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Obama pledges no more wars unless "absolutely necessary"
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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."

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


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iran; syria; waronterror
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Bush's fault...........what a broken record...
1 posted on 05/28/2012 10:35:21 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Stay classy, Barry.


2 posted on 05/28/2012 10:37:00 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Sub-Driver; All

Never say never...


3 posted on 05/28/2012 10:38:27 AM PDT by KevinDavis (The birther movement was started by a 9/11 truther..)
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To: Sub-Driver
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
4 posted on 05/28/2012 10:38:51 AM PDT by ColdOne (eI miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eat my dog!)
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To: Sub-Driver

like Libya?


5 posted on 05/28/2012 10:40:38 AM PDT by matt1234 (Bring back the HUAC.)
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To: Sub-Driver

sure this ain’t semmens?


6 posted on 05/28/2012 10:41:23 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.

Funny, that.

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.


7 posted on 05/28/2012 10:42:25 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Sub-Driver

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?


8 posted on 05/28/2012 10:42:30 AM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


9 posted on 05/28/2012 10:42:40 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: Sub-Driver

No more wars? Then why has he declared war on capitalism, the constitution, and is trying to start a race war?


10 posted on 05/28/2012 10:44:04 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: ColdOne

kenyan commie wrenching decisions: nine iron or eight....sending troops to fight on my behalf.


11 posted on 05/28/2012 10:44:45 AM PDT by biggredd1
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To: Sub-Driver
The President Of The World is back to campaigning for the European vote like he did in 2008.


12 posted on 05/28/2012 10:45:02 AM PDT by Iron Munro (If you want total security go to prison. The only thing lacking is freedom. D. D. Eisenhower)
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To: ColdOne

I thought dropping the hammer on OBL was the most “wrenching decision” made by a President ever?


13 posted on 05/28/2012 10:45:31 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


14 posted on 05/28/2012 10:46:01 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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Obama bows down to Saudi King | American Thinker | April 02, 2009 | Clarice Feldman | Posted on 04/02/2009 8:19:47 AM PDT by rdb3
Obama bows down to Saudi King | American Thinker | April 02, 2009 | Clarice Feldman | Posted on 04/02/2009 8:19:47 AM PDT by rdb3

15 posted on 05/28/2012 10:46:26 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Sub-Driver.


16 posted on 05/28/2012 10:46:54 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Sub-Driver

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?


17 posted on 05/28/2012 10:51:02 AM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: Cyber Liberty

that was my original thought, then thought those were not his exact words. Yet they where weren’t they?


18 posted on 05/28/2012 10:51:43 AM PDT by ColdOne (eI miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eat my dog!)
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To: Cyber Liberty

“Most gutsy call in 500 years”.


19 posted on 05/28/2012 10:52:36 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: matt1234

I was thinking the same thing


20 posted on 05/28/2012 10:53:29 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: Sub-Driver

Israel should take note. Obama’s not going to help them with Iran even if Iran blows up half of Israel with some nukes.


21 posted on 05/28/2012 10:53:49 AM PDT by tobyhill (Conservatives are proud of themselves, Liberals lie about themselves)
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To: Sub-Driver

Assume he’s going to take a Mulligan on his war on capitalism?


22 posted on 05/28/2012 10:56:02 AM PDT by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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focusing instead on the wars started by his predecessor, George W. Bush, that he wound down as president.

One war with multiple fronts, which continues, and which was initiated by terrorists.

Effing DLEMM - Dominant Liberal Establishment Mass Media - journalists.

23 posted on 05/28/2012 10:59:04 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: ncfool

He should be nowhere near that hallowed ground.


24 posted on 05/28/2012 11:00:18 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Sub-Driver
Other than the fact that Obama had to take another stab at Bush, which was disgusting for a Memorial Day speech, his words mean nothing. He won't have a chance to send troops into war. In a few months he will be out of the White House and looking for a job. Hopefully, with his lack of leadership, his immature, continual whining, his inability to be a team player, and his proven record for blaming everyone else for failures, and his questionable history (fake SS numbers, different names, hidden records, etc.)...no one will be too excited to hire him.

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.

25 posted on 05/28/2012 11:02:03 AM PDT by CitizenM (Obama - The architect of the decline of the U.S.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Peace in our time.” Yeh, and we know how well that worked out!


