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  • Forked-Tongue-In-Chief at West Point

    05/23/2010 7:17:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 77 replies · 2,096+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2010 | Kevin McCullough
    The most accurate definition of one who is "forked tongue" is not someone who directly disputes himself, but rather one who says something with such cloud that two completely different things could be intended or received, said vs. heard, meant while misleading. Liberals have generally been forced to practice such a verbal dance because no one would elect them outright if they said what they intended, and did what they believed. In modern history when it comes to forked-tongue-ness President Barack Obama excels well beyond anyone's imagination. Like most of his foreign policy speeches on American national security, his commencement...
  • Tepid Applause From Cadets: Obama Cuts 'That's a lot of cheering' Line From Prepared Remarks

    05/23/2010 11:45:34 AM PDT · by kristinn · 91 replies · 4,638+ views
    Sunday, May 23, 2010 | Kristinn via Drudge
    The Drudge Report has a teaser headline about the very reserved response Barack Obama got from the 2010 graduating class at West Point yesterday:Tepid applause from cadets: Cuts 'That's a lot of cheering' line from prepared remarks...Here is the prepared version followed by the transcript of the passage noted by Drudge:To the United States Corps of Cadets, and most of all, the Class of 2010 – it is an honor to serve as your Commander-in-Chief. Under our constitutional system, my power as President is wisely limited. But there are some areas where my power is absolute. And so, as your...
  • What's Cut from Obama's West Point Speech Says Much About Him

    05/23/2010 10:58:49 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 56 replies · 1,829+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 05/23/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Drudge has an interesting little snippet concerning President Obama's recent speech before the graduating class at West Point. It is a short headline about what was cut from Obama's speech, a cut that really says a lot about the arrogance of team Obama as well as his utter lack of spontaneity and sincerity and his slavish reliance on the teleprompter. Here’s the little snippet on Drudge: Tepid applause from cadets: Cuts 'That's a lot of cheering' line from prepared remarks... So let's let this straight. Obama actually had written into his speech ahead of time that there was to...
  • Video-Obama Calls For New "International Order"

    05/22/2010 1:48:42 PM PDT · by JoeSeales · 31 replies · 1,411+ views
    YouTube ^ | May 22, 2010 | CSpan
    Saw this on Drudge but I couldn't find a news video of him actually saying this, but I finally mentioned to dig one up and find the words. President Obama on Saturday vowed to press for a new international order "that can resolve the challenges of our times" and help the United States defeat Al Qaeda and other threats to freedom. Delivering the commencement speech at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Obama ticked off a list of lofty goals this new order could accomplish; from combating violent extremism to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons to stemming climate...
  • Obama Uses Humor at West Point to Remind that His "Power is Absolute" over Military - Video

    05/22/2010 12:38:30 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 50 replies · 1,603+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | May 22, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video from President Obama's Commencement Speech at West Point today, where he used humor to remind everyone his "power is absolute" over the military. Obama told the Cadets his "power is wisely limited" as President, but that there is one area where he has absolute power. He then said he "absolved all cadets who are on restriction for minor conduct offenses," but said he would leave it those who knew better than him to determine what "minor" is.
  • "They Lead No Religion": Obama Defends Islam, Muslim Fanatics At Commencement

    05/22/2010 10:13:49 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 28 replies · 1,668+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 22, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
  • At West Point, Obama talks of a new 'international order'

    05/22/2010 8:26:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 148 replies · 3,886+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 22, 2010 | By Michael Shear
    WEST POINT -- President Obama on Saturday pledged to shape a new "international order" as part of a national security strategy that emphasizes the president's belief in global institutions and America's role in promoting Democratic values around the world. "The international order we seek is one that can resolve the challenges of our times,'" he said in prepared remarks. "Countering violent extremism and insurgency; stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and securing nuclear materials; combating a changing climate and sustaining global growth; helping countries feed themselves and care for their sick; preventing conflict and healing its wounds."
  • PHILOSOPHY: WHO NEEDS IT? (The IMPORTANT West Point Commencement Speech)

