Skip to comments.Obama pledges no more wars unless "absolutely necessary"
Posted on 05/28/2012 10:35:16 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Obama pledges no more wars unless "absolutely necessary" Photo 1:00pm EDT
ARLINGTON, Virginia (Reuters) - President Barack Obama honored veterans on Monday by noting "the light of a new day" of having U.S. troops home from Iraq and returning soon from Afghanistan, while promising not to send soldiers back to war without a clear need.
Obama did not mention tension with Iran and Syria in his remarks to veterans and military families at a hot, sunny Memorial Day ceremony, focusing instead on the wars started by his predecessor, George W. Bush, that he wound down as president.
"After a decade under the dark cloud of war, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon," he said at Arlington National Cemetery, drawing applause when he noted the "milestone" of it being the first Memorial Day in nine years without Americans fighting and dying in Iraq.
"As commander in chief, I can tell you that sending our troops into harm's way is the most wrenching decision that I have to make," Obama said shortly after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
"I can promise you I will never do so unless it is absolutely necessary and that when we do, we must give our troops a clear mission and the full support of a grateful nation."
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Stay classy, Barry.
Never say never...
sure this ain’t semmens?
OK, but I think we need to define what he means by “absolutely necessary.”
Absolutely necessary means that he needs a war to help his election prospects.
Bush was one of the exceptions, but virtually all of America’s wars, and especially the major wars, were started by Democrats.
Some of the wars were more necessary than others. But clinton started the war against Serbia chiefly to take attention away from Monicagate. He didn’t bother him one bit that we fought it on the wrong side.
Just like we fought Obama’s little Libyan war on the wrong side.
And we deposed the Shah of Iran and installed Muslim terrorists in his place so Jimmy Carter could get some points from the intelligentsia.
I would bet that there is a 60% chance of the U.S. going to war with Iran before the upcoming Presidential election.
Why else would Obama put a caveat like that in that statement?
Oh boy, brace yourselves, our hero has spoken, the war mongering naricissist has a game plan. The catch22 was “absolutely necessary”.
Whatever, dude, whatever, and tomorrow the flip flop and spin a Civil war on us.
They demand a free education and say it is all politics, and, yet, they claim no war is ongoing.
Let us feel so guilty of being alive and not gay, no more war, no more nothing.
No more wars? Then why has he declared war on capitalism, the constitution, and is trying to start a race war?
kenyan commie wrenching decisions: nine iron or eight....sending troops to fight on my behalf.
I thought dropping the hammer on OBL was the most “wrenching decision” made by a President ever?
Well he’s only got 5 more months til we kick his sorry butt out of office. Hopefully not enough time to start another unneccesary war.
Obummer is getting very scared as he is now doing a 2nd Memorial day tribute at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. I wonder if he invited Bill Ayers to attend with him?
that was my original thought, then thought those were not his exact words. Yet they where weren’t they?
“Most gutsy call in 500 years”.
I was thinking the same thing
Israel should take note. Obama’s not going to help them with Iran even if Iran blows up half of Israel with some nukes.
Assume he’s going to take a Mulligan on his war on capitalism?
One war with multiple fronts, which continues, and which was initiated by terrorists.
Effing DLEMM - Dominant Liberal Establishment Mass Media - journalists.
He should be nowhere near that hallowed ground.
Oh, he will probably write another book! And there will be some who will ask him to speak. But, in a few years, BO, who has no really viable skills, will be insignificant and fade away, like a bad dream.
“Peace in our time.” Yeh, and we know how well that worked out!
Technical WW1 was not a “necessary” war for us to be in, so I can only bet his standards aren’t all that honest either.
The dumb sh** is an example of defeat.
And like all the other words he and his ilk get to define - “justice”, “equal”, “fairness” - Obama reserves for himself the right to define “necessary”......
“Obama did not mention tension with Iran and Syria in his remarks to veterans and military families at a hot, sunny Memorial Day ceremony, focusing instead on the wars started by his predecessor, George W. Bush, that he wound down as president. “
right- George Bush started the war in Afghanistan.....fact is GWB wound down the war in Iraq before he left office while the situation in Afghanistan is considerably worse since obama took over...
Like his coming war on guns and religion (i.e., Christianity)?
“Absolutely necessary” in Obamugabe’s book means “I am going to lose the election according to Axelrod and Plouffe’s internal polls”.
“...focusing instead on the wars started by his predecessor, George W. Bush, that he wound down as president.”
No bias there. No, none at all. /s
F’k you, Reuters.
Does ‘no more wars’ include the civil war he is so desperately trying to invoke?
Prepping for Iran in October.
As commander in chief, I can tell you that sending our troops into harm's way is the most wrenching decision that I have to make No the most wrenching decision you have is what wine goes with what meal. FUBO
A man of iron whim...
Most likely is trying to leave a future mess to Romney to deal with in the event the American people “fire him”, such as Iran.
Because the USA usually goes to war just because we feel like it. Jerk.
“I can promise you I will never do so unless it is absolutely necessary and that when we do, we must give our troops a clear mission and the full support of a grateful nation.”
I don’t think CW2 will create a grateful nation..
I like it. I will not pee unless absolutely necessary!
Hopefully it will create 2 independent ones.
“Does no more wars include the civil war he is so desperately trying to invoke?”
Surviving Civil War II
” Hopefully it will create 2 independent ones. “
At least 2.....I would like at least 4.
Better yet, why not stop the costliest and longest lasting wars to date. Wars that have put our nation in deep debt, continue doing so and have been fought for decades with no victory insight.
Let's stop the War on Poverty, Crime and Drugs. Eliminate the Czars, Agencies, Departments and apply the savings to the national debt.
Note to all candidates, quit promising to fight for me. I don't want a bunch of British soccer fan type of hooligans brawling when I expect you to be legislating.
Stop calling every government action a "war" as if to enhance the validity of the actions and appear to make you seem brave and worthy of our adoration. The next time you clowns pronounce a war it better involve the uniformed military and a declaration by Congress!!!
Unless it is for his masters needs.
Far too many American "Hero's" have either been killed or wounded in foreign adventures without the Declaration, which gives the politicians and American people a way out from supporting the cause 100%.
Obviously his fingers were crossed behind his back when he said it... How about all the OTHER wars he's started that he probably doesn't believe we attribute to HIM?
Snip: Ironically, the truth is that it is always Mr. Obama steadying Granny in a wheelchair on the precipice of long, steep, marble steps
Snip: In January, the Justice Departments Civil Rights Division handed down a new mandate requiring hotels and public pools to provide mechanical wheelchair lifts at both new and existing swimming pools (portable lifts will no longer be sufficient.) These facilities were originally given until March 15 to comply (the deadline was later moved to May 21). Violators could be fined tens of thousands of dollars by the Justice Department.
I often think of Clinton as having started 9/11.
It's true that Bush finally took responsbility, but had Clinton taken action after the first WTC bombing in '93, prosecuted a real investigation of the USS Cole, and gotten Bin Laden when he had the chance we likely would not have had a 9/11.
What a ***, Obama pledges no more wars unless “absolutely necessary” His comment implies that there were wars that were not “absolutely necessary”. Just SHAMEFUL!