26 posted on 05/28/2012 11:02:28 AM PDT by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2012! Allez Pack!)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


27 posted on 05/28/2012 11:02:55 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (If case you are wondering, I'm STILL supporting Newt.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The dumb sh** is an example of defeat.


28 posted on 05/28/2012 11:03:44 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: Sub-Driver

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”......


29 posted on 05/28/2012 11:05:41 AM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Sub-Driver

“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...


30 posted on 05/28/2012 11:09:06 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: Sub-Driver

Like his coming war on guns and religion (i.e., Christianity)?


31 posted on 05/28/2012 11:11:13 AM PDT by Spok
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To: Sub-Driver

“Absolutely necessary” in Obamugabe’s book means “I am going to lose the election according to Axelrod and Plouffe’s internal polls”.


32 posted on 05/28/2012 11:14:37 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Sub-Driver

“...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.


33 posted on 05/28/2012 11:17:10 AM PDT by Levante
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To: Sub-Driver

Does ‘no more wars’ include the civil war he is so desperately trying to invoke?


34 posted on 05/28/2012 11:18:25 AM PDT by formosa (Formosa)
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To: Sub-Driver

Prepping for Iran in October.


35 posted on 05/28/2012 11:21:05 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: ColdOne
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


Unless the UN orders you to
36 posted on 05/28/2012 11:31:33 AM PDT by Foolsgold (L I B Lacking in Brains)
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To: lacrew

A man of iron whim...


37 posted on 05/28/2012 11:35:17 AM PDT by 4buttons
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


38 posted on 05/28/2012 11:39:36 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Because the USA usually goes to war just because we feel like it. Jerk.


39 posted on 05/28/2012 11:43:30 AM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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“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..


40 posted on 05/28/2012 11:44:47 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I like it. I will not pee unless absolutely necessary!


41 posted on 05/28/2012 11:49:50 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
I don’t think CW2 will create a grateful nation..

Hopefully it will create 2 independent ones.

42 posted on 05/28/2012 11:50:21 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: formosa

“Does ‘no more wars’ include the civil war he is so desperately trying to invoke?”

Surviving Civil War II
http://www.futurnamics.com/civilwar.php


43 posted on 05/28/2012 11:53:06 AM PDT by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: central_va

” Hopefully it will create 2 independent ones. “

At least 2.....I would like at least 4.


44 posted on 05/28/2012 12:00:59 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
No more wars? Then why has he declared war on capitalism, the constitution, and is trying to start a race war?

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!!!

45 posted on 05/28/2012 12:10:27 PM PDT by varon (The Patriots stand watch!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Unless it is for his masters needs.


46 posted on 05/28/2012 12:13:13 PM PDT by bmwcyle (I am ready to serve Jesus on Earth because the GOP failed again)
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To: Sub-Driver
Every Presidential candidate should promise no more wars without a Congressional Declaration of War as provided for in Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution.

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%.

47 posted on 05/28/2012 12:16:59 PM PDT by ImpBill ("America, where are you now?" - Little "r" republican!)
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To: Sub-Driver; Nachum; SJackson; LucyT; blackie; ExTexasRedhead; azishot
Obama pledges no more wars unless "absolutely necessary"

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?

Obama's Gas-Powered War on Coal

The Obama Administration's war on carbon-based energy

Is Obama using culture wars to distract from the economy?

Obama's war on Financial Responsibility

Obama's "War on Women" Campaign strategy is imploding

Obama: My 'social gospel' work dispels 'war on religion'

Obama's real 'war' is against the elderly

Snip: Ironically, the truth is that it is always Mr. Obama steadying Granny in a wheelchair on the precipice of long, steep, marble steps

Obama's war on swimming pools could force hotel owners to take a bath

Snip: In January, the Justice Department’s 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.

48 posted on 05/28/2012 12:18:19 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: Cicero
Bush was one of the exceptions, but virtually all of America’s wars, and especially the major wars, were started by Democrats

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.

49 posted on 05/28/2012 12:42:21 PM PDT by what's up
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To: Sub-Driver; All

What a ***, Obama pledges no more wars unless “absolutely necessary” His comment implies that there were wars that were not “absolutely necessary”. Just SHAMEFUL!


50 posted on 05/28/2012 12:59:21 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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