    05/22/2010 8:06:19 AM PDT · by FreeKeys · 34 replies · 843+ views
    Gifts of Speech ^ | March 6, 1974 | Ayn Rand
    Address To The Graduating Class Of The United States Military Academy at West Point, New York - March 6, 1974 Since I am a fiction writer, let us start with a short short story. Suppose that you are an astronaut whose spaceship gets out of control and crashes on an unknown planet. When you regain consciousness and find that you are not hurt badly, the first three questions in or mind would be: Where am I? How can I discover it? What should I do? You see unfamiliar vegetation outside, and there is air to breathe; the sunlight seems paler...
  • Live Thread: Obama Commencement Speech at West Point 10:15 A.M. EDT 5/22/10

    05/22/2010 7:06:24 AM PDT · by kristinn · 139 replies · 3,742+ views
    Saturday, May 22, 2010 | Kristinn
    Barack Obama will be speaking at the graduation of West Point's Class of 2010. The speech will be broadcast live on C-SPAN and the other cable networks.God bless the brave newly minted second lieutenants who volunteered to serve knowing they would be heading off to war.
  • President Obama to speak at West Point Class of 2010 graduation

    05/20/2010 8:41:28 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 54 replies · 1,212+ views
    Army Military news ^ | Apr 21, 2010
    WEST POINT, N.Y. -- The White House announced April 21 that President Barack Obama will address the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2010 at the annual commencement ceremony. West Point's graduation is scheduled for 10 a.m. May 22 at Michie Stadium.
  • VOTE TODAY! West Point Cadet for Lowes Senior Class Award

    05/17/2010 7:57:28 AM PDT · by DBCJR · 10 replies · 233+ views
    Classroom Maisano is a decorated student for at the United States Military Academy. He holds a 4.00 GPA in systems engineering, ranking him 19th academically in the USMA Class of 2010. He is in the top 5% of his class overall. He has received the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence every semester. Also, he is a three time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selection, Dean’s List honoree every semester, Golden Key Honor Society member, and a Society of American Military Engineers member. Character Serving as captain of the lacrosse team, Maisano is a member of the Brigade Chain of Command and...
  • Vote for Andre Maisano for the Lowes Senior Class Award [West Point cadet]

    05/15/2010 5:06:05 AM PDT · by DBCJR · 2 replies · 140+ views
    Classroom Maisano is a decorated student for at the United States Military Academy. He holds a 4.00 GPA in systems engineering, ranking him 19th academically in the USMA Class of 2010. He is in the top 5% of his class overall. He has received the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence every semester. Also, he is a three time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selection, Dean’s List honoree every semester, Golden Key Honor Society member, and a Society of American Military Engineers member. Character Serving as captain of the lacrosse team, Maisano is a member of the Brigade Chain of Command and...
  • Farewell and Adieu, Jack Bauer

    03/29/2010 6:50:35 PM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies · 741+ views
    AMERICAN THINKER.com ^ | March 29, 2010 | by Rick Moran
    SNIPPET: "Jack Bauer may be the first fictional character in history who has been accused of inciting war crimes. During the shooting of Season 6, a group of real-life interrogators from the FBI, CIA, and the Army paid a visit to the set to make their case that the depiction of torture on "24" was not only unrealistic, but was also inspiring cadets at West Point and soldiers in the field to ape Bauer's methods of extracting information. The professionals pointed out that in their experience, torture never works, and that the "ticking bomb scenario" itself is a fantasy that...
  • Trace Adkins and the West Point Cadet Glee Club, USMA, ACM 2009 (video)

    03/12/2010 7:45:37 PM PST · by jdfromny · 3 replies · 351+ views
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  • Killing Muslims: America needs to publicize al Qaeda's main 'achievement'

    01/23/2010 3:14:14 AM PST · by Scanian · 10 replies · 565+ views
    January 23, 2010 ^ | Ralph Peters
    AL Qaeda does one thing ex tremely well: killing Muslims. Between 2006 and 2008, only 2 percent of the terror multinational's victims were Westerners. The rest were citizens of Muslim countries. Even as al Qaeda claims to be their defender. I've long complained that we fail to capitalize on al Qaeda's blood thirst in our information operations. Al Qaeda (as well as the Taliban and other insurgent groups) slaughters Muslims -- yet we let the media flip the blame to us. Last weekend, a Pentagon insider passed me a no-nonsense study recently released by the Combating Terrorism Center at West...
  • The Meaning of Freedom

    01/05/2010 5:29:54 PM PST · by lacrew · 156+ views
    USMA Library ^ | September 19, 1990 | John Stoessinger
    PDF available at link
  • Enemy Mine, Maybe?

