim, but without lube.)
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To: libstripper

He sent the troops and then he cut their legs out from under them.


13 posted on 04/06/2010 7:10:24 AM PDT by Carley (Are you better off than you were four trillion dollars ago?)
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To: ConorMacNessa

My nephew just deployed to Afghanistan. Pray for them and our commander in chief. God is able to direct Obama whether Obama knows it or not. God is our protection.


14 posted on 04/06/2010 7:12:11 AM PDT by outinyellowdogcountry
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To: outinyellowdogcountry

Thanks to your nephew for his service. Our troops are always in my prayers.


15 posted on 04/06/2010 7:14:28 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: libstripper
"America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings."

-Barack Hussein Obama

16 posted on 04/06/2010 7:24:12 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: onyx

I agree onyx. This is going to sound radical, but I never understood why the US stuck it’s nose in the Afghan poppy production before they had viable economic alternatives ready to propose for the afghan populace. The afghans have been growing poppies for centuries and it’s more than naive for our country to think we could stop an entire economic foundation for a country as poor as Afghanistan. It seems to me that they could have chosen a middle road of some kind. There are legitimate uses for opioids (medicine,etc.). Why couldn’t they have proposed that Afghanistan supply opium for drug manufacturers or something? I am probably being wildly naive here as well, but it just seems they could have handled this a little better imho.


17 posted on 04/06/2010 7:29:40 AM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: penelopesire

I agree with you and have suggested many times that a deal should have first been brokered to buy the crop for that very purpose and destroy the rest. Much cheaper than trying to interrupt drug shipments, but that would put a lot of enforcement agencies out of work, wouldn’t it?

We’re just too damn pragmatic, penelopesire!


18 posted on 04/06/2010 7:34:21 AM PDT by onyx (Facts don't matter. Proof not required. Anything goes! Racial slurs, death threats.....)
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To: EscapedDutch
Even sending “mixed signals” can be so very dangerous, as history has shown. Even as recently as with Saddam Hussein. How are mass murdering despots ike Kim Chong Il and his generals- supposed to read into Barry's nuance?

Is this going to persuade China and Putin to lay down arms?

Who is to say how Iran or North Korea or al Qaeda - possessor of the “poor man's nukes”, ie chemical and bio agents inteneded for mass murder- how will these men interpret Barry's unilateral gesture?

The Ivy League pinhead armchair generals around the weakling obama have been preaching this unilateral “no nukes” disarmament strategy all their lives- just look how many times they have been “right” about the altruism and good will of the haters of Western culture and civilization???

And how many times history has proven “right” on the foreign policy beliefs of people like John Kerry, Pelosi, Reid, Hillary/Bill Clinton, Mad Albright, Jane Fonda, Ramsey Clark, Joe Biden, etc .

19 posted on 04/06/2010 7:38:14 AM PDT by silverleaf (Karl Marx was NOT one of America's Founding Fathers)
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To: onyx

That would have been an excellent solution onyx. We probably could have saved many lives and lots of money doing it your way.


20 posted on 04/06/2010 7:47:56 AM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Malesherbes
Good point. And how could I forget Obama’s pledge to allow America to drop her nuclear deterrent??
21 posted on 04/06/2010 7:58:20 AM PDT by Obadiah (ObamaCare = VA hospitals for everyone)
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To: glorgau

Al Qaeda and othes are just marking time until we leave. By announcing the 2011 departure date, Obama sent a strong signal that they just have to bide their time.


22 posted on 04/06/2010 8:05:00 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: libstripper

“But this president and this White House do not have it in them to lead our troops to victory in Afghanistan. So they shouldn’t try.”

This is the best reason yet for withdrawing from Afghanistan.


23 posted on 04/06/2010 8:54:48 AM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican-Father of 4 'boots on the ground'.)
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To: silverleaf
Within in a year after American troops leave a new Saddam Hussein will arise in Iraq.
24 posted on 04/06/2010 9:12:53 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Obadiah

You forgot to add Dising England, our friend for many decades and other nations in Europe all to gain cred from tin pot dictators. Mark my word— the day will come when we will need all the friends we can get.


25 posted on 04/06/2010 10:15:08 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: penelopesire

>.Why couldn’t they have proposed that Afghanistan supply opium for drug manufacturers

Because most legal opium comes from Turkey and they ain’t giving up that puppy.


26 posted on 04/06/2010 11:55:44 AM PDT by swarthyguy (Join ACFANS - Alleged Conservatives For A Nanny State. www.acfans.com (Ha!)
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To: swarthyguy

Thanks for the info. A quick google on Turkey and opium was an interesting read after I read your post. It seems we helped to set up Turkey in opium production to help keep the drug off of the black market and now Turkey and Persia won’t allow the US or UN to help other countries in the same way.


27 posted on 04/06/2010 12:13:28 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: penelopesire

And however much we decry Afghanistan’s opium, where is the demand?

And if you’re a farmer, say an acre of opium gets you $500USD, what’s an acre of peaches or plums get you?

In the 19th century India had been the source of most opium, IIRC, but it shifted to Turkey after WWII.


28 posted on 04/06/2010 12:18:03 PM PDT by swarthyguy (Join ACFANS - Alleged Conservatives For A Nanny State. www.acfans.com (Ha!)
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To: libstripper
My, my, could that be on purpose??

Yes, but only peripherally.

You can almost always predict Obama's next move by thinking of him as being on a mental par with a naive, narcissistic college sophomore who has achieved a position of power.

No doubt you, as I, once had sophomoric delusions of grandeur wherein our public utterances of clear, concise, undoubtedly morally superior commentary would invariably convince all and sundry to mend their ways. The world would be a grand, peaceful place, if they would all just listen to us.

We were too young and silly to understand the difference between people in the real world, and those in our heads who depended on our brilliance. Real people are not so dependent on our words of wisdom. We have, more or less, learned to moderate our expectations with respect to our own brilliance.

Obama, however, does not know the difference. Mentally, he's still that sophomore on whom you and I look back with embarrassment.

And, as a result, Obama simply says things -- hard things -- and he says them to the wrong people, who "need to hear" his wisdom.

He's a menace, because his "on purpose" is so ridiculously immature.

29 posted on 04/06/2010 12:35:31 PM PDT by r9etb
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