Palin on Obama’s Afghanistan speech at West Point

Sarah Palin put up a Facebook post concerning President Obama’s Afghanistan strategy last night right after the speech. I’m not too impressed. When the title of the post is Finally, A Decision for Afghanistan: We’re In It to Win It, I’m wondering if she heard or read the same speech that everyone saw and was discussing today.

Here’s a link to her Facebook post on the subject, but here is and excerpt or two.

Finally, A Decision for Afghanistan: We’re In It to Win It

… In the end, he decided to endorse a “surge” for Afghanistan, applying the counterinsurgency principles of “clear, hold and build” that worked so well in Iraq. …

Talk of an exit date also risks sending the wrong message. … As long as we’re in to win, and as long as troop level decisions are based on conditions on the ground and the advice of our military commanders, I support President Obama’s decision.

– Sarah Palin

Are we really in it to win it? Does last night’s speech indicate a counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy will be put in place? Did Obama mention anything about “clear, hold and build”? Just because strategy “A” worked in Iraq, does it mean strategy “A” will work in Afghanistan?

I really do like Sara Palin, but as some have noted, she sometimes lacks foresight when it comes to foreign policy statements. Not that I could do any better mind you as I’m not getting any information from commanders on the ground, and I doubt Palin is either.

One thing is for certain, I respect her opinion 100 percent since it’s obvious she has a great deal of love for the United States and she’s got skin in the game; her son Track is currently deployed to Iraq.

2 replies
  1. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    I think her caveats speak for themselves: IF we’re in to win, and IF troop level decisions are based on conditions on the ground and the advice of our military commanders,  THEN she supports President Obama’s decision.

     

    I don't think she believes him anymore than we do, and she is holding him to his rhetoric.

  2. donh
    donh says:

    Its a fair statement.  Supporting the commander in chief at a time of war. " In it to Win it" is what she wanted to hear even if it was not there in the speech. It is her slogan for how war is to be waged. Her wording "As long as we're in to win" tells me  that Palin's support is conditional and that the President will not have her support for very long . Obama is In it to Lose it so he can bring victory to the  blame  Bush game.

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