    12/08/2009 7:49:19 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 7 replies · 366+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 12/08/09 | alaphiah
    ***see video***West Point is the enemy camp? Not the first or only outrageous thing that Chris Matthews has said but clearly the most unpatriotic and most dangerous. Yet I just love it when Liberals say what they really think and even they realize what they think is so outrageous that maybe they should apology for it. Even though it is a fake apology. Remember for Democrats the CIA, Returning war veterans, Christians, gun owners, Conservatives and Proponents of traditional marriage are potential enemies of the state. (see here and here)
  • They Are Not the Enemy, Matthews

    12/08/2009 7:13:40 AM PST · by mnehring · 15 replies · 753+ views
    2nd Lt. Emily J.T. Perez, U.S. Army 1983 – 2006It was written of Lt. Perez in 2006: An academically driven, athletically gifted and deeply religious Medical Service Corps officer from Fort Washington was killed Sept. 12 when an improvised explosive device detonated near her Humvee in Kifl, Iraq.Army 2nd Lt. Emily J.T. Perez, 23, a member of the 204th Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, followed in the footsteps of her father and grandfather, both of whom served in the Army, when she was deployed to Iraq in December 2005.“Emily Perez had a spirit akin to what we...
  • EDITORIAL: The enemy at West Point

    12/04/2009 5:25:30 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 42 replies · 1,562+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-04-09 | The Washington Times Editorial Staff
    Insults against West Point by MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews are part of a pattern of left-wing denigrations against Americans serving in uniform. It's a motif indicative of an anti-military mind-set that is as dangerous as it is rude. Discussing the West Point audience's response to President Obama's speech about Afghanistan, Mr. Matthews quipped on Tuesday: "I saw a lot of, if not resentment, skepticism. I didn't see a lot of warmth in that crowd out there that the president chose to address tonight. And I thought that was interesting: He went to maybe the enemy camp tonight to make his...
  • What Obama Can Learn From MacArthur

    12/04/2009 6:48:17 AM PST · by Wolf13 · 7 replies · 671+ views
    Human Events ^ | 12-4-09 | Gary Bauer
    Chris Matthews has apologized for suggesting that Barack Obama was in “enemy territory” at West Point after the president got a chilly reception from the assembled cadets. That wasn’t “enemy territory,” Chris. It was the heart of America. But it is true that in contrast to the swooning crowds that typically greet the president at staged events, there was a coolness in the cadets’ response to their commander-in-chief and his speech. That’s not surprising, because, speaking at our nation’s oldest military academy, Obama was at a place rooted in a worldview diametrically at odds with his own. The president and...
  • Mission Impossible (Oliver North)

    12/03/2009 9:05:42 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 1,004+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2009 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON -- The commander in chief's Dec. 1 lecture at the U.S. Military Academy has to go down in history as one of the strangest presentations ever offered by a wartime president. The robotically delivered address is defended by administration officials as the culmination of a carefully thought-out "strategy review," in which Mr. Obama proffered the "rationale" for deploying additional troops and explained "The Way Forward in Afghanistan and Pakistan." Unfortunately, it failed to do any of this. Though he was standing before West Point's Corps of Cadets, the president's remarks were devoid of strategic vision, lacking any definition of...
  • Cadet Who Was Reading "Kill Bin Laden" At West Point Identified (W/Photo)

    12/03/2009 12:03:14 PM PST · by Talkradio03 · 93 replies · 3,804+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 12/3/09 | talkradio03
    Here is who the cadet is who was reading "Kill Bin Laden" in the AP Photo before Barry's speech at West Point...
  • Obama at West Point "You Guys Make a Pretty Good Photo Op"

    12/03/2009 9:30:18 AM PST · by vrwc54 · 35 replies · 2,549+ views
    You Tube ^ | 12/03/09 | RobtKraft
    West Point was another photo op for Obama except some of the photos didn't turn out as planned.
  • Obama's West Point Address ("I," "I," "I," "I," "i," "I,"...)

