Tales from the Trail

Skelton making point on Afghanistan with turn of phrase

September 22, 2009

Sometimes it takes a colorful phrase to get the point across.

IRAQ-USA/PETRAEUSAnd these days when it seems almost everyone’s got an opinion on Afghanistan, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton’s words caught attention.

In a six-page letter to President Barack Obama, the Missouri Democrat bared his view that General Stanley McChrystal should have the troops and resources he needs for the war.

“The last administration allowed itself to be distracted from the fight forced on us in Afghanistan by the fight it chose in Iraq,” Skelton wrote.

“I believe that this was a strategic mistake, robbing the war in Afghanistan of the necessary resources and resulting in an approach of ‘half-ass it and hope.’ We cannot afford to continue that policy.”

Can bumper stickers be far behind?

Photo credit: Reuters/Joshua Roberts (Skelton on Capitol Hill in 2008)

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Apparently Obama received this request 3 weeks ago,and if it had not been leaked we would had probably only heard the response from Gates who was obviously influenced to say that no more troops were needed.What is scary is that the liberals have convinced them selves that all the hostility was a result of Bushes bellicose behaviour,and because he is gone then so should all the hostility.This liberal attitude can have no greater example than the three captured students from” Berkley” actually hiking in the region between Iraq and Iran can you imagine such stupidity.A sense of reality has to prevail in the Obama government an appeasement approach is not going to work with these fanatics.

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When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains

Rudyard Kipling

Posted by mel palmer | Report as abusive
 

Mr. Lee could not be more correct. There is something about the liberal psyche which prevents their comprehending the true depth and extent of danger staring them in the face. The same can be said of those two ‘Current TV’ reporters who risked not just their lives but handed North Korea a propaganda victory by patently ignoring threats of arrest by North Korean border guards, to say nothing of the horrific fate their assistant suffered (strange – and pathetic – no one sought to secure his release, perhaps because he had already been tortured to death). It’s the same each time; those people who try and live among wild bears (and are eaten alive for it) are no different than liberals who face strategic threats on the world stage – they are simply blind to them. They can’t see the danger to save their very lives. The LAST person on earth who should fail to see how incredibly dangerous it is not to achieve absolute victory over the Taliban (and everyone else like them) is the leader of the free world. These extremists are the mortal enemy of free people the world over – period. There is no gray area in which to waffle or “dialogue.” But because he is an extreme liberal, he fails utterly to listen to his own commanders on the ground. Maybe he wants to micromanage the war like LBJ did in Vietnam and ensure a costly defeat instead of a decisive victory.

Pay attention if you don’t believe me; everyone who ends up on the news for having done something extraordinarily stupid to get themselves hurt (or killed) are always politically very liberal. Even researchers who study this exact issue are discovering how true it is; if you are politically liberal, you won’t see danger in situations which are clearly VERY dangerous.

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