Obama announces Afghan Troop Withdrawal-Calls for green jobs

Here’s the video of the President’s withdrawal speech. I think it’s the right decision … 18 months too late. Clearly, if the mission was to pacify or neuter the Taliban it half worked. But if the withdrawal was to keep a campaign promise, it’s a disservice. It’s just, how did green jobs get into this speech? True.

The cynics call it another campaign speech to quiet the lefty natives. The President with a hat tip to his lefty voters, and I think there’s reason to think so. After all, the surge was designed to stop the Taliban. It worked, from what I told, in the south. But still leaves the east untamed. In that sense the mission is not complete.

On the other hand, military people who’ve been to Afghanistan will tell you, you’ll never be able to tame it. The country is too big, too rural. Which begs the question, why do the surge in the first place if the ultimate outcome would’ve been the same had there been no  surge?

But we did learn two things. The Obama doctrine will be planes and drones from now on … and foreign intervention will be to defend our country and … humanitarian missions?


Oh, and one more thing. Remember, when giving a speech on war … don’t forget to include green jobs.


10 replies
  1. wwkman
    wwkman says:

    Again skim over the real budget issue.? Just checked MSNBC, no mention that I can find on their main page that there was even a CBO report out there.? No wonder their readers have no clue.? Had to do a search for any mention.? SAD, SAD, SAD…

  2. Jeff S
    Jeff S says:

    “Green” jobs just aren’t there not at a rate that is viable.? We have natural resources here that can generate jobs and help the economy and our energy situation but we refuse to go after them.? I wonder as the rest of the world will run out of?oil eventually?and see us here with all these resources that we aren’t using that some country may try to take the oil and natural gas.

  3. GdavidH
    GdavidH says:

    After all the waffling and head scratching about how many troops to send in the surge, Obama finally came up with a number that would appease the left, irritate his generals, and make most Americans think he actually cared about success.? It was a purely political decision. What we got last night was another purely political decision, thinly veiled in a campaign speech.
    For someone who constantly says that?his administration’s actions avoided a next great depression,?a statement no?one could possibly prove, I’m glad he thinks a trillion dollars was wasted on wars in the last decade.
    The?”green jobs” crap,?continuously?lauded by the left is just getting annoying.

  4. crystal4
    crystal4 says:

    Yeah. better that we (the middle class) continue to break our back for the corporate welfare system now in place..let’s continue to cut benefits like job training for the unemployed, women’s clinics, homeless shelters, etc…big oil needs our money!

  5. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Oh please, Crystal and Sammy can you care about out troops?? The point of this is, President Obama is clueless about what to do with men and women who put their lives on the line every day. Just in case, we didn’t know he was clueless, he proves it by talking about green jobs. Don’t cry crocodile tears for the unemployed, the women’s clinics and the homeless, tell your clueless president that he has totally failed at the economy and every give out he has made. It ain’t Bush’s fault anymore.

  6. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    Hey, Lynn: wake up! We do care about our troops and keep supporting them w/ our tax $ and moral support. Why don’t you read SOS’s STUPID statement again.

  7. TomL
    TomL says:

    Sammy as rediculous as any post you’ve ever ?made sounded and the banter that went back and forth has been enjoyable, you crossed the line with your above post.

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