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Obama's Afghan plan draws praise from Rep. Joe "You Lie" Wilson

By Paul Kane
In a sign of the odd couplings created by the politics surrounding the Afghan war, President Obama received a ringing endorsement Tuesday from Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) for his proposal to send tens of thousands of additional troops to the battlefield.

Three months after shouting "you lie" as Obama delivered a health-care address to Congress, an outburst that drew a rebuke from the House, Wilson issued a statement in advance of the president's speech before cadets at West Point.

The lawmaker applauded the president for adhering to his generals' request for more troops. The praise came with a few caveats, but it's as cheerful as Wilson -- who raised more than $2 million in campaign donations after his shout at Obama -- has been of late for any action taken by the president.

Here's Wilson's full statement:

"I applaud the President's decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. While this decision is long overdue, I'm pleased that the President has listened to our commanders on the ground as they aggressively pursue a multi-dimensional counter-insurgency strategy to secure Afghanistan.

"Success in Afghanistan should be we win, they lose. I hope the President will use his speech to the American people tonight to outline the roadmap to winning. The speech I'd like to hear tonight would focus on the Administration's commitment to listen to our commanders on the ground, properly define the role of Afghan National Security Forces, and recognize we face a determined enemy who plan to test our resolve.

"For the sake of our mission, American families at home, and our brave men and women in uniform, I hope the President will rally Congressional leaders behind his strategy and our troops' mission in Afghanistan."

By Paul Kane  |  December 1, 2009; 4:38 PM ET
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Glad to know that this idjet is willing and honored to sacrifice the wondeful lives of the people in his state and well as billions more dollars this country doesn't have all in his quest to remain an idjet.

Posted by: kare1 | December 1, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Well if Joe Wilson is for it, Obama made a bad decision. It's now his war. Sending more troops to an area that hates America and doesn't want us there in the first place and protects Osama Bin Laden is a mistake. Next we'll loan them planes to ship their opium to the states to show our good will. If the Russians couldn't win there without any rules, how do we think that we can win? And what will we win? I am really disappointed in our president who campaigned on ending these 2 stupid wars.

Posted by: msjn1 | December 1, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

if obama will just shut up and obey his on site commnaders, we can win

" While this decision is long overdue, I'm pleased that the President has listened to our commanders on the ground as they aggressively pursue a multi-dimensional counter-insurgency strategy to secure Afghanistan."

obama--please just shut up--for america

Posted by: ProCounsel | December 1, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Now that Obama has decided to be the new war president, Democrats in Congress are asking: "How can we exploit Obama's war to increase taxes?" These politicians love to spend. Neither $787 billion on a stimulus that doesn't stimulate wasn't enough nor trillions to take over the health care system was enough for these wild spenders. Now, taxpayers can prepare to start paying for Obama's war by forking over cash for the new war tax.

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | December 1, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

This Wilson child is still in office?

I hadn't noticed.

Posted by: binkynh | December 1, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Just say the word "war" and Republicans' eyes light up.

I saw Senator Lindsay Graham on the Sunday talk shows and he was almost giddy with joy, and ready to pay for it.

Ask them for a flu shot and you're lible to get nailed.

Posted by: lindalovejones | December 1, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

when obama promises a definite withdrawal date tonight of July 2011

does president pelosi get to keep the white flag from Obama???

Posted by: ProCounsel | December 1, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

how do you announce a failed policy in afghanistan??

easy--just announce publicly a withdrawal date to please the looney left


you send in troops

tonight obama will say:

“Taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility to Afghan forces, and allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011.”

obama--failed policy-failed leadership

our troops only hope is G-d and their military commanders as obama is clueless

Posted by: ProCounsel | December 1, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama is making decisions for small political reasons, where he's trying to balance off different competing groups in society. Of course, this will have very negative consequences for the armed forces in the field, resulting in a Vietnam-style mess.

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | December 1, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

wow you wing nuts are out in force tonight, even though President Obama, gave the lying 4 star General almost everything he asked for, you still have to slam the President why? Are you mad that General McChrystal lied about how Pat Tillman died? He signed off on a Silver Star for him despite knowing he was killed by "friendly fire" and let them award it at his funeral, but thats okie dokie with you folks? am I getting this right? You cheer this idiot Wilson and disparage the President you all are fools

Posted by: mikey30919 | December 1, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama is making decisions for small political reasons, where he's trying to balance off different competing groups in society.

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd

Dick Cheney is this you and your five deferments speaking out under a fake name I swear I read this same statement on Politico today in an interview you gave....

Posted by: mikey30919 | December 1, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

The war in Afghanistan is an exercise in utter futility. Most servicemen on the ground will tell you this. But who are they.

Posted by: pegasus2 | December 2, 2009 5:52 AM | Report abuse

I doubt Lincoln wanted to be a war president either. It's right that makes might, as President Obama said at West Point last night. Appropriately enough, he spoke in Eisenhower Hall, named for a peace president, one who probably knew more about war than any commander-in-chief since Grant.

Posted by: KinkyHogmire | December 2, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

First, let's get the BULL out of the way.

He staged this speech by having it at West Point.. Great Backdrop.. because some of these men and women will be serving in Afgan territory in the next 18 months.

I for one DID NOT LIKE it because he used these honorable men and women for his OWN use.

Second: He did NOTHING that the Commanders on the ground had NOT PLANNED in advance. Used their tactics to GAIN credit for his dithering for three months.

Third: He has no concept of troop movement in the military.. the logistical expertise that is needed. He WILL not see 9000 troops on the ground in thirty days..

Fourth: I agree with his plan from a tactical plan, but he HAS TO BE willing to seek and destroy across the borders. There are over 230 Trails going in Pakistan..

Five: The capital expenditures needed to up grade the area for massive troop movement and supply will be ADDITIONAL Costs to the Taxpayer.

But most importantly... I have to give him credit for MAKING A DECISION.

Again the phone rang in the middle of the night... and he answered the phone three days TOO LATE.

He only changed the name on the Plan... by putting his NAME on the game plan..

Hell, of a Commander-in-Chief.

Posted by: miller515501 | December 2, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Wilson is such a lock-step shill he'd praise Osama bin Laden if GOP party leaders told him to.

Posted by: tobeimeanpeter | December 2, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

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