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Friday, February 13, 2015

Obama's War Request

Runs into people who apparently paid attention to how horribly he's run the war in Afghanistan.

Obama characterized the legislation, known as an authorization for use of military force (AUMF), as the product of “a sincere effort” to consult with both Republicans and Democrats. 
“I’m optimistic that it can win strong bipartisan support and that we can show our troops and the world that Americans are united in this mission,” Obama said. 
Yet that optimism seemed ill-founded given some of the comments about the AUMF from lawmakers. 
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he was concerned the bill did not “give our military commanders the flexibility and authorities they need to succeed and protect our people.” 
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said he would not “give consent to a measure that ties the hands of our military commanders or takes options off the table.”

Bingo.  Look at that last paragraph.  If you send in troops, you give them rules of engagement that let them win.  Obama won't do that.

The only reason Obama wants to send in troops in the first place is to make his surrender in Iraq look a little less worse than it already is.  He doesn't believe in the mission, and he certainly doesn't want our troops to win.  All he would accomplish is getting American troops killed for a mission he doesn't believe in.

That's just not a good enough reason to send in US Forces.

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