Are the Deficits Caused by Wars “Not Paid For?”

On October 1, the first day of the 2011 fiscal year, Democrats adjourned Congress without passing a budget for 2011, and without holding any votes on the soon-to-expire Bush tax cuts.   Thus, taxes, spending and deficits have become central issues in the Congressional campaign. In their desperation Democrats and their media cheer-leaders have revived […]

Obama’s Obligations to The Military

General McChrystal lost his command Tuesday after he and his aids made disrespectful remarks about the President, Vice President and civilian officials that were published in Rolling Stone Magazine.  The entire political-media establishment has piled on, in unanimous criticism of McChrystal.  But what about Obama and his team?  Were they part of the problem? Such […]

The Undeserved Loyalty of A Heroic Military Officer

Considering then-Senator Obama’s attempts to cause General David Petraeus to fail in Iraq, President Obama and America are truly fortunate that Petraeus is a dedicated patriot who is willing to put his country first. After Obama fired General McChrystal, Petraeus agreed to step down from his position as head of the military’s Central Command and […]

Equivocation from The Commander In Chief

Obama attempted to rebut criticism, including from here at Liberty Works, that the 90 days he spent ruminating on General McChrystals recommendations and troop requests was an inexcusable delay, undermining US troops and encouraging the enemy.  Here’s his weasel language: There has never been an option before me that called for troop deployments before 2010, […]

Obama Campaign Theme In Afghanistan Speech

The President began with a reminder of the strong justification for the Afghanistan operation. We did not ask for this fight. On September 11, 2001, 19 men hijacked four airplanes and used them to murder nearly 3,000 people…As we know, these men belonged to al Qaeda…Al Qaeda’s base of operations was in Afghanistan, where they […]

Politics Vs Afghanistan Surge

Commander In Chief Decision Watch: Day 76 . Why, has President Obama still not decided what to do about Afghanistan? The President appointed General Stanley McChrystal to be commander of the Afghanistan Theater.  On August 30 Gen. McChrystal completed an assessment that Obama ordered, and submitted his 66 page report.  The exhaustive, brutally realistic review […]

Commander In Chief Decision Watch: Day 74

Echoes of Vietnam The media report that President Obama is considering a “compromise” that would send fewer troops to Afghanistan than General McChrystal requested to accomplish this mission, that Obama declared in March: So I want the American people to understand that we have a clear and focused goal: to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al […]

Commander In Chief Decision Watch: Day 72

Seventy Two days ago President Obama received the assessment, strategic plan and resource request he had ordered from General McChrystal, the man he appointed to command the Afghanistan operation. As the troops continue to struggle in Afghanistan, the President continues to dither and avoid making a decision. On Monday CBS reported that the President was […]

Commander In Chief Decision Watch: Day 58

The Usual Suspects Excuse Presidential Dithering Monday, the 57th day since Gen. McChrystal submitted his Afghanistan assessment, recommendations, and urgent  troop request, President Obama and his advisers held yet another “high level” meeting (#6) to consider the matter. While officials insist there is no possibility of  abandoning the effort there seems to be a real […]

Commander In Chief Decision Watch: Day 51

On 8/30 General Stanley McChrystal submitted his comprehensive plan to accomplish the Afghanistan mission President Obama declared.  He and the troops continue to struggle, and continue to wait for their Commander in Chief to make a decision. On October 20, White House Press Secretary Gibbs told reporters that consideration of General McChrystal’s report and resource […]

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