"This is not a war of choice. This is a war of necessity. Those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which Al Qaida would plot to kill more Americans. So this is not only a war worth fighting; this is fundamental to the defense of our people." Barack Obama (8/17/2009)
What's the matter with our President? Where is his leadership? What is he waiting for? The administration are talking about the "deteriorating" situation in Afghanistan. Why is it deteriorating? Why are we there? What is the mission? Where is the help for our troops?
Why did he put General Stanley McChrystal in charge and then ignore his advice? This excuse about the Afghan election being fraught with corruption is just that: a big fat excuse! Sure the government there is corrupt; so is the government here. That's no different from two months ago when he made the above statement, no different from last year, and the year before that. But we have sons and daughters and husbands and wives in harm's way today - right now!
This President needs to show a little leadership, a little backbone. Prove to someone he's not a lightweight. Make a decision, get it done, send troops.