rberq wrote:Well, it's true Obama has not yet put on a flight suit and strutted around on an aircraft carrier saying "mission accomplished" and "bring 'em on". And it's true he has not invaded any more countries where Al Queda and nuclear weapons were absent, on the grounds the country was full of both. And it's true he has not looked into Putin's eyes and seen his soul. (W must eat a lot of carrots, if he could see something that black.)
Gee, that's twice you've alluded to things Bush has done. When will you start looking at what Obama hasn’t done? That's ok, whether or not you or I agree with any or all of Bush's decisions at least he made the decision. At least his administration allowed my son to sleep at night. At least he allowed me not to have to think about our emergency evacuation plans daily. At least my son was not afraid to go into DC for a school field trip. I don’t know where you live but I’m on the front line and yes, those kinds of things make me feel safer if only because they make my son feel safer. By the way, were you aware that his father was working in a building across the street from the Pentagon on 9/11 and we couldn't find him for 8 hours as the city closed down. Yeah, it's personal for me.
I'm sorry your son feels more afraid.
What is it has Obama NOT done that frightens you?
Less than 30 days after entering office the Obama administration upped our troop levels in Afghanistan by 17,000. The Generals had been asking the previous administration for those troops in that theater for years, those requests fell on political deaf ears because Bush had told everyone we had won that war (why send more troops to a war you've won)?
Now there is a request for more troops again. Bush equivocated for years and NEVER made a decision, Obama has been equivocated for 3 months; and it's Obama who makes you nervous? There's also a lot going on now, the economy is in trouble, there's a potential for a H1N1 pandemic (I'll bet you $100 that H1N1 kills 10 times as many Americans this year as Al Quaeda does this year), while AQ is a threat to the US, it is not (nor has it ever been) the greatest threat. At the end of the day none of us are privy to the strategic plan to keep us safe from terrorists, we may see bits and pieces but without a broader view any criticism we make is based on the ignorance of incomplete information. The only thing we can judge is the results.
Here's something that should make you feel better. Am old friend of mine is an FBI agent, he says that operationally absolutely nothing has changed under the new administration.
Finally, I know you're worried so I put together a little chart for you of wartime CinC's, their veteran status, and the result of the war. I think you'll be pleased to discover that historically CinC's who have never served have had better wartime outcomes than CinC's who have served.
War of 1812, Madison was not a veteran, the result of the war was a stalemate
Mexican-American war, Polk was not a vet, the result was an American victory.
American civil war, Lincoln was not a veteran, the result of the was victory
Spanish American War, President McKinley was a vet of the civil war, the result was a victory
WW1, Wilson was not a vet, the result was victory
WW2, Roosevelt was not a vet, the result was victory
Korean War, Truman was a vet, the result was a standoff that continues to this day.
Vietnam, Kennedy was a vet, Johnson was a vet, Nixon was a vet, the result was a loss
The US was won 6 wars, lost 1, and had 2 stalemates. 5 of the 6 wins were under non-vets. The only loss was under veteran leadership.