Six quotes that speak volumes, and a snippet from Obama’s speech:
1. Retired Army officer Ralph Peters on Obama’s ‘expertise’ on military affairs: “Southside Chicago was not adequate preparation to lead not only the USA, but our web of alliances.”
2. More from Ralph Peters on Obama’s problem with ‘perspective’: Obama views “military affairs as political problems first, strategic problems second.”
3. An Obama adviser tells the New York Times’ Peter Baker: “He [Obama] would not risk losing the moderate to centrist Democrats in the middle of health insurance reform and he viewed that legislation as the make-or-break legislation for his administration. Our Afghan policy was focused as much as anything on domestic politics.”
4. Dr. Charles Krauthammer's response to the quote that's above:
“If this is true, then Obama's military leadership can only be called scandalous.”
5. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Thomas Ricks on Obama's surprise when a roomful of generals stood when he walked into the room as president: “I don't think he realized that they were standing for the system, not for him personally.”
6. More from Dr. Charles Krauthammer on the focus of Obama:
“Obama sees his wartime duties as a threat to his domestic agenda. These wars are a distraction, unwanted interference with his true vocation -- transforming America. Unfortunately, what for Obama is a distraction is LIFE OR DEATH for U.S. troops now on patrol…”
And this final snippet from Obama's “It's time to turn the page” speech: “…over 4,400 Americans have given their lives in Iraq…”
An honorable Commander-in-Chief would have told the nation of the ultimate sacrifice made by the 4,427 U.S. service members who were killed in Iraq. And the 34,265 men and women who were wounded there as well.
The American death toll should never be ‘rounded off’. And for Obama to do so is dishonoring. All I can say is ‘Consider the source’.