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Old 12-02-2009, 08:53 AM  
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Westpoint Cadets Asked To Respond "Enthusiastically" To Obama Speech

Never before has a speech by President Barack Obama felt as false as his Tuesday address announcing America's new strategy for Afghanistan. It seemed like a campaign speech combined with Bush rhetoric -- and left both dreamers and realists feeling distraught.

One can hardly blame the West Point leadership. The academy commanders did their best to ensure that Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama's speech would be well-received.

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.

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. 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.

An additional 30,000 US soldiers are to march into Afghanistan -- and then they will march right back out again. America is going to war -- and from there it will continue ahead to peace. It was the speech of a Nobel War Prize laureate.

Just in Time for the Campaign

For each troop movement, Obama had a number to match. 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.

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.

It was a dizzying combination of surge and withdrawal, of marching to and fro. The fast pace was reminiscent of plays about the French revolution: Troops enter from the right to loud cannon fire and then they exit to the left. And at the end, the dead are left on stage.

Obama's Magic No Longer Works

But in this case, the public was more disturbed than entertained. Indeed, one could see the phenomenon in a number of places in recent weeks: Obama's magic no longer works. The allure of his words has grown weaker.

It is not he himself who has changed, but rather the benchmark used to evaluate him. For a president, the unit of measurement is real life. A leader is seen by citizens through the prism of their lives -- their job, their household budget, where they live and suffer. And, in the case of the war on terror, where they sometimes die.

Political dreams and yearnings for the future belong elsewhere. That was where the political charmer Obama was able to successfully capture the imaginations of millions of voters. It is a place where campaigners -- particularly those with a talent for oration -- are fond of taking refuge. It is also where Obama set up his campaign headquarters, in an enormous tent called "Hope."

In his speech on America's new Afghanistan strategy, Obama tried to speak to both places. It was two speeches in one. That is why it felt so false. Both dreamers and realists were left feeling distraught.

The American president doesn't need any opponents at the moment. He's already got himself.

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Old 12-02-2009, 08:58 AM   #2
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Kind of hard to be enthusiastic about staring down death with Obama's news of more troops. Those are KIDS, that he's putting in harm's way for DRUGS. I'm not pleased with another bogus war to drain more money from the tax payers.
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:31 AM   #3
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I'm guessing that they don't feel he's fully committed to the mission, given his middling and calculation for a year on this issue.

If he's not enthusiastic about letting them accomplish the mission, why would they be?
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:38 AM   #4
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All the lefties where I work are dismayed. I'm a conservative, I'm dismayed. This dude managed to piss everyone off last night.

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Old 12-02-2009, 09:40 AM   #5
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....they chould've used flashing applause signs
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I wonder who asked them to do that?
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:42 AM   #7
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Westpoint Cadets Asked To Respond "Enthusiastically" To Obama Speech

So he's pulling a Bush here as well.
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:44 AM   #8
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All the lefties where I work are dismayed. I'm a conservative, I'm dismayed. This dude managed to piss everyone off last night.

He's actually keeping a campaign promise. Just remind those lefties that
this is one campaign promise he's keeping.
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:45 AM   #9
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I have a high ranking friend in the AF stationed in Mo and from what I gather the military did actually have support for Bush. And he says at the beginning Obama was getting no less support. Now from what he says it is really a bad deal with military across branches having no respect for the prez.

There was a video of the cadets last night falling asleep. Proof they are human.
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I have a high ranking friend in the AF stationed in Mo and from what I gather the military did actually have support for Bush. And he says at the beginning Obama was getting no less support. Now from what he says it is really a bad deal with military across branches having no respect for the prez.

There was a video of the cadets last night falling asleep. Proof they are human.
Well, if I were a soldier in Afghanistan suffering being attacked, I'd feel the same way. It's not like they know what's really going on. So naturally they'd feel less protected.
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Lefty Mouthpiece Mathews calls West point the "enemy camp". At what point do lefties see how stupid that comes across?

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Lefty Mouthpiece Mathews calls West point the "enemy camp". At what point do lefties see how stupid that comes across?

At what point, do you realize by using division, you've fallen right into their plan? DIVIDE and CONQUER. There is no right and left, it's big government versus states rights. Wake up.
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