Sunday, November 29, 2009

President Obama Still Sitting On His Hands as Troops Wait For Reinforcements

Hey, remember when I wrote about President Obama's dithering on whether or not to send more troops to Afghanistan? That was two months ago. At the time of that writing, on October 1, it had already been a month since General McChrystal's request for more troops had been leaked to the pubic. Now, three months after that first request, President Obama has still not made up his mind about what he will do. Despite the recommendations of his military brass, President Obama has decided to host state dinners and golf instead.

This isn't just the musings of your humble blogger. No it appears that troops all over Afghanistan are waiting for assistance from their brothers and sisters in uniform. This from The Washington Times:
A Washington Times reporter and photographer spent much of October - the deadliest month for American troops there thus far - with U.S. Army soldiers in southern Afghanistan, who spoke openly of the need for more boots on the ground, the more and sooner the better.

"We need more troops," said Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Paul Rabidou, 24, stationed at a small combat outpost in the Maywand district. "It's just as simple as that."

The Blackwatch unit - Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, with the 5th Stryker Brigade - arrived at the outpost Sept. 13. Since their arrival, they have lost three soldiers and two civil-affairs officers. Bombings have destroyed three of their four Stryker vehicles.
But don't worry Tusk readers, because President Obama is expected to announce an increase in troops (a "surge" some people may call it) of about 30,000 to 40,000. Hey, why I believe that's just about how many General McChrystal said he needed three months ago! Hold on a second, and I'll double check. Why, yes! Yes, it is! Thank you, Mr. Obama, for taking 90 days to make sure you really had your thumb completely up your ass before doing precisely what your generals told you was needed to begin with. Kudos, sir. You are a paragon of military genius. Truly.

Wadda schmuck.

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