Apr 07 2009
President Obama has always had the opportunity to really shine. Our country gives a lot of deference to the person sitting as Command-in-Chief (rightfully so). I am really glad to see two things on Drudge today and want to memorialize them as a good day for President Obama. The first is this heart warming picture of our troops with theirÂ Command-in-ChiefÂ .
While I know most in the military are not in a swoon over our young new President, I do hope the President and our military can develop a bond of respect and mutual success. This is why I part company with those on the far right hoping Obama fails. That kind of short-sighted thinking has horrible repercussions.
We have this President for the next four years (unless he does something horrifically wrong), and we need a symbiotic relationship between his administration and our military. Too many heroic lives in the military are on the line to hope for anything less. Even if it means losing more elections for the GOP. If our brave men and women can risk and sacrifice all for this nation, we can hope the best comes for our President so those sacrifices and risks can be minimized. And if that requires losing some elections, so be it.
The second good news is the maturing view President Obama has on Iraq:
U.S. President Barack Obama, visiting U.S. troops in Iraq, told them on Tuesday that the next 18 months would be critical for their mission in the country.Â
“This is going to be a critical period, these next 18 months,” Obama said, referring to the Aug 2010 deadline for the withdrawal of all U.S. combat troops from Iraq.
“You will be critical in terms of us being able to make sure Iraq is stable, that it is not a safe haven for terrorists, and we can start bringing our folks home,” Obama told troops at Camp Victory, the sprawling U.S. military base on the outskirts of Baghdad.Â
The White House said that the top U.S. commander in Iraq, General Ray Odierno, told Obama that even with bombings this week in Iraq, the level of violence in the country is the lowest since the start of the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003
Emphasis mine. Sounds just like President Bush – which is why this is great news to the Iraqis, those who fought in Iraq, and the loved ones of those who were killed or injured in Iraq. President Obama is honoring their sacrifice by setting conditions for victory before we begin any efforts to pull back our troops.
A heart felt “Thank You, Mr President” for making this important decision.
Update: While I am applauding the Obama Administration for continuing Bush policies I need to note its efforts to also be consistent on the NSA-FISA front.Â
President Barack Obama invoked “state secrets” to prevent a court from reviewing the legality of the National Security Agency’s warantless wiretapping program, moving late Friday to have a lawsuit that challenged the program dismissed.
The move — which holds that information surrounding the massive eavesdropping program should be kept from the public because of its sensitivity — follows anÂ earlier decisionÂ in March to block handover of documents relating to the Bush Administration’s decision to spy on a charity. The arguments also mirror the Bush Administration’s efforts to dismiss an earlier suit against AT&T.
Another well earned “Thank You, Mr. President” for not failing by being a far left liberal on some critical matters. Sorry Rush, that’s two non-failures for President Obama, and I am glad to see them given the American lives at stake for each one.