    12/03/2009 7:54:21 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 24 replies · 1,556+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/02/09 | Judi McLeod
    Some folk have been asking why Canada Free Press (CFP) didn’t cover President Barack Obama’s Tuesday night speech at West Point Military Academy. CFP was tuned in on the speech through Mark Levin’s syndicated radio show. Our coverage of the speech is as follows: “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”. Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me. (That’s the 44 times Obama referred to “I” and Me in the...
  • Picture of USMA Cadets

    12/03/2009 5:29:16 AM PST · by izzatzo · 46 replies · 1,850+ views
    Yahoo via DrudgeReport ^ | 12/03/09 | Yahoo
    Play Slideshow PauseSlowMedFast Photo Gallery . Tue Dec 1, 6:35 PM ET . Previous 485 of 580 Next . A U.S. Army cadet reads a book entitled "Kill Bin Laden" as he waits with other cadets for U.S. President Barack Obama to deliver an address on U.S. policy and the war in Afghanistan at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York December 1, 2009. Obama is expected to announce a plan to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan over six months in a bid to beat back the Taliban and bring a quicker end to a costly...
  • Cadets advised on the sound of 8,800 hands clapping

    12/03/2009 5:25:59 AM PST · by DBCJR · 24 replies · 1,466+ views
    Reporter's Notebook ^ | 12/3/09 @ 2:00 AM | Adam Bosch
    Before the speech, Col. James Seidule, a history professor at West Point, talked about the history of presidential visits to the military academy. Then he issued two stiff pieces of advice to the 4,400 cadets. The first was to avoid distracting Obama from the "serious business of addressing the American people." The second tip was on applause. Never clap to show support for policy decisions, Seidule said. Only clap when Obama enters the room, finishes his speech and when he mentions the hard work and valor of the military. "We are the executors, not the advocates, of national policy," he...
  • A military mother's take on the president's speech

    12/03/2009 3:53:21 AM PST · by Scanian · 8 replies · 621+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | December 02, 2009 | Beverly Gunn
    The stage was set at West Point last night and the backdrop was the Corps of Cadets, who served as props for the President's speech. It was not a proud moment. I saw all those young men and women, who are chosen and a part of the top ten percent of the greatest minds of their generation, and I wept. To use them as props seemed to me to serve as the worst insult ever offered by a leader of a nation. Yet, as I pondered the speech, the audience, their circumspect behavior, and the fatigue that washed over many...
  • In Contrast -- a GREAT West Point Speech: MacArthur's "Farewell to the Corps"

    12/02/2009 7:39:14 PM PST · by TXnMA · 20 replies · 867+ views
    American Rhetoric - Top 100 Speeches ^ | 12 May 1962, West Point, NY | General Douglas MacArthur
    One of Americas Greatest Speeches General Douglas Macarthur's "Farewell to the Corps" Delivered12 May 1962, at West Point, NY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ General Westmoreland, General Grove, distinguished guests, and gentlemen of the Corps!As I was leaving the hotel this morning, a doorman asked me, "Where are you bound for, General?" And when I replied, "West Point," he remarked, "Beautiful place. Have you ever been there before?"No human being could fail to be deeply moved by such a tribute as this [Thayer Award]. Coming from a profession I have served so long, and a people I have loved so well, it fills...
  • Cadet read ''Kill Bin Laden' book during Obama speech...

