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Why would he send 17,000 troops overseas?

And not address the soldiers? Obama sends 12,000 troops overseas to Afghanistan and 5,000 left with unspecified orders, why as the Commander in Chief did he not address the soldiers, but instead act as if it weren't happening at all?
No gonads in my opinion.

 
akinbottom2

Asked by akinbottom2 at 11:55 AM on Feb. 20, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Ok...I know ya'll want to protect him but he is a big boy. The FIRST time Bush sent troops he addressed them and the nation. this the FIRST time Obama is ending troops....he should address them as their commander and chief , and he should address the nation because, once again, it's the FIRST time HE is sending them.


    AND I am awful tired of the "bush did it"  replies.  Obama is supposseed to bring CHANGE...there fore it stands to reason that he should be doing things DIFFERENT!

    momof030404

    Answer by momof030404 at 1:14 PM on Feb. 20, 2009

  • He had important stuff to do in Denver and Canada
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:57 AM on Feb. 20, 2009

  • Perhaps because he doesn't have the courtesy to face the American people along with those military personnel and their families and admit that he made two very different (conflicting) promises about his intentions for the military?

    Whoever voted for him because he promised to "bring the troops home" needs a wake-up call. Obama promised to bring troops home from Iraq, and then committed to send more to Afghanistan.

    Maybe his wife will discuss this with the military families she promised to focus on?

    His lack of experience with regards to foreign policy and military affairs was glaringly obvious during the campaign. This is not a surprise IMO...just yet another example of a promise already broken, 30 days into his presidency. (And please, spare the "give the man a chance" routine. By making so many promises that he couldn't keep, he brought this on himself.)
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:01 PM on Feb. 20, 2009

  • Obama's campaign words, Afghanistan was going to be the "Good War "


    President Bush's announced his troop surge for the war in Iraq before a prime-time audience on TV. He addressed the nation. Obama didn't. He made his statement through his "messenger". Perhaps he is living up to his Attorney Generals statement and expanding the ideology of "We are a nation of Cowards" to include how his adminstration plans to address the military?


    The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David McKiernan, had requested 30,000 troops. On Tuesday, the president authorized 17,000 troops.

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:11 PM on Feb. 20, 2009

  • Afgahanistan IS the war that should have been faught. We have wasted too much time on bush's mistakes and lies.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:13 PM on Feb. 20, 2009

  • Afgahanistan IS the war that should have been faught. We have wasted too much time on bush's mistakes and lies.

    Since when did you learn all about the Middle East except from CNN and MSNBC with Keith Olbemann and dear Rachel and Matthews who gets a thrill up his leg everytime Obama speaks.
    Scorpio359

    Answer by Scorpio359 at 12:26 PM on Feb. 20, 2009

  • We ALL know it Scorpio-Even bush himself admited that Iraq was a mistake. Come on.

    Who were we supposedly looking for and why? Maybe you all should read something.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:34 PM on Feb. 20, 2009

  • What Bush admitted to was that we weren't all prepared to go into Iraq.What I wonder is are we ever really throughly prepared?

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:38 PM on Feb. 20, 2009

  • We were looking for those "so-called" terrorists.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:39 PM on Feb. 20, 2009

  • LOL.. Anon, it's 2009 now. Obama is President and back to the OP's question~

    Why do YOU think Obama would NOT address the nation AND the military personally?
    Why does he send a "memo" along with his Press Sec, instead of addressing the nation and military?
    He addressed Colorado and it's Green Corporation to sign the Stimulus Bill.
    He addressed Arizona and it's large foreclosure rate to campaign for his Stimulus II
    So, why did he quiety address Afgan. and avoid addressing the military and the nation? Valid question.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:39 PM on Feb. 20, 2009