Moral of the Afghanistan Announcement: Don't Blame the Base for Being Pissed Off

by: David Sirota

Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 15:00


From the esteemed McClatchy Newspapers D.C. bureau (ie. the same bureau that courageously told the truth in the lead up to the Iraq War), we get this demoralizing news:

Obama to begin backing away from 2011 Afghan pullout date

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has decided to begin publicly walking away from what it once touted as key deadlines in the war in Afghanistan in an effort to de-emphasize President Barack Obama's pledge that he'd begin withdrawing U.S. forces in July 2011, administration and military officials have told McClatchy Newspapers.

When Obama announced his escalation, Obama sycophants everywhere insisted that war critics should shut up because we must just trust the president to follow through on his promise to eventually end the war. If McClatchy's report is accurate - and there is every reason to believe it is - then this should once and for all shut up the sycophants who continue to forward a pernicious kind of Dear Leader-ism that says we must trust the president rather than pressure him.

Beyond that, this announcement oughta end the idiotic debate about who is at fault for the so-called Democratic "enthusiasm gap." When you promise your base one thing, and then make headlines "publicly walking away from" those promises, voters are justified in then walking away from you. It's just that simple.

David Sirota :: Moral of the Afghanistan Announcement: Don't Blame the Base for Being Pissed Off

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Lovely (0.00 / 0)
I was positive the the deadline would be "met" in some formal, not particularly accurate way.  I just want to be lied to, is that asking too much??

Actually it's WAY too much. The lying phase is over. (0.00 / 0)
Yer just a fucking retard like the rest of us under the short bus.

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I will not walk away from Obama (4.00 / 1)
I will run.

I can't muster a feigned surprise (4.00 / 1)
nor, even a pretense at outrage.  Not with/at Obama, nor with/at his sycophants.  The best I can do anymore is a dark, gallows humor.  The 2012 election could be interesting.  I'm trying to keep all my powder dry, and conserve energy for 2016.


Let's hope we even have an election in 2016! (0.00 / 0)


"More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly." -Woody Allen, My Speech to the Graduates

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Can someone please remind what dimension (4.00 / 2)
of chess we're now on? I've lost track.

I think we ran up to 50 dimensions, (0.00 / 0)
and now we're starting over at 1.

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Pick one. Any one will do. (0.00 / 0)
Personally, I'm thinking any number of irrational numbers will suffice.

"More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly." -Woody Allen, My Speech to the Graduates

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Sorry, David, But I Told You So (0.00 / 0)
Back in 2008, and maybe a couple of times after the election, I myself specifically and many others as well, told you supporting Obama over Hillary would be a big mistake, and you derided me and others because you believed Obama would be much better on the issues of Iraq and Afghanistan than Hillary.

The problem here is that as a thinking adult and having been in the military, I knew that in voting for Hillary, while I would have preferred she pull the troops, realistically I didn't think her or anyone else that was running would pull the trigger on that option for a variety of reasons.

Obama was way too green for the big chair to start with, and it was for other reasons I wanted Hillary instead. For one thing, is there anyone alive who doesn't believe she'd have been all over the GOP anytime they gave her crap? She would have stood firm on health care, the tax cuts and anything else where the middle class was concerned. Her governing may not be what you wanted, but I'd lay money the base wouldn't have felt it was tossed overboard at this point as much as it does with Obama. Her handling of gay marriage within the State Dept is proof enough the repeal of DADT would be a done deal and gays would now be serving openly in the military.

You, on the other hand, openly mocked me and others as being unrealistic in our thinking at the time, stating the discussion wasn't worth having as Obama was the superior candidate. Obviously, we can't go back and revisit 2008, but considering Hillary did win more Democratic votes during the primary than Obama, you can bet there is a sizable crowd that resents what you and others have saddled us with.

Where do we go from here? Personally, I hope - more like expect - Obama pulls something stupid enough that motivates Hillary to pull an RFK to his LBJ. Realistically, I'm going with whatever candidate is an alternative to him, even a third party. No way would I work for or support someone who obviously doesn't work for the majority of Americans who voted for him.


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