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Brutal Assessment of Obama’s Afghan Speech

John on December 2, 2009 at 2:38 pm

From a less-than-impressed Der Spiegel:

Just minutes before the president took the stage inside Eisenhower Hall, the gathered cadets were asked to respond “enthusiastically” to the speech. But it didn’t help: The soldiers’ reception was cool.

Yes, cool as in icy.

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One didn’t have to be a cadet on Tuesday to feel a bit of nausea upon hearing Obama’s speech. It was the least truthful address that he has ever held.

Sorry, maybe you haven’t heard very many. I’d nominate this one. You could also substitute just about any of his interchangeable speeches on health reform.

He spoke of responsibility, but almost every sentence smelled of party tactics. He demanded sacrifice, but he was unable to say what it was for exactly.

Not for winning, since we’ll be leaving in 18 months.

US strength in Afghanistan will be tripled relative to the Bush years, a fact that is sure to impress hawks in America. But just 18 months later, just in time for Obama’s re-election campaign, the horror of war is to end and the draw down will begin. The doves of peace will be let free.

That has to be a coincidence. There’s no way he’d sell out the Afghans and pull the plug on the mission because of an election, right?

The speech continued in that vein. It was as though Obama had taken one of his old campaign speeches and merged it with a text from the library of ex-President George W. Bush. Extremists kill in the name of Islam, he said, before adding that it is one of the “world’s great religions.” He promised that responsibility for the country’s security would soon be transferred to the government of President Hamid Karzai — a government which he said was “corrupt.” The Taliban is dangerous and growing stronger. But “America will have to show our strength in the way that we end wars,” he added.

Turns out there’s a fine line between triangulation and incoherence.

It was a dizzying combination of surge and withdrawal, of marching to and fro.

It took him three months to come up with this Thanksgiving turkey!

[HT: The inestimable Gateway Pundit]

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