Submitted By Todd on May 16th at 3:36am
Obama will immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq. He will remove one to two combat brigades each month, and have all of our combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months.Once the anti-war candidate, the President now plans on keeping the Iraq war going indefinitely, and the war in Afghanistan is known as AfPak around the White House - to signal the expansion of their vision of the conflict to include nuclear ready Pakistan.
The nomination of General McChrystal suggests that the US is seeking a new approach to its actions in Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, analysts are quick to point out that no one is entirely clear what that strategy will be.With the closure of Gitmo not happening anytime soon, the President is now endorsing the Bush Administration's military commissions that he had campaigned against.
"President Obama is reinstating the same deeply-flawed military commissions that in June 2008 he called an 'enormous failure.'What happened?
As a candidate for president, Barack Obama offered himself as a clear alternative to Bush-era anti-terrorism policies. Governing has proven muddier.The things that were supposedly the cause of the left's loathing of W. have now been embraced by the Messiah, and few have said "Boo."
In one swift move, Obama both backtracks on a major campaign promise to change the way the United States fights terrorism and undermines the nation's core respect for the rule of law by sacrificing due process for political expediency.Thank God for Amnesty International, apparently the only ones on the left who have emerged from their Obama induced stupor enough to remember that they used to have principles.
"What happened to President Obama's confidence in the U.S. justice system's ability to try detainees? He himself said that 'we need not throw away 200 years of American jurisprudence while we fight terrorism.'Introducing W2.
Obama backed Bush's wireless wiretapping program, expanded the war in Afghanistan, and opposed prosecution of those involved in alleged torture of detainees -- a refusal that continues to echo as the country publicly debates the effectiveness of past interrogations.But wait - the ACLU is also awakening to the gravity of the deception.
The reaction has been fierce. The American Civil Liberties Union accused Obama of "stonewalling tactics and opaque policies" after the photo decision. And yesterday, the group threw Obama's own words from the campaign back at him: "You can't put lipstick on a pig," they said of his efforts to revamp the commissions. Human rights groups vowed to fight Obama in court.The left is starting to act like the left! They're starting to realize that they've been duped! Used! Baited and Switched!
Yesterday's announcement was a unmistakable reversal for a man who, as a candidate, had promised to shelve the military commissions and called their use under Bush an "enormous failure."How deep will the rage of the left become as the magnitude of the deception seeps into their consciousness??
"I have faith in America's courts," Obama said on Aug. 7. "I have faith in our JAGs. As president, I'll close Guantanamo, reject the Military Commissions Act, adhere to the Geneva Conventions. Our Constitution and our Uniform Code of Military Justice provide a framework for dealing with the terrorists."What will they say when Gitmo isn't closed come January?