Skip to comments.Senator: 'Clearly, This Trip Is Campaign Related'
Posted on 05/01/2012 2:48:57 PM PDT by CNSNews.com
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee says President's surprise trip to Afghanistan on the one-year anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden must campaign related, since Obama's spent the last three years gutting the military:
Our troops on the front lines always appreciate a visit from the Commander-in-Chief. Obamas last visit was in December 2010, and the last time he addressed the nation about Afghanistan was June 2011.
"Clearly this trip is campaign related. Weve seen recently that President Obama has visited college campuses in an attempt to win back the support of that age group since he has lost it over the last three years.
"Similarly, this trip to Afghanistan is an attempt to shore up his national security credentials, because he has spent the past three years gutting our military.
"He cut the F-22, future combat system, C-17, and our ground-based interceptor in Poland to name a few. On top of that, he has tried to close GITMO the very source of some of our intelligence that resulted in bin Ladens demise.
In 2008, he campaigned on Afghanistan being the war we should focus on. However, under his leadership, support for the war in Afghanistan is at an all time low because he has refused to articulate the value and importance of the work our troops are doing there. Unfortunately, this President has allowed Washington and campaign politics to dictate his strategy in Afghanistan rather than the conditions on the ground. We saw this when he failed to provide the troops the commanders needed during the surge, and again when he brought troops home during the height of fighting season.
I was just in Afghanistan two weeks ago, and it is clear that the gains made are fragile. The security improvements and the killing of Osama bin Laden a year ago are great American victories that should not be politicized.
"Achieving our objective in the long term depends on several factors. We must eliminate the remaining Taliban strongholds, stabilize and increase security gains, and ensure the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) are sized, trained and equipped to provide long-term security in Afghanistan. The Strategic Partnership Agreement between the United States and Afghanistan that President Obama just signed is an important step, but getting the details of that agreement right will be vital to success.
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I think Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and those thinking like him on this should just gnash their teeth and just zip it up because I don’t care how bad Obama has been, diss’ing him while he’s overseas visiting troops isn’t going to play well anywhere USA.
I'm all for Obama campaigning 24/7 while paying for so on our dime. The more the better.
I think Jim Inhofe (R-Ok) is a great American for having the guts to state the truth.
Yes, dissing a shooter while he is hunting bad guys in the badlands is bad form.
You betcha. But what does that have to do with ‘Bamster?
Like Algore visiting a Buddist temple.
Other than the troops who are ordered to stand with the Kenyan in a photo-op, most of them can’t stand him.
Go Senator go, now where is the RNC? We have people coming home with no limbs, and many in bodybags, and the supposed CINC has the nerve to use our troops as a election prop. FUBO
May as well call it what it is.....another photo-op for a future campaign ad.
You can bet when “O” is finally out of office, you won’t see this:
On April 26-28, 2012, twenty servicemen and women wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan joined President George W. Bush for a 100 kilometer mountain bike ride in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. As part of the George W. Bush Presidential Centers Military Service Initiative, the W100 highlights the bravery and sacrifice of the warriors wounded in the global war on terror, as well as those organizations that have made continuing commitments to supporting Americas heroes. www.100k.com
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Dripping sarcasm rooted in disdain for wannabe Barack.