    12/02/2009 6:53:22 PM PST · by STONEWALLS · 45 replies · 2,882+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12-2-09 | Shannon Stapleton
    A U.S. Army cadet reads a book entitled "Kill Bin Laden" as he waits with other cadets for U.S. President Barack Obama to deliver an address on U.S. policy and the war in Afghanistan at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York December 1, 2009. Obama is expected to announce a plan to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan over six months in a bid to beat back the Taliban and bring a quicker end to a costly and unpopular eight-year war
  • Helen Thomas: "Afghanistan Looks More And More Like Vietnam" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    12/02/2009 4:47:16 PM PST · by seanmerc · 47 replies · 3,599+ views
    TheBostonChannel.com ^ | 2 Dec 09 | Helen "Surrender Monkey" Thomas
    President Obama May Not Remember Vietnam Turmoil WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama insists that his decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan by sending in 30,000 more troops is not Vietnam all over again. Well, it sure reminds me of the perils and the price of that unwinnable war in Southeast Asia and the political chaos it wreaked at home. In Afghanistan, the designated enemies are remnants of the weakened al-Qaida network and the native Taliban, which has been growing in strength despite the eight-year war started by President George W. Bush in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 catastrophe....
  • Starve the Beast (You know who I mean.)

    12/02/2009 3:10:48 PM PST · by timesthattrymenssouls · 4 replies · 380+ views
    Constitutional Guardian ^ | December 2, 2009 | Nancy Tengler
    There is much to think about. And to fret about. What with the President's Exit Without Victory speech last night in front of the pained, captive cadets of the United States Military Academy at Westpoint. We can wring our hands over the foolish and, frankly, reckless comments made by MSNBC (does anyone actually watch that network any more?) clown Chris Matthews that the president was making his speech in "enemy camp." Our esteemed military academy "enemy camp" for the Commander in Chief? Cut the microphone cord someone. Please. Many have talked of the speech and the incoherent strategy being offered...
  • Chris Matthews "Deeply Apologizes" For Calling West Point the "Enemy Camp" - Video

    12/02/2009 2:38:52 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 77 replies · 3,411+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 02, 2009 | Michael
    Here is video of Chris Matthews "deeply apologizing" for saying that Obama "went maybe to the enemy camp" last night about West Point. (Video) Here is the video of him calling West Point the "enemy camp" last night.
  • Caption Obama at West Point

    12/02/2009 10:13:26 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 33 replies · 1,828+ views
    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to cadets at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, December 1, 2009. Obama plans to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan over six months in a bid to beat back the Taliban and bring a quicker end to a costly and unpopular eight-year war.
  • Disappointment has a name

    12/02/2009 9:41:57 AM PST · by KatyLoraleyVidales · 2 replies · 481+ views
    The Tusk ^ | 12/02/2009 | Katy Loraley
    Obama's long awaited speech from West Point was nothing short of disappointing. After prioritizing a litany of important matters (i.e. family vacations or lobbying to have the Olympics held in Chicago), President Obama has decided that it is time to send our boys overseas some reinforcements and get them home by 2011. The Commander in Chief, against the advice of General Stanley McChrystal, decided to send in 30,000 troops, hoping that the rest of Americas allies will pick up the slack and make his 18 month time table work. Work---just in time for his re-election campaign. Writer Gabor Steingart put...
  • A sinking feeling: Prez inspired no confidence

    12/02/2009 2:43:24 AM PST · by Scanian · 19 replies · 1,374+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 2, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    Barack Obama made his debut as a war president last night -- and didn't inspire confidence, but almost a sinking feeling. The policy he unveiled after months of agonized deliberation is basically a sound one. He'll send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan so Gen. Stanley McChrystal can pursue the counter-insurgency campaign the general maintains is desperately needed to turn around the war. Obama deserves credit for making this call, which wasn't easy given the inherent difficulties of Afghanistan, his own instinctive reluctance to use military force and the fierce opposition of his political base.
  • Setting up our military to fail

    12/02/2009 2:37:14 AM PST · by Scanian · 17 replies · 980+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 2, 2009 | Ralph Peters
    Just plain nuts: That's the only possible characterization for last night's presidential declaration of surrender in advance of a renewed campaign in Afghanistan. President Obama will send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan -- but he'll "begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011." Then why send them? If you're going to tell the Taliban to be patient because we're leaving, what's the point in upping the blood ante? For what will come down to a single year by the time the troops hit the ground? Does Obama really expect to achieve in one year what...
  • The Wannabe CIC

