Well we all know the NY Pravda
, err NY Slimes
, oh..NY Puke
.....or whatever you call the bird crap collector from New York. Well this propaganda for B Hussein Obama was curious...
For Obama, Steep Learning Curve as Chief in War
...He is the first president in four decades with a shooting war already raging the day he took office — two, in fact, plus subsidiaries — and his education as a commander in chief with no experience in uniform has been a steep learning curve. He has learned how to salute. He has surfed the Internet at night to look into the toll on troops. He has faced young soldiers maimed after carrying out his orders. And he is trying to manage a tense relationship with the military.
OK...it's a major accomplishment that he's learned to salute. And he used ALGORE's invention to find "the toll on troops"...as if he cannot get that reported to him as the POTUS....at least by TOTUS.
OK...they author just contracted himself...then again we are talking NY Pravda
Along the way, he has confronted some of the biggest choices a president can make, often deferring to military advisers yet trying to shape the decisions with his own judgments — too much at times for the Pentagon, too little in the view of his liberal base.
In other words takes credit for the
decisions of his predessor who ordered the surge.
His evolution from antiwar candidate to leader of the world’s most powerful military will reach a milestone on Tuesday when he delivers an Oval Office address to formally end the combat mission in Iraq while defending his troop buildup in Afghanistan.
The writer says this garbage about "his mission of transforming America" so simply...that is scary when you think of who's doing it.
A year and a half into his presidency, Mr. Obama appears to be a reluctant warrior. Even as he draws down troops in Iraq, he has been abundantly willing to use force to advance national interests, tripling forces in Afghanistan, authorizing secret operations in Yemen and Somalia, and escalating drone strikes in Pakistan. But advisers said he did not see himself as a war president in the way his predecessor did. His speech on Tuesday is notable because he talks in public about the wars only sporadically, determined not to let them define his presidency.
Where George W. Bush saw the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan as his central mission and opportunities to transform critical regions, Mr. Obama sees them as “problems that need managing,” as one adviser put it, while he pursues his mission of transforming America. The result, according to interviews with three dozen administration officials, military leaders and national security experts, is an uneasy balance between a president wary of endless commitment and a military worried he is not fully invested in the cause.
“He’s got a very full plate of very big issues, and I think he does not want to create the impression that he’s so preoccupied with these two wars that he’s not addressing the domestic issues that are uppermost in people’s minds,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in an interview. Mr. Obama, though, has devoted enormous time and thought to finding the right approaches, Mr. Gates added. “From the first, he’s been decisive and he’s been willing to make big decisions,” he said.
Senator Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat who sometimes advises Mr. Obama, said the president was grappling with harsh reality. “He came into office with a very sound strategic vision,” Mr. Reed said, “and what has happened in the intervening months is, as with every president, he is beginning to understand how difficult it is to translate a strategic vision into operational reality.”
No Jack, he came in clueless and he hasn't gotten any more clues. He seems to think he can talk other people in the world into liking us by talking his country down. Hey BO, hate to tell you, there are bad guys out there...and we're the good guys, all in all.
A former adviser to the president, who like others insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the situation candidly, said that Mr. Obama’s relationship with the military was “troubled” and that he “doesn’t have a handle on it.” The relationship will be further tested by year’s end when Mr. Obama evaluates his Afghanistan strategy in advance of his July deadline to begin pulling out. As one administration official put it, “His commander in chief role is about to get tested again, and in a very dramatic way.”
In other words he will throw men and treasure into something then pull them out, no matter the result. Why put them in? Again, he's clueless. It's either you do it or you don't. If you're not willing to do it, don't waste other men's lives like their toys. Then again Barry, you won't pay for it so their lives so you don't care.
...Running for president of a country at war, he had plenty to learn, even basics like military ceremonies and titles. His campaign recruited retired generals to advise him. But it still took time to adjust when he became president. The first time he walked into a room of generals, an aide recalled, he was surprised when they stood. “Come on, guys, you don’t have to do that,” he said, according to the aide.
Yes BO, you are the president now....they probably don't like it either but unlike you, they are professionals. How the hell did we elect this idiot.B Hussein Obama took how many months to approve a surge in Afganistan...then his commander's were begging for the manpower....bue he's been decisive and willing to make big decisions.....ok. Maybe I need some mroe coffee.