The Inadequate And Time Limited Surge

On August 30th of this year, Gen. Stanley McChrystal sent an assessment on the war in Afghanistan as well as a request for more troops to Defense Secretary Robert Gates. By the third week in September he had received no response to his request.

The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that without them, the eight-year conflict “will likely result in failure,” according to a copy of the 66-page document obtained by The Washington Post.

It took 93 days for the Obama Administration to make the decision. Yet, in the President’s speech on Afghanistan last night, President Barack Obama said,

As your Commander-in-Chief, I owe you a mission that is clearly defined, and worthy of your service. That is why, after the Afghan voting was completed, I insisted on a thorough review of our strategy. Let me be clear: there has never been an option before me that called for troop deployments before 2010, so there has been no delay or denial of resources necessary for the conduct of the war.

There might have been no denial of resources, since Gen. McChrystal did state that he needed more forces within the next year, but there was definitely a delay in the decision regarding the number of troops that would be sent.

In 1991, Operation Desert Storm took just 42 days. In 2001, our response following the attacks on September 11th took 26 days. In 2003, our troops took Baghdad in 21 days.

It took President Obama 93 days to make the decision to send additional troops to Afghanistan. The troops will be sent over the course of the next six months and then they can focus on doing the job they will be sent to do. President Obama doesn’t seem to understand the concept of time, and it appears he thinks he has the luxury of time on his side.

In his request, Gen. McChrystal asked for more than 40,000 additional troops to help him accomplish his goal and warned that failure to provide adequate resources could very well result in mission failure.

Toward the end of his report, McChrystal revisits his central theme: “Failure to provide adequate resources also risks a longer conflict, greater casualties, higher overall costs, and ultimately, a critical loss of political support. Any of these risks, in turn, are likely to result in mission failure.”

President Obama specifically chose Gen. McChrystal for this mission, and you might think that he would allow the man to do his job, and support the decisions he makes in the field. But he doesn’t. Instead he is sending just 30,000 additional troops to fill Gen. McChrystal’s request.

This review is now complete. And as Commander-in-Chief, I have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan. After 18 months, our troops will begin to come home. These are the resources that we need to seize the initiative, while building the Afghan capacity that can allow for a responsible transition of our forces out of Afghanistan.

It’s bad enough he is sending far less manpower than was requested, but in the statement above he also announced to the enemy when we would be pulling out. You can’t win a battle without adequate troop levels and you can’t win a war if you tell your enemy when you plan to leave the battlefield.

The President’s speech last night felt fake, was long winded, and it was very disappointing. He whined and lied about the previous administration (again).

It’s time for President Obama to realize that Afghanistan is his war now and we won’t delay when holding him accountable for his actions, or the lack thereof.

On a side note:

While referring to the President’s speech on Afghanistan last night, Chris Matthews said the United States Military Academy at West Point was the “enemy camp”.

The mindset of those on the far left side of the aisle never ceases to amaze me.

Three Thoughts. Three Failures. One President.

Today was a fun day. I had to take two of the boys to the doctor to confirm they have poison ivy again. It seems the dog decided to play in the wooded area and then came into the house and hugged on the boys. Fun schtuff I tell you. Okay, not really, but once the Prednisone kicks in they should be fine.

Thought #1

Many months ago Gen. Stanley McChrystal requested 40,000 troops for the war in Afghanistan. Six days ago, a source at the Pentagon was sure that the President would be sending 34,000 troops.

According to several sources, the number of troops is now just 30,000. who knows what the number will be tomorrow, but it’s clear that President Obama’s own delay is cutting more than 660 troops per day.

Thought #2

Is the Obama administration thinking of allowing our soldiers to be prosecuted for war crimes?

Team Obama may allow US soldiers to be tried in the Hague for war crimes. The Wall Street Journal reported, via Jihad Watch:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed “great regret” in August that the U.S. is not a signatory to the International Criminal Court (ICC). This has fueled speculation that the Obama administration may reverse another Bush policy and sign up for what could lead to the trial of Americans for war crimes in The Hague.

Another failed policy from the The Failed One®.

Thought #3

Global warming (aka climate change) is a serious issue. This past week, the data which served as the very foundation for the entire man-made climate change argument was debunked.

