Monday, March 23, 2009

Obama's Seeking "Exit Strategy" in Afghanistan? ALREADY?!

This is unbelievable! Barack Obama just sent 17,000 US troops to Afghanistan and already, he's reversing himself and seeking an "exit strategy" to bring the troops back home!

"There's got to be an exit strategy," the president said in an interview aired Sunday on CBS television's 60 Minutes program. "There's got to be a sense that this is not a perpetual drift."

Obama has also indicated that he'd be content even if democracy in Afghanistan falters, as long as "Al Qaeda is no longer a threat".

Talk about a bold and coherent foreign policy. Perhaps Obama believes it will be easier to enlist Iran's help in "stabilizing" Afghanistan if the Mullahs' fears about an emerging Democracy in the region are allayed.

Sheesh!

And while we're on the subject of "exit strategies", let's take a look at Obama's "exit strategy" in Iraq and see how that's coming along.

According to a senior Iraqi intelligence official, “Al-Qaeda is preparing itself for the departure of the Americans [from Iraq]. And they want to stage a revolution."

Now that US troops are withdrawing from the region, Sunni insurgents under the umbrella of al-Qaeda are reconstituting themselves in the southern and western neighborhoods of Baghdad, the official said.

Iraqi Intelligence officials also say that the release of hundreds of prisoners from Camp Bucca, a U.S.-run prison in southern Iraq, has facilitated the revival of Shiite militias and Sunni insurgents in Basra, Baghdad and other parts of Iraq. But of course, these innocent terrorists are no longer considered "enemy combatants" in the eyes of the Obama administration.

Nevertheless, it's nice to see Obama's strategy of playing nice with the terrorists finally yielding some gains.......

Incidentally, during the "60 Minutes" interview on Sunday, the host, Steve Kroft, seemed a bit bemused by Obama's seemingly lighthearted demeanor when discussing America's economic troubles.
“You're sitting here. And you're— you are laughing," Kroft said. "You are laughing about some of these problems. Are people going to look at this and say, ‘I mean, he's sitting there just making jokes