    12/02/2009 3:24:29 AM PST · by MTank50 · 14 replies · 930+ views
    CROSSHAIRS - Opinions & Commentary ^ | 12-02-09 | Michael Tank
    President and Commander In Chief Barrack Obama was at West Point tonight to announce his plans for continuing the war in Afghanistan. Finally, in what was over three months after General McChrystal had asked for an additional forty thousand troops, a request that included the warning that without these troops the war may be lost, in another narcissistic, uninspiring and consistently contradictory speech Obama gave the Nation his answer. While leaving out the fact that Obama has been insisting for the last two years during his campaign that Afghanistan is a war that must be won, he shamelessly explained why...
  • The tingle in Chris Matthews leg goes to his brain

    12/02/2009 2:58:06 AM PST · by Scanian · 23 replies · 1,546+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | December 02, 2009 | Ethel C. Fenig
    Those tingles up his leg that MSNBC talker Chris Matthews gets from President Barack Obama (D) have apparently zapped Matthews' brain. Analyzing Obama's speech at West Point last night with Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann, Matthews observed "It seems like in this case, there isn't a lot of excitement. I watched the cadets, they were young kids - men and women who were committed to serving their country professionally it must be said, as officers. And, I didn't see much excitement. But among the older people there, I saw, if not resentment, skepticism. I didn't see a lot of warmth...
  • Matthews Calls West Point, Site of Obama Speech 'The Enemy Camp,' 'Strange Venue'

    12/01/2009 6:48:46 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 34 replies · 2,475+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | December 1, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    Either MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews let one slip tonight, or it was an extremely poor choice of words. Following President Barack Obama's Dec. 1 speech, which he announced his intentions for increasing troop levels in Afghanistan, MSNBC followed with wrap-up coverage of his speech with arguably three of their most prominent on-air personalities - "Countdown" host Keith Olbermann, "The Rachel Maddow Show" host Rachel Maddow and Matthews. Matthews referred to a scene from "Gone with the Wind" about the American Civil War as an example of "excitement" going into a war. He said that was lacking in the room...
  • Text of Hussein's Speech (Re-formatted. Hussein used "I" 45 times, "victory" zero.)

    12/01/2009 8:05:28 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 37 replies · 1,480+ views
    Various | 12/1/09 | Hussein's Teleprompter
    Good evening. To the United States Corps of Cadets, to the men and women of our armed services and to my fellow Americans: I want to speak to you tonight about our effort in Afghanistan -- the nature of our commitment there, the scope of our interests and the strategy that my Administration will pursue to bring this war to a successful conclusion. It is an honor for me to do so here -- at West Point -- where so many men and women have prepared to stand up for our security, and to represent what is finest about our...
  • Obama at West Point: Shhh, we can't say 'Victory'

    12/01/2009 7:49:10 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 5 replies · 378+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | December 1, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    First, the executive summary: President Obama announced to our enemy the date we will walk away from the fight. Win, lose, or draw, we are gone in July 2011. Now I am no general, but it seems that telling your enemy that, after fighting us for 8 years, he only needs to wait another year and a half and we will be out of his hair, is frankly idiotic. Oh, and just for good measure, he threw in that we would be cleared out of Iraq by, you guessed it, 2011. Good plan for the ol' reelection bid there Mr....
  • OBAMA'S AFGHANISTAN SPEECH AT WEST POINT: POMPOUS, POLITICAL, AND PATHETIC

    12/01/2009 7:40:05 PM PST · by TheFreedomPoster · 42 replies · 1,886+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | December 1, 2009 | Matthew Burke
    President Barack Obama's speech Tuesday night at West Point was loose with the facts, to put it generously. It's disgraceful that the "Commander-in-Chief" would use this important address before our Cadets of West Point to perform his usual deception, omission, blame, lack of responsibilty, and self-promotion. If Obama can't be can't be straight with the military, who can he be honest with
  • Obama Dropped "God Bless our troops" From Afghan War Speech Finale; Did He Insult Cadets?