Do we have an impact on climate change? We can’t be sure now, because those who were responsible for the research tossed the raw data. That’s right. The very scientists who were arguing that man-made global warming exists simply destroyed the data which, if they were telling the truth, would have supported their argument.

In light of these events, you would think people might start waking up, but that simply is not the case.

There is “virtually no possibility” of a few scientists biasing the advice given to governments by the UN’s top global warming body, its chair said today.

Even Carol Browner, the White House “Climate Change Czar” doesn’t seem to care that these scientists were fudging numbers and lying to the entire world.

Ms. Browner initially shrugged when asked about the e-mails, saying she didn’t have a reaction. But when a reporter followed up, she said she will stick with the consensus of the 2,500 climate scientists on the International Panel on Climate Change who concluded global warming is happening and is most likely being pushed by human actions.

It looks like it’s going to take a lot more than evidence and the truth to convince anyone in the White House that they have been duped. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stated,

“There’s no real scientific basis for the dispute of this (climate change)”

There is no real scientific basis supporting global warming either. Not any more. The scientists threw away the data, and even if they hadn’t, it appears that the data simply did not support their argument anyway (which is probably the reason they tossed the data in the first place).

Conventions, Cons, Control, & Comparisons

Mute SwanToday was an incredibly busy day. I tried to catch up on a project, clean my office, find some notes, and make sure I have everything I need to cook a delicious Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday.

In spite of my long to-do list, I accomplished a lot today and tomorrow looks to be another awesome day.

The photo to the left (which you can click to see my other images at Flickr) was taken in Carrollton, Georgia this past weekend. This Mute Swan made a great photo subject because it just stood there the whole time while I was about 20 feet away.

Thought #1

President George W. Bush decided not to sign an international convention banning land mines. In an effort to prove he is no George Bush, President Barack Obama has instead decided not to sign an international convention banning land mines.

The Obama administration has decided not to sign an international convention banning land mines.

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said Tuesday that the administration recently completed a review and decided not to change the Bush-era policy.

“We decided that our land mine policy remains in effect,” he said.

More than 150 countries have agreed to the Mine Ban Treaty’s provisions to end the production, use, stockpiling and trade in mines. Besides the United States, holdouts include: China, India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Russia.

The more things change, the more they stay the same, huh? Just look at those other awesome countries doing the same thing!

Thought #2

Doesn’t it seem a tad bit hypocritical when a convicted felon calls a hard-working respected governor “dangerous”?

During a Saturday broadcast, lifestyle television diva Martha Stewart panned former lawmaker Sarah Palin, calling her a “dangerous person” who Stewart “wouldn’t watch… if you paid me.”

I bet Martha would change her tune if you offered her a good stock tip instead of cash compensation.

Thought #3

In addition to health care reform and illegal immigration, it appears there may just be another battle on the horizon.

According to the American Land Rights Association, the Obama Administration and Congress are attempting to pass the Clean Water Restoration Act of 2009 (S787) that would amend the 1972 Clean Water Act and replace the words “navigable waters” with “waters of the United States.”

It’s time to research the Clean Water Act of 1972, because the phrase “waters of the United States” includes a whole lot more water than the previous statement “navigable waters”.

This section of the Clean Water Restoration Act of 2009 appears to strip water rights away from states, which is a clear violation of the Tenth Amendment which says,

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

I’m no legal scholar, but upon first glance it appears that this new bill may violate the Constitution, which seems to be a constant theme with this administration and the powers that be in Congress.

Thought #4

Gen. Stanley McChrystal has requested 40,000 additional troops for the war in Afghanistan. Gen. McChrystal graduated from West Point in 1976 and has served his country proudly ever since. He has a long and distinguished career in military matters and has extensive experience managing troops and making decisions to get the job done.

President Barack Hussein Obama has decided to send just 34,000 troops to Afghanistan, or at least he thinks that may be his final answer. President Obama attended grade schools in Jakarta, Indonesia and high school in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 1983, he graduated from Columbia University in New York with a B.A. in political science. He served as a “community organizer” and he worked as a constitutional law professor for 12 years at the University of Chicago Law School. Since becoming President he has a long and distinguished record of delaying his decisions related to military matters, ignoring his commander(s) in the field, and he has accomplished little if anything when it comes to getting the job done.

Imagine, for a moment, how different our nation would be today if their roles were reversed.

Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it.
Richard Lamm