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Commander In Chief Ignores Troops on Eve of 9/11 Anniversary

Unlike Dan (below), I did watch the president’s speech to Congress tonight and couldn’t have been more disappointed in his choices.

While there is a lot to say that I’ll address when I get a chance to reflect a bit more on the text of the speech, I didn’t want to go to bed tonight before making the following observation and getting something off my chest:

The last time a Joint Session of Congress was addressed by a president for other than the State of the Union (and a SotU-lite after being Innaugurated) was September 20, 2001 when President George W. Bush addressed the Nation as being “a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom.” We were about to enter a war that persists to this day.

Nearly eight years to the day after terrorists attacked defenseless civilians in the most dispicable act of destruction on the United States by a foreign entity in history, following the deadliest month so far in the war that ensued, and as a weary Nation begins anew to waver on the necessity of the battle, our current president decided that matters were so dire that another Joint Session needed to be called for an address by him. Things indeed are so grave, that, in his own words, if we do not act, “more will die”.

Only problem is that what was so dire to him is not the very existence of our Nation at the hands of these terrorists, nor the desperately needed pep-talk to reinvigorate the spirit that led us once to nearly unanimously support the need for action in this battle.

No, it was the need he feels to Stalinize the most productive and effective health care industry in the world.

In fact, so unimportant are our troops’ current efforts to defeat the terrorist threat to their Commander in Chief that the words “Afganistan” and “Iraq” passed his lips exactly one time each, and in the same breath, and only to dismiss them as having cost more (in dollars, mind you, not lives) than his (erroneous) projection for this government take-over. What’s more, his use of the present perfect sense (to nit-pick) makes it seem as though he’s speaking of a war already over, not currently being waged.

I have given this man incredible credit over the past 8 months for correct positions he has taken on (some) national defense issues and military concerns. His timing and explicit avoidance of those of us who are fighting and dying daily in the war he did support on the eve of this solemn anniversary and on the heels of such a devastating month of losses is completely inexcusable.

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)



  1. So true:

    Because Obama insisted on launching a war that should have never been waged, and then doubling down on a failed strategy, the war in Afghanistan has been ignored. If Afghanistan burns while the president is fiddling with health insurance, he could be remembered for one of the greatest abdications of responsibility in the history of the American presidency.

      – James Taranto   

    Emphasis mine.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — September 10, 2009 @ 1:33 am - September 10, 2009

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  3. Huh?
    What a retarded post.
    The speech was about health insurance reform.
    So thats what he talked about.

    Comment by Tano — September 10, 2009 @ 9:31 am - September 10, 2009

  4. Nick, I think your point is well taken and Obama could have found a few split seconds in his overly long, bloviating “speech” about his vision for health care reform to praise our troops, encourage their mission toward success in the War on Terror… but you can’t do that if you have banned the use of the phrase “war on terror” and turned your back on America’s and the Free World’s collective interest in defeating fundamentalist Islamic terrorists.

    Frankly, I’m surprised that Obama isn’t sitting down on 9-11-09 with the Taliban leadership and praising them for being true “freedom fighters” for Islam. It fits. Maybe he can apologize to them for all the millions of innocent civilian deaths our vicious, incompetent, gun-happy soldiers have killed in their blood-lust to avenge the honor of Geo HW Bush? It’d fit better than applauding or even acknowledging our troops.

    What can you expect from the guy who is losing the wars that Bush was winning?

    For a president that was supposed to be all about Hope & Change, this guy is turning out to be a typical anti-military Democrat dove cooing from a safe branch in the White House.

    God help us all if we have to rely on that guy for anything which requires a strong defense.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — September 10, 2009 @ 9:40 am - September 10, 2009

  5. Turdo…your addressing ANYTHING as retarded is rather ironic considering your bile-spewing rants.

    Comment by jonnot — September 10, 2009 @ 9:52 am - September 10, 2009

  6. CP,

    It doesn’t matter. There are no more ‘Terrorist Attacks’, they’re now ‘man caused disasters’ there’s no more “islamic radicals” there’s ‘enemy combatants’.

    The only terrorists are on ‘the right’ even if MSNBC has to make them up. What we’d call Domestic terrorists the Democrats call a voting block (FALN terrorists pardoned by Bill Clinton, Black Panthers let off by Justice Department). Or they call them ‘friends’ (William Ayers and his wife, other weathermen pardoned by Bill Clinton) and ‘partners’ (Hamas, Iran).

    Oh, forgot, they also consider anyone working within the constitution as a coup plotter (Honduras).

    Comment by The Livewire — September 10, 2009 @ 11:00 am - September 10, 2009

  7. “turned your back on America’s and the Free World’s collective interest in defeating fundamentalist Islamic terrorists.”

    It is just mind-boggling to see the totally loony-tunes alternate reality-world that so many on the right have built for themselves.

    “Turned [his] back on …defetating terrorists” – this about a President who, for the first time in 6 years, has actually focused on taking the fight to those terrorists who attacked our country, who has fired the commander in Afghanistan, replaced him with someone who is fully on board with modern Petraues-style counter-insurgency strategies, has sent an additional 20.000 troops in, ordered his new commander to do a complete review of the strategy, and seems very likely to be about to send another big chunk of troops over a mounting opposition from his own party, and from some conservatives as well.

    You guys are just totally off the wall. Open your fricken eyes for goodness sakes. You cant go through life looking at the world through very dark ideological lenses that dont allow you to even see the real world.

    Comment by Tano — September 10, 2009 @ 1:51 pm - September 10, 2009

  8. Tano: I know facts are anathema to you, so I’ll be gentle:
    Bush hired McChrystal

    Comment by ColoradoPatriot — September 10, 2009 @ 4:14 pm - September 10, 2009

  9. CP,
    Thank you for your gentleness. It is much appreciated. In fact, I will reciprocate.
    Stan McChyrstal was appointed ISAF commander and commander of US forces in Afghanistan (and given his 4th star) in June of this year. The man he replaced, Gen. McKiernan, had been appointed there by Bush in June 08.

    Comment by Tano — September 10, 2009 @ 4:32 pm - September 10, 2009

  10. What do you want from a community organizer

    Comment by PatriotMom — September 10, 2009 @ 9:29 pm - September 10, 2009

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