Oh the left will not like this speech. It’s Obama at this morning’s town hall meeting in Strasbourg, France (I know, sounds silly, but true). Standing before the youth of France and Germany, Obama tried to make the case for the “surge” in Afghanistan. Hey, come on, it’s a surge. You can imagine if George Bush tried to make this case. Wait, he did. Listen to it closely. I honestly thought George Bush wrote the speech (right down to the “The hardest thing a President has to do is write a letter to a grieving parent.”)
He’s right of course, on everything. Which, for all the Bush bashing he does on a regular basis, at least he could say, “Bush was right.”
By the way, the pandering he did to the European kids was a waste of time. NATO apparently is not going to help. The help he lauds the French for turns out to be window dressing. From Hot Air
Europe’s main new contribution for now, French officials said, will be a 300-member corps of paramilitary gendarmes to mentor Afghan policemen in the provinces. France, Italy, Spain and Portugal have expressed interest in participating, the officials said, but the project is still under discussion and, in any case, the force would be deployed only in areas considered pacified enough for NATO soldiers to turn the area over to Afghan authorities.
Going it alone. Sounds like Bush too. Or is that Bush 3.