There is surely a strong temptation to conform his better judgment to popular opinion. If he chooses this politically safe route and does not give his military commander on the ground the resources needed to win, history will judge him harshly. Great American leaders of our past have ignored popular sentiment and pressed on during the darkest hours, even when setbacks give rhetorical ammunition to the skeptics. [Thank you, President Bush]While mentioning Obama abandoning our friends and allies, former Senator Bob Kerrey might also have mentioned the abandonment of the men and women who valiantly serve this country and who were sent to Afghanistan to achieve ... something. Who are fighting and dying on his orders.
[O]ur leaders must remain focused on the fact that success in Afghanistan bolsters our national security and yes, our moral reputation. This war is not Vietnam. The Taliban are not popular and have very little support other than what they secure through terror.
Afghanistan is also not Iraq. No serious leader in Kabul is asking us to leave. Instead we are being asked to withdraw by American leaders who begin their analysis with the presumption that victory is not possible. They seem to want to ensure defeat by leaving at the very moment when our military leader on the ground has laid out a coherent and compelling strategy for victory.
When it comes to foreign policy, almost nothing matters more then [sic] your friends and your enemies knowing you will keep your word and follow through on your commitments. This is the real test of presidential leadership. I hope that President Obama - soon to be a Nobel laureate - passes with flying colors.
But Obama doesn't give a damn about them.
He's more concerned about the military meeting its obligation to perform as a social club. One where "human rights" violations won't be tolerated. Where homosexuals are to welcomed with open arms. Or else.