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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 07:45 PM
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Obama's hesitancy on war buildup sends messages
Edited on Thu Nov-12-09 07:56 PM by babylonsister
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iqyaF...

Obama's hesitancy on war buildup sends messages

By ROBERT BURNS and BEN FELLER (AP) 1 hour ago


WASHINGTON President Barack Obama's drawn-out decision-making on Afghanistan is sending messages. To the Afghan government: Clean up your act. To the Pentagon: I'm no rubber stamp. To the American public: More troops can't be the sole answer.

Obama has been accused by some Republicans of "dithering" about whether to send more troops and deepen U.S. involvement in an increasingly unpopular war.

The slow process also has left him open to critics who recall his pronouncement in March, after developing what he called a "stronger, smarter and comprehensive" Afghan war strategy, that the situation there was "increasingly perilous." He ordered more troops to battle then, with little discernible result so far.

This time, he's making it clear he won't be rushed. Or pushed. And the way the messages he's sending play out could help determine whether the war effort is sustainable in the long run.

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Obama is out to show a methodical approach to wartime decision-making that incorporates, but is not wedded to, the advice of the military.

The White House has also sought to distance itself from the style of President George W. Bush, whom Obama officials had long accused of being unwilling to listen to dissent.


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It's also notable that while this deliberation has evolved, a president just 10 months on the job has gotten a much more direct look at the human cost of war, which has undoubtedly affected his thinking.

At Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, he greeted the remains of soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

At Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, he saw troops grievously injured in war.

At Fort Hood in Texas, he consoled the families of soldiers shot dead, allegedly by one of their own.

Even on Thursday, during his brief stop at Elmendorf, Obama was to meet privately with the family of a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan.

Before his Fort Hood trip this week, Obama said the visit "absolutely has an impact because it reminds me of the costs involved. It reminds me that these aren't abstractions."


As for the increasingly anxious American people, Obama said in late September: "I understand the public's weariness of this war, given that it comes on top of weariness about the war in Iraq."

His response: "I would expect that the public would ask some very tough questions. That's exactly what I'm doing, is asking some very tough questions."
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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 07:52 PM
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1. Good stuff...
He's smarter than we are; he has surrounded himself with people who are smarter than we are; he has intelligence operations we don't have; he has far more information than we do.

We don't need to escalate... war is not the answer... only love can conquer hate...

I'm trusting him to find a better way, and it sounds as if he is desperately seeking that better way.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 08:22 PM
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8. Thank you, JuniperLea~
And, he has more experience than we do.
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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 12:46 PM
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11. Did you see this?
In keeping with this thread, and past discussions...


http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...


Can you imagine if JFK had caved to the pressure? Saints preserve us!
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 06:03 PM
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12. Yes, thank you..another reason
I'm so glad we have who we have running our country now..all of them.
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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 07:56 PM
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2. K&R. It's sad to see that not only RWers, but some DUers still don't trust Obama to
make what he truly thinks is the best decision.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 08:02 PM
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3. Most of the malcontents here will find fault with Obama regardless
of what he does or doesn't do. I'm not sad, I'm resolved to seeing that reaction, and there are certain people who inject their hate in every thread. It's pretty obvious, so I usually try (but am not always successful) to ignore them.

:hi:
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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 08:12 PM
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5. Yeah, you're right.
Good point. It's to the point where we know that someone's post will be negative just by seeing their screen-name. I know how you feel.

:hi:
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 08:18 PM
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6. That's right and we caught more than a whiff of that
on your "Best Speech Ever" thread.

They had absolutely no clue just unbridled hate.
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wroberts189 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 08:03 PM
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4. knr
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 08:20 PM
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7. OT but Yay! I'm not getting the bug errors now
that I got for 100 times in a row starting last night and today. Went to work, came back and it's all good :)
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 09:17 PM
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9. Let me try.......
..... crossing my fingers!

(and hopefully Babs wont mind me KICKING her thread in the process! lol)
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 09:32 PM
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10. It's a very
kickable thread. :)
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gademocrat7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 06:08 PM
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13. I am kicking it too.
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Beetwasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 06:15 PM
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14. What Can I Say Except I Trust Him
He may not do exactly what I want, but I trust his decision will be what he really thinks is the best one to lead to the greatest good or least tragic outcome.
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HopeOverFear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 06:52 PM
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15. No more presidentin' from the gut
lol
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