I’m beginning to have flashbacks to Vietnam where all the guys around you start disappearing and you are waiting for the bullet with your name on it. ” To whom it may concern”
I wonder how many more servicemen will die and be be maimed while our illustrious commander in chief huddles with his politicos (not his generals) and decides if the surge will hurt his numbers in the polls. I can understand, what’s more important—twenty or thirty young Marines coming back home in baggies or his poll numbers? A president has gotta have a sense of priorities. And that foolish address at NAS Jax: ” I won’t put you in harm’s way unless it is absolutely necessary”. Well—now we know what is necessary. BTW–I must have missed the squadrons of Taliban torpedo bombers hunting for our carriers in the Indian Ocean. Funny—the president could have given that pep talk to the 82nd Airborne at Ft Dix or the 8th Marines at Camp LeJeune—he went all the way to FLORIDA to give his inane comments to sailors at a Naval Air Station. Wonder why that was?
And now this little gem. State Dept employee resigns in protest. Yup—–Vietnam redux. What does LBJ and BHO have in Common? A whole lot.
WASHINGTON — A former Marine who fought in Iraq, joined the State Department after leaving the military and was a diplomat in a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan has become the first U.S. official to resign in protest of the Afghan war, the Washington Post reported early Tuesday.
Matthew Hoh, who describes himself as “not some peacenik, pot-smoking hippie who wants everyone to be in love,” said he believes the war is simply fueling the insurgency.
“I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States’ presence in Afghanistan,” Hoh wrote in his resignation letter, dated Sept. 10 but published early Tuesday. “I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy, but my resignation is based not upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end.”
The move sent ripples all the way to the White House, the paper said, where officials immediately appealed for him to stay out of fear he could become a leading critic.
U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry brought him to Kabul and offered him a job on his senior embassy staff, but Hoh declined. He then flew home and met with Richard Holbrooke, the administration’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The former Marine had the temerity to decline the offer of $$$ and position to keep his mouth shut!
The administration is debating whether to send tens of thousands more troops to the country, while the Afghan government is moving to hold a Nov. 7 runoff election between President Hamid Karzai and challenger Abdullah Abdullah. The runoff comes after complaints by international monitors of fraudulent voting in the first election.
ABC News, citing unnamed sources, reported Monday evening that Obama will likely announce his decision for Afghanistan between that nation’s runoff presidential election on Nov. 7, and the president’s departure for Tokyo, Japan, on Nov. 11.
Ya—our CIC is screwing and getting the hell out of Washington DC on 11 November ( God does this speak volumes) —-screw those veterans—that nitwit Biden will rub elbows with the great unwashed.
Let the bloodletting continue.
MCRD, I look forward to you pointing out to me all the places where you expressed your concern over Afghanistan before 1/20/09.
p>I’m sure you can produce them, because you realize that otherwise you’d come across as a political ghoul trying to score points by way of America’s dead.
This is 100% on the head of George Bush. If he had committed sufficient troops to Afghanistan in the first place instead of invading Iraq we would have caught Bin Laden by now and would not be in this mess.