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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Friends & Foes Respond to Sarah Palin On Afghanistan

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has offered her two cents on the $165 million-dollar-a-day question that is the war in Afghanistan.  Her medium? Facebook.

“Now is not the time for cold feet, second thoughts, or indecision – it is the time to act as commander-in-chief and approve the troops so clearly needed in Afghanistan,” she wrote in a three-paragraph note. A little thumbs-up icon underneath declares that, as of this writing, “9,809 people like this.”

If the medium is the message, the post seems to actually dignify the three-ring spectacle that has burst forth since Afghans cast their votes nearly two months ago: fraudsters in Kabul, a hush-up at the United Nations, and leaks and backbiting between America’s military and civilian leadership with more than a dash of good ol’ Washington partisanship.

Sarah Palin was reminding Obama what the fool promised on the campaign trail. He said he wanted to win the war and do what was necessary to secure peace in Afghanistan. Listening to the General may be a good starting point.

CS Monitor naturally takes a huge leap from Gov Palin's  comments to ‘the post actually dignifies’ the corruption that the UN oversaw in the Afghan vote.  This is not only laughable but yet another media outlet blowing Obama at our peril.  I am sure the word racist is coming soon.

"The partisan split evident after the meeting, which 30 lawmakers attended, illustrated the political challenge Obama faces in Congress over this conflict. Opinion polls (WHAT?) show that only a minority of Americans believe the battle is worth fighting, and much of that opposition is rooted in the Democratic Party." 

For those keeping tabs on the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, former Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, she weighed in on Afghanistan on her Facebook page Tuesday. 

CBS is a joke that needs to be shutdown!

Former Gov. Sarah Palin is endorsing calls for additional troops in Afghanistan, calling on President Obama "to act as commander-in-chief" and increase US force levels.  Palin posted her message just hours after Democratic and Republican congressional leaders -- including her former running mate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., met at the White House to offer views and perspectives on the war in 
Afghanistan. McCain is also calling for the president to send additional troops

Rick Klein wrote a fairly neutral article entitled Palin: No Time for ‘Cold Feet’ on Afghanistan.  I see this is a hopeful sign that some in the the media has partially woken up.

Sarah Palin uses Facebook soap box; Urges President Obama to boost troop buildup in Afghanistan.  The top three U.S. military officials overseeing the war favor continuing the fight against an emboldened Taliban and have concluded they need tens of thousands more U.S. troops beyond the 68,000 already there.

Afghanistan Illuminates Obama’s Complete Lack of Leadership: The difference in leadership quality between President Obama and Governor Palin over Afghanistan couldn't be more clear. Obama believes he knows better than his own hand-picked expert, General McChrystal. McChrystal has requested an additional 40,000 troops without which the U.S. will fail in Afghanistan. General McChrystal's superior, General David Petraeus, endorses McChrystal's strategy in Afghanistan.

Obama's amateurish handling of Afghanistan should come as no surprise. This is what happens when we elect a man with zero executive experience to the highest office in the land. He has never run a Kool-Aid stand, much less a business or any level of government. Executives, including presidents, are paid to make decisions. Not rashly, but quickly and decisively when the circumstances call for it. With U.S. troops dying at an increasing rate and roughly 68,000 troops in harm's way, it's fair to conclude that this is one of those circumstances.

Doug Brady, at C4Palin, naturally hit it on the mark.  Obama is an incompetent coward and Governor Palin is a real leader.  Palin loves America and Obama hates America. 

They posted Governor Palin’s Facebook note in its entirety without comment.  Good for them!
Drudge and Palin's Afghanistan Messages: A Right-Wing Sybil Moment?: We wonder, however, whether Drudge and Palin's efforts, though ostensibly working toward the same goal, will nullify one another. Palin and the Republican set are explicit: more troops! The typically conservative Drudge, we're assuming, supports that message, but his anti-Obama bias has obscured the header's bellicose undertones.

What happens when impressionable readers see all the death on Drudge's and think, "Gee, maybe this war business isn't good for anything?" It's almost as if the conservative camp's having a Sybil moment. Not that we can blame them: pinning all this death and destruction on Obama must be hard while also calling for more death and destruction.

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