21 January 2009

Hope, Change and...

...what the hell happened to my "peace train"?

-- KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Construction is underway at a frenzied pace at the main NATO military base in Kandahar province to prepare for the extra U.S. soldiers deploying to the country in the coming months as part of U.S. President Barack Obama's troop surge.

Obama, inaugurated Tuesday as the 44th U.S. president, intends to add more than 20,000 U.S. troops to the ranks of some 34,000 American soldiers already in Afghanistan. The first wave is supposed to arrive this spring.
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FROM THE COMMENTS:
Obama's actions in Afghanistan: "sound and necessary for our time."

Bush's Iraq surge "a dangerous and thoughtless aggravating action."
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RELATED: The heavy weight of war

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4 comments:

langmann said...

Remember:

Obama's actions in Afghanistan: "sound and necessary for our time."

Bush's Iraq surge "a dangerous and thoughtless aggravating action."

Neo Conservative said...

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strangely enough, on the jon stewart show (not exactly a bastion of conservative philosophy) last night... he cut back and forth between bits of obama's inaugural speech and other speeches by bush.

identical words, but i'm sure the obamaniacs will impart inestimable wisdom to the yip-yap of saint barack... while continuing to vilify bush.

funny how that works, huh?

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langmann said...

Yesterday at work, the entire hospital was "dead" between 12 and 1 when Obama gave his speech. So many people interested. And when I kept working, people said to me: "aren't you afraid of missing history?".

The number of people walking around saying things about how the economy is now saved or how terrorism and Israel/Palestine will be solved, poverty, Health Care for all etc. etc.

There are a lot of people with hightened expectations that Obama will deliver on whatever they think their key issue is.

The thing is that US foriegn and domestic policy is largely driven by multiple factors outside of the president's control. Mark my words, Obama is simply Bush III.

Sure Obama is half black, and that is historical. Except I don't place much emphasis on the "first" whatever, unless it is the very first person to do something significant.

But I did feel something yesterday, and that was this feeling similar I think to what perhaps some Roman citizens felt near the end of the Empire, when the crowd wanted "free" bread, when corruption ran unheeded, and when the Emperor was propped up by making outrageous promises and spending massive treasure for the crowds only to be dragged out into the streets months later by an angry mob.

Obama is going to spend trillions of dollars on corporate welfare programs and government programs. That is money the US doesn't have, and debt that GDP growth can no longer outgrow. He's doing it on the backs of children and future Americans. And so are we in Canada.

That is odiously historic. And history repeats itself.

Neo Conservative said...

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in other news... maybe that little glitch the other day will cheer steffi up... as even the "great orator" gets a do-over.

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