    12/01/2009 7:12:21 PM PST · by kristinn · 46 replies · 3,424+ views
    Tuesday, December 1, 2009 | Kristinn
    Did the commander-in-chief deliberately insult the cadets and troops at West Point when he ended his speech to them on Afghanistan this evening? After thirty-three interminable minutes of Barack Obama doing the teleprompter swivel he snapped his head in mid-pivot, did a quick Mussolini chin pose as he composed himself, and then looked directly in to the camera for dramatic effect as his speech drew to its climax and he spoke directly to "America" like some great lover seducing a nation with his soulful brown eyes:America – we are passing through a time of great trial. And the message that...
  • VIDEO: MSNBC's Matthews: Obama Went Into "Enemy Camp" To Deliver Afghan Speech

    12/01/2009 6:11:35 PM PST · by ianschwartz · 37 replies · 1,613+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 1, 2009 | RealClearPolitics
    MSNBC's Chris Matthews says President Obama went into "enemy camp" when he delivered his Afghanistan speech at West Point.
  • Lackluster Response by West Point Cadets

    12/01/2009 5:38:54 PM PST · by DBCJR · 71 replies · 3,220+ views
    Anyone notice how the cadets clapped without energy, on cue, and the almost slouching seating? They were instructed to be polite, to show respect, but their hearts were not in it.
  • O's Window Dressing: A'stan speech to be all show

    12/01/2009 2:54:35 AM PST · by Scanian · 19 replies · 914+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 1, 2009 | Ralph Peters
    In the art-auction world, the trick to selling a bad painting is to put it in a terrific frame. That's the logic behind President Obama's West Point speech tonight. Condemned by his own vacillation to sketching a picture repulsive to multiple constituencies, Obama will use the impressive frame of West Point to lend his remarks an illusion of glorious leadership. The event will be impressive: The US Military Academy does pomp and circumstance well. The cadets will be immaculate and perfectly behaved, applauding on cue (no Joe Wilson "You lie!" shout-outs from this hyper-disciplined bunch).
  • Will Obama Seize His Big Mac Moment?

    11/29/2009 5:00:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 71 replies · 2,427+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2009 | David R. Stokes
    This Tuesday, Barack Obama will travel to the United States Military Academy at West Point to deliver the most important address of his young presidency. He has obviously chosen the site for the speech with great care and in the hope that the backdrop – a storied scene on the Hudson – will engender an image of him as a strong and effective commander in chief. It is probably a smart move, but one not without a measure of risk. The President of the United States will be treated with respect and be received enthusiastically – all very appropriate and...
  • Live From West Point...It's President Obama

    11/27/2009 6:23:45 AM PST · by halthouse1 · 24 replies · 923+ views
    The Political Commentator ^ | November 27, 2009 | Michael Haltman
    As If Making The Afghanistan Announcement From West Point Fools Anyone It has been close to 90 days since the demands made by General McCrystal were aired, and the leisurely process seems to be finally winding down despite itself. The healthcare plan has passed the initial hurdle to get to the Senate floor, so the field is clear to make an announcement on troop strength and strategy. Now if this was a war the way that WWII was a war and President Obama was a general, we would have been in big trouble. If every decision that is "critical" takes...
  • Obama to Speak From West Point Tuesday on Afghanistan

    11/25/2009 11:13:05 AM PST · by DBCJR · 31 replies · 678+ views
    NY Times ^ | 11/26/09 | By HELENE COOPER and ERIC SCHMITT
    President Obama said Tuesday that he was determined to “finish the job” in Afghanistan, and his aides signaled to allies that he would send as many as 25,000 to 30,000 additional American troops there even as they cautioned that the final number remained in flux. Obama had completed his consultations with his war council and would formally announce his decision in a national address at 8 p.m. Tuesday from the United States Military Academy at West Point. ... “After eight years — some of those years in which we did not have, I think, either the resources or the strategy...
  • Genaral David Howell Petraeus Highway (NY Route 218)

    10/09/2009 6:52:13 AM PDT · by jdfromny · 5 replies · 397+ views
    When GEN David H. Petraeus ’74 comes to West Point to attend his 35th Reunion this afternoon, he also will attend a ceremony for the re-naming of about a mile of County Route 107 in Cornwall, NY, currently known as Quaker Avenue, in his honor. GEN Petraeus was raised in Cornwall-on-Hudson, graduated from Cornwall High School, and then entered West Point, just eight miles away. Now Quaker Avenue connects to Highway 9W and has exit signs that are very prominent, but a more interesting section of road to re-name in the general’s honor would have been a lesser-known stretch of...