Obama’s War Casualties

Monday, May 30, 2011

It’s become a type of ritualistic behavior for some on the left to give President Obama a ‘Hail Mary Pass’ when the discussion turns to the number of combat soldiers who have died since he received a Nobel Peace Prize after serving just twelve days in office.

The president’s apologists forget that then-candidate Obama capitalized on the highly publicized military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan in order to capture the Democratic nomination and ultimately, the presidency. They blame former President George W. Bush for starting these wars and forget to mention Mr. Obama promised to end them.

On this Memorial Day 2011, you may be surprised to learn more than 1,690 American combat soldiers have died on President Obama’s watch which began on January 20, 2009. In fact, Mr. Obama is on pace to surpass the number of war dead (4,200) under President Bush.

On December 1, 2009, President Obama told the American people:

“After 18 months, our troops will begin to come home. Our troop commitment in Afghanistan cannot be open-ended because the nation that I’m most interested in building is our own.”

But something happened between December 1, 2009 and the end of 2010. President Obama doubled the number of US combat troops in Afghanistan to 96,900 along with 87,483 supporting contractors — nearly 200,000 Americans are now in Afghanistan.

Obama’s Afghanistan troop “surge” appeared to coincide with the announcement by the Pentagon of vast deposits of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and lithium discovered under the sands of Afghanistan. In typical northeast, media elite style, the New York Times breathlessly wrote that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium.”

And in the blink of an eye, President Obama’s December 1, 2009 promise of US combat troops coming home in 18 months was all but forgotten. In fact, the newly revised date for US combat troops to begin coming home from Afghanistan is now 2014 — if then.

On this Memorial Day 2011, it’s time for the president’s apologists to admit: Obama lied, our troops died.

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11 Responses to Obama’s War Casualties

  1. TOM339 says:

    An excellent piece, Christopher.

    President Obama has lied about ending both the Iraq war and the Afghanistan war and now he’s given us a war in Libya, violated the War Powers Act, and his base turns away because a:) Obama’s not Bush, b:) he gave the order to kill Osama bin Laden, and c:) he’s America’s ‘first black president.’

    Just my opinion, so please don’t bother with any vitriol.

    Ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is largely why I voted for this guy. But it looks like I was duped. Big time duped and I don’t like being lied to.

  2. joost says:

    Obama has no soul. Today he will address Memorial Day by meeting with families who have lost loved ones in wars he had the power to end. I couldn’t do it because the guilt would make me vomit. But I have a moral compass. I don’t understand why liberals went after Bush with such gusto and look the other way when Obama maintains the same policy vis a vis Iraq and Afghanistan. It smells of hypocrisy.

  3. Mets Fan says:

    I honor those brave men and women who served this country and made the ultimate sacrifice. They do not make policy. The Pentagon, the Commander in Chief and the Congress make policy.

    Soldiers follow orders. But now the Osama bin Laden is dead, there is no justification for the US to maintain 100,000 personnel in Afghanistan.

    Bring the troops home Barry. If you want my vote in 2012. Bring the troops home.

  4. VicoDANIEL says:

    On May 6, 2011, the total Debt Outstanding of the United States of America reached $14.32 trillion and was 98% of calendar year 2010’s annual gross domestic product (GDP) of $14.66 trillion.

    By any measure, whether you consider yourself liberal, conservative, or independent, you have to see the folly of our economy as things stand. At the time when President Obama appointed his Cat Food Commission to look for ways to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, America was building new military bases in Afghanistan.

    Obama’s strategy for the United States is to have a major permanent presence in the Afghanistan. U.S. lawmakers have their eyes focused on all those minerals under the sand and in the mountains of Afghanistan. You might as well add another star to the U.S. flag because Afghanistan is our de facto fifty-first state. Why Obama’s supporters aren’t outraged by this leaves me slack-jawed.

    Our national security policy is now underscored by the dangerous marriage of greed and the military, industrial complex. A far greater threat to our survival than anyone in the Middle East or Central Asia. But don’t listen to me. Google the words of the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower who said:

    “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

    “We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Military-industrial_complex

    vicodaniel1987@yahoo.com

  5. feminazi says:

    Every poll I’ve seen recently, be it right-leaning Rasmussen, mainstream Gallup, or left-leaning CBS/NYT polls, say the same thing: the American people have had all they can take of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. If this president doesn’t get the message, then he forgets that regime change awaits on November 3, 2012.

  6. JollyRoger says:

    I see we’re thinking along the same lines today.

  7. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Barackie is much like Georgie. Neither men have a fucking clue as to what military service means and the sacrifice you make.

    These Ivy League chumps send our youth and lower-economic citizens to die in hell holes like Kandahar or Baghdad and then they parade around like well-groomed poodles at a dog show pimping themselves as war time presidents.

    Screw Obama. He’s a liar and a war criminal who should be prosecuted for Libya.

  8. Harry says:

    We’re a nation perpetually at war. Our addiction to war will eventually bleed us dry and all we will have to show for it are the headstones at Arlington Cemetery.

  9. Jim says:

    How very shocking and depressing that these men and women have been sacrificed for no good reason. This president should be ashamed. Apparently, he’s handed his conscience to the military-industrial complex on a platter. There may be no hope for this country.

  10. Estacada says:

    The economy is not growing fast enough to dent unemployment. All Obama has up his sleeve is more war.

    But with 2012 just around the corner, he can run as the president who killed Osama bin Laden and for millions of his supporters — that alone is sufficient to be rewarded with a second term. It’s not enough for me but, I was never among the loyal. Obama is one of the least effective presidents I’ve seen since Jimmy Carter.

  11. Brigadoon says:

    Obama is running as a war president. He’s a failure on the domestic front so war is the only ace in the hole he can bring to the table. The depressing thing is, he will probably win reelection as his followers are lost in the “I don’t want Sarah Palin” mindset so they excuse everything about Obama.

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