Obama's long awaited speech from West Point was nothing short of disappointing. After prioritizing a litany of important matters (i.e. family vacations or lobbying to have the Olympics held in Chicago), President Obama has decided that it is time to send our boys overseas some reinforcements and get them home by 2011.
The Commander in Chief, against the advice of General Stanley McChrystal, decided to send in 30,000 troops, hoping that the rest of Americas allies will pick up the slack and make his 18 month time table work. Work---just in time for his re-election campaign. Writer Gabor Steingart put it best: "the horror of war is to end and the draw down will begin. The doves of peace will be let free."
Although el Presidente did mention the pros and cons of Islam, he failed to mention if or when the Afghanistan military (or government for that matter) would be able to adjust to the 18 month plan.
Americans watching the event were left with the glaring and obvious question: is this course of action going to lead us straight into the hands of the Taliban and other terrorist networks?
Granted, I understand Obama can't lay out in detail their plans for the next few months on national television, but it would be nice to know that the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces was listening to the advice of his generals as opposed to putting soldiers to sleep with his tired and empty speeches.
Whether it's the War on Terror, the economic crisis or the health care bill --- this is not time for rhetoric. It's time for action, not political pandering. The decisions he and our legislators make (or refuse to make) directly impact the lives of millions of Americans...Americans who can't afford to wait on "hope" any longer.
Wake up Mr. President.