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Obama Launches New Afghanistan Strategy

By Ben Pershing
For all the recent focus on the troop pullback in Iraq and post-election unrest in Iran, the fulcrum of the administration's foreign policy is Afghanistan, where "Obama's War" (think they like that label at the White House?) shifted into a new phase in the early hours of this morning.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran writes that U.S. Marines are today "mounting an operation that represents the first large-scale test of the U.S. military's new counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan." The Wall Street Journal similarly calls the push "the first significant operation" since Obama switched commanders there, and cites unnamed American officers who have doubts about the effectiveness of the new strategy. But the Los Angeles Times says American commanders "believe a greater concentration of U.S. and Afghan troops ... is beginning to change the equation," particularly in the previously lawless region along the Pakistani border.

Will voters back home also have doubts? A New York Times poll taken in mid-June showed that 30 percent of respondents thought the war in Afghanistan was going well, while 55 percent thought it was going badly. Those numbers don't necessarily reflect poorly on Obama -- they were similar last summer, when it was still "Bush's War" -- but today's offensive will likely help cement in the public mind the idea that Obama is in charge of Afghanistan and making proactive decisions there, not just following or cleaning up after his predecessor's orders. He owns this conflict now, whether the headlines get better or -- as in the case of this morning's reported abduction of a U.S. soldier -- worse.

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By Ben Pershing  |  July 2, 2009; 8:26 AM ET
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SHORT WITHOUT DETAILS;

Whatever the situation in AFGANISTAN or in IRAN, or any action about NORTH KOREA, in terms of MILITARY TACTICS AND STRATEGY,...one thing is crytal clear; THE MILITARY WILL HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING FOR NATIONAL SECURITY IS THE BOTTOM LINE HERE,....USA DEFENSE WILL HAVE TO ACT AUTONOMICAL / NO COUNTING ON THE OBAMA GANG FOR NOTHING !,...because the decission,and views for those those decission, and everything involve , CANNOT BE LEFT FOR "OBAMA'S ORDERS OR 'GO AHEAD WITH THIS OR THAT'.

Everyone knows how 'TURTTLE PACE' HE WAS WITH THE PIRATE FIASCO, -(and yest he took credit for it)....HOW LATE HE WAS REGARDING THE IRANIAN PROBLEMS - (to the point that everyday people, - every 'joe / jane ' in the american neighbourhood, and also students right here in american soil were the ones raising the voice before him),...and the voices were and still around the entire world !,...correct on this one? - SO EVERYBODY WAS and IS, AHEAD OF HIM !

Bottom line; WHEN COMES TO NATIONAL SECURITY, DOMESTIC SITUATIONS -( like the economy etc, etc ), ANYTHING OR EVERYTHING, OBAMA (although tagged as 'president'), OBAMA, FRONT-MAN / PROPAGANDIST -IN-CHIEF IS EQUAL = ZERO. He will NEVER will take a position ,....he always, LIKE WHEN HE WAS SENATOR, WILL VOTE 'present !"

So do not expect the NOBLE AMERICAN SPIRIT,...he just does not have it !
And how is you day so far?

Sincerely,
Daniel Cabrera
Merrillville, Indiana

PS - The tv tabloids (NBC, CNN, MSNBC) , and tabloid publications such as , THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE HUFFINGTON POST, LA TIMES , etc,... along with what is left of the quasi-hypoitized brainless "utra-obamanized " cool aid drinkers people, will not take this one lightly.

Posted by: morcab | July 2, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

What Strategy Should President Obama implement in Afghanistan?

A. Offensive
B. Containment
C. Exit


http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=5656

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Posted by: usadblake | July 2, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Mr. President/staff (Attn, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel)

Please don't let yourself, and your administration, be co-opted and subverted by Bush-Cheney "leave-behinds" -- on issues foreign and domestic:

***

FED SECRETIVE SECURITY AGENCIES FUND, OVERSEE NATIONWIDE VIGILANTE 'GESTAPO" -- EXTRAJUDICIAL BYPASS OF THE RULE OF LAW

• Civilian volunteers fronted by federally-funded organizations such as Citizen Corps, Infragard and USA on Watch stalk, harass, vandalize, terrorize unjustly "targeted" persons and families with covertly implanted GPS tracking devices -- an unconstitutional extrajudicial targeting and punishment "matrix."

• Reports of torture, disabling injury from silent microwave radiation "directed energy weapons" widely deployed to local law enforcement under various federal programs from agencies that include the Justice Department.

• Feds, locals refuse to investigate victim complaints in nationwide cover-up of alleged atrocities, enabled by co-opted and complicit local police -- an American social genocide/politicide.

• Array of "programs of personal financial destruction" slowly destroy livelihoods and family finances -- a slow, methodical social genocide that targets those labeled as "dissidents," or "social deviates," whistle-blowers, ethnic and religious minorities.

WHEN WILL CONGRESS AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WAKE UP AND RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW IN AMERICA?

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 2, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

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