Skip to comments.Rebutting Critics, Obama Seeks Higher Bar for Military Action
Posted on 05/29/2014 5:13:15 AM PDT by Phlap
As President Obama listens to assessments of his foreign policy these days, he grows deeply frustrated. Syria? Ukraine? Afghanistan? What more do his critics want him to do? Get into another war? Keep fighting one that has already become Americas longest?
After more than five years in office, Mr. Obama has become increasingly convinced that while the United States must play a vital role beyond its borders, it should avoid getting dragged into the quicksand of international crises that have trapped some of his predecessors. It is time for an end to what he called a long season of war.
To his critics, mainly on the right but also some on the left, this is a prescription for passivity, an abrogation of decades of bipartisan leadership on the world stage. Stung and irritated, Mr. Obama used his commencement address to West Point cadets on Wednesday to mount a sustained rebuttal and to define an approach to foreign policy that he believes is suited to a new era and that he hopes will outlast his presidency.
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But we pay our leaders to make the tough calls we wouldn't.
Going forward we will only use military force when Islam is threatened.
Or just wants us to beat on someone for them.
In a speech to the NY Times newsroom...
Far too many of them make the "tough calls" w/o the sense or morality it takes to make them tough to make.
Obama has wasted more lives than any one else in history via his meddling to enhance terrorism and by ceding areas, taken with American blood, back to the original status. I believe he would think that, instead of deploying troops to kill bad guys, he would rather just do a study to determine how many troops might be killed in the action, bump it by 50%, then line them up in front of firing squads to expedite the process w/o harming any of the bad guys.
Must be that his back hurts from the limbo moves he’s been making to get under the bar.
Like attacking Qaddafi in Libya
when we were under no imminent threat
Then permitting an act of war against
our Embassy post there, without retribution
Yup, this makes sense
This probably means we will be at war within two weeks...
and I think hes concluded that they would be happy if he never used force.
Yes, which is why we have to project strength, so that we don’t invite the kind of aggression which can pull us into military action.
he has some nerve Bush went to Congress, and to the UN. Obama did neither.
“What more do his critics want him to do?”
I’m sure a majority if not all would want him to resign.
Obama offers up a speech that bombs and the sycophants at the New York Times gladly ride to the rescue to retrieve Obama from the well. The brilliance of the man is beyond dispute, at least in the opinion of the New York Times.
Obummer the Pussyfist
This is ridiculous. No one has called for use of force this is a false choice put up by Obama. ‘Speak softly but carry a big stick’ is proven to work. The man is clueless or diabolical.
His legacy will be either Gross Incompetence or Deliberate Malfeasance.
Dialogue? Giving a commencement address at a military academy? That’s not a place where you can expect audience approval/disapproval like a “laugh-track” on a sitcom. They will listen politely and carefully keep their opinions to themselves for that is the way they’ve been trained.
If you want a dialogue, Obama, you went to the wrong place.
The Boehner-Funded, Obama Grand Bargain of assigning the US Military to mercilessly attack the Climate Change Weapon of Mass Destruction, was greeted by the 2014 Graduation Class at West Point with a 25 % standing ovation, IOW a future 75 % reduction in force of the newly commissioned Army Officers.
Over the years, Doormat Republican Boehner has been able to fund all of the Democrats Commander in Chief Obamas Military decisions, to lead from the bottom of a Socialist, Group Hug, Hell Hole.
Speaker Boehner should indeed be in line for a promotion by Arrogant Commander in Chief Obama.
Although, over the years, Boehner has doubled the taxpayer dollars sent to the failed Veterans Administration, the rumor that a grateful, but still Arrogant, Obama is considering promoting Boehner to be in charge of the Veterans Administration has yet to be confirmed.