Monday, December 22, 2008

More troops to Afghanistan: will war critics be consistent?


Remember that NATO forces were to control , as the intelligence of US and our allies told us of the impending threats from .   With no disrespect to NATO (of which the US, obviously, is a member): they've all done an admirable job, in proportion to their strengths.  

That being said, since we've tamped down Iraq and the insurgents, it is time to focus more on Afghanistan to prevent it from falling back into Taliban (or other) hands.   The US and will be remembered for freeing the Afghanistan, but the job needs to be mopped.  You will not hear any complaints from me when the forces of good are stepping on those of evil.

In related news, however:  Bush, Cheney comforted troops privately - The Washington Times reports what a lot of people knew - that Mssrs. Bush & were far from the cold-hearted war-mongers that the MSM consistently portrayed them.
For much of the past seven years, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have waged a clandestine operation inside the White House. It has involved thousands of military personnel, private presidential letters and meetings that were kept off their public calendars or sometimes left the news media in the dark.

Their mission: to comfort the families of soldiers who died fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and to lift the spirits of those wounded in the service of their country.
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Mr. Bush, for instance, has sent personal letters to the families of every one of the more than 4,000 troops who have died in the two wars, an enormous personal effort that consumed hours of his time and escaped public notice. The task, along with meeting family members of troops killed in action, has been so wrenching - balancing the anger, grief and pride of families coping with the loss symbolized by a flag-draped coffin - that the president often leaned on his wife, Laura, for emotional support.

"I lean on the Almighty and Laura," Mr. Bush said in the interview. "She has been very reassuring, very calming."

Mr. Bush also has met privately with more than 500 families of troops killed in action and with more than 950 wounded veterans, according to White House spokesman Carlton Carroll. Many of those meetings were outside the presence of the news media at the White House or at private sessions during official travel stops, officials said.

Much to the chagrin of his critics, President Bush would never disrupt the solemn ceremony of a family funeral with the required security detail necessary for any sitting president (never mind the relentless news media!). So for all the 7 years of his critics complaining that he never once attended a funeral for a fallen soldier, he did a a lot more than any of them ever dared to suggest, nor would they've likely admitted had they known the truth.

That being said, tell me: if increases troop strength to Afghanistan, as is reported ...

if there are still insurgent attacks in Iraq, in spite of our success, that kill US servicemen ...

Will any of the critics who slammed President Bush for never attending a serviceman's funeral say the same thing to President Obama?

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