Skip to comments.Obama's Afghan trip: 14,000 miles for brief remarks lacking one crucial word
Posted on 05/02/2012 1:18:52 PM PDT by Evil Slayer
As usual with this president, Obama's trip to and speech from Afghanistan had way more to do with politics than any real substance.
Seven thousand miles, one way, is a long journey to share war remarks with countrymen that he should have and could have shared back home many months ago. Despite the administration's best backgrounding sales efforts, the document he signed with Afghan President Hamid Karzai is a meaningless basic agreement to talk later about forging a real agreement.
Nothing was essentially changed by what the media lovingly called his "secret trip" to the war zone, which was simply unannounced for security reasons.
The remarks (Scroll down for the full text, as usual) were well-written, even with literary flourishes about a new dawn coming as the president spoke at 4 a.m. Afghan time. He wanted to avoid any sense of "Mission Accomplished." And at 11 minutes, blessedly brief for the Real Good Talker.
Here's what Obama got politically from this stagecraft: Bonus public attention focused on the Osama bin Laden assassination anniversary. Photos of troops clamoring for his fist bumps. An entire day focused on him, his words and non-stop talk of the 10-year war winding down.
An entire news day, one of only 189 precious ones left before Nov. 6, not focused on Solyndras, prostitution scandals, GSA parties, $5 trillion in new national debt, no federal budget for three years running, high unemployment, sluggish growth, legal crucifixions nor Mitt Romney.
Nevermind the Kabul explosions, killing at least six, a couple of hours after his brief visit.
While Obama earned attention for a 2002 anti-Iraq war speech, the Afghan conflict has always been the "good war" in his eyes. Obama denounced President Bush's Iraq troop surge that ultimately enabled Obama to claim he ended that war, But Obama ordered
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Yep, the last word of the article...
Note to those who visit the article, if you just scroll down to the end, you’ll misunderstand this comment. Following the article is the text of his remarks.
That stupid sonovabitch isn’t fit to empty the trashcans in the White House, let alone serve as POTUS.
Even ‘Dave’ (Kevin Kline in the movie of the same name) was a superior faux President than this egotistical horse’s ass.
That's true. He would not have passed the background check.
If either of the Bush's tried this, they would be trashed for being insensitive to world opinion; and for feeding into the cowboy swagger stereotype.
Zero gets a pass, as usual.
Neither could either Clinton, but here we are.
Obama going to Kabul to talk about the war is like
me going to California to post on Freerepublic.
Thousands of miles for nothing.
Would like to know how much this cost?
I’m having to pinch pennies while this jackass
travels halfway across the world to make an
To paraphrase Kissinger....
If you don’t know where you’re going,
any road will take you there.
Announcer: “Wait! It looks like there’s a fag on the play.”