The View From 1776

Obama’s Tough Choices

Will the president’s only executive experience - as a rabble-rousing, socialist community agitator - prove to be inadequate when tested by major foreign policy threats?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/29 at 12:47 AM
  1. Afghanistan should no longer be a high priority to the US national security. The Taliban is not now, and never was, a threat to the United States. They are clearly bad people, but there are bad people all over the world, and it it not possible to kill them all with our limited resources.

    Except for a few cities, Afghanistan is essentially a huge, ungovernable mountainous country with hundreds incorrigible tribal clans that are not going to be won over to an "American style" democratic government any time soon, and it is foolish to think that they might.

    The Afghan government that Bush poured billions into to support, has proved itself to be corrupt, much like the government of South Vietnam. It is not within our power to "uncorrupt" them by threats or by carrots of more dollars. If the people of Afghanistan do not support their government, our military presence will be seen as invaders, not saviors. Although it will be a politically tough decision, a withdrawal of ground forces is clearly in our national security interest.

    Al Qaeda is fluid and can move to any country (Somilia, Pakistan, etc) so the idea that was need to "secure" Afghanistan territorially to "oust" Al Qaeda is also blatant nonsense.

    The newly discovered Iranian nuke factory, designed and built during the Bush years, needs to be addressed now by Obama. He does not need the distraction of trying to cure the ills of a corrupt Afghanistan at this time.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/29  at  10:30 AM
  2. Mr. Jay, you say, "Afghanistan should no longer be a high priority to the US national security. The Taliban is not now, and never was, a threat to the United States."

    Why then did Democrat/Socialists, from Obama to Pelosi, continually bang the drum for pulling out of Iraq and moving our army into Afghanistan?
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/29  at  02:40 PM
  3. You are correct that Obama and Pelosi did make that a campaign issue. I do not agree with them on that. In my opinion, it was a political move, to say "move the troops to Afghanistan" rather then say "Bring them home" because of the success of the Republicans in painting the Dems as weak on defense.

    There is nearly uniform agreement that Bush pulled out of Afghanistan before OBL was captured and before the job was adequately done, in order to get into HIS lovely war in Iraq. That was, no doubt, a huge error. But now conditions have changed. Our army is exhausted. Al Qaeda is AWOL somewhere in Pakistan, and the Karzai government has been shown to be corrupt.

    It is no longer in the National Interest to exhaust our army further running around the hills of this desolate country shooting at furtive clans of tribesmen. The Taliban may be horrible people, but we cannot cure every ill in the world.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  10/02  at  04:02 PM
  4. Obama could begin to solve all the problems in his world by altering his definition of 'human' to one that is consistently accurate & Constituional.

    CONTEMPORARY COMMENTS
    "I should think that if there is one thing that man has learned about
    himself it is that he is a creature of choice." Richard M. Weaver

    "Man is a being capable of subduing his emotions and impulses; he can
    rationalize his behavior. He arranges his wishes into a scale, he chooses;
    in short, he acts. What distinguishes man from beasts is precisely that he
    adjusts his behavior deliberately." Ludwig von Mises

    "To make any sense of the idea of morality, it must be presumed that the
    human being is responsible for his actions and responsibility cannot be
    understood apart from the presumption of freedom of choice." John
    Chamberlain

    "The advocate of liberty believes that it is complementary of the orderly
    laws of cause and effect, of probability and of chance, of which man is not
    completely informed. It is complementary of them because it rests in part
    upon the faith that each individual is endowed by his Creator with the power
    of individual choice." Wendell J. Brown

    "These examples demonstrate a basic truth -- that human dignity is embodied
    in the free choice of individuals." Condoleeza Rice

    "Our Founding Fathers believed that we live in an ordered universe. They
    believed themselves to be a part of the universal order of things. Stated
    another way, they believed in God. They believed that every man must find
    his own place in a world where a place has been made for him. They sought
    independence for their nation but, more importantly, they sought freedom for
    individuals to think and act for themselves. They established a republic
    dedicated to one purpose above all others - the preservation of individual
    liberty..." Ralph W. Husted

    "We have the gift of an inner liberty so far-reaching that we can choose
    either to accept or reject the God who gave it to us, and it would seem to
    follow that the Author of a liberty so radical wills that we should be
    equally free in our relationships with other men. Spiritual liberty
    logically demands conditions of outer and social freedom for its
    completion." Edmund A. Opitz

    "Above all I see an ability to choose the better from the worse that has
    made possible life's progress." Charles Lindbergh

    "Freedom is the Right to Choose, the Right to create for oneself the
    alternatives of Choice. Without the possibility of Choice, and the exercise
    of Choice, a man is not a man but a member, an instrument, a thing." Thomas
    Jefferson

    THE QUESTION AND THE ANSWER
    Q: "What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You
    visit him?" Psalm 8:4
    A: "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set
    before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that
    both you and your descendants may live." Deuteronomy 30:19

    Q: "Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man,
    that you are mindful of him?" Psalm 144:3
    A: "And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves
    this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served
    that were on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in
    whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
    Joshua 24:15

    Q: "What is man, that he could be pure? And he who is born of a woman, that
    he could be righteous?" Job 15:14
    A: "Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way he
    chooses." Psalm 25:12

    Q: "What is man, that You should magnify him, that You should set Your heart
    on him?" Job 7:17
    A: "Do not envy the oppressor and choose none of his ways." Proverbs 3:31

    Q: "What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You take
    care of him?" Hebrews 2:6
    A: "I have chosen the way of truth; your judgments I have laid before me."
    Psalm 119:30 "Let Your hand become my help, for I have chosen Your
    precepts."Psalm 119:173

    No one is smarter than their criteria. selah jfb
    Posted by Jim Baxter  on  10/09  at  09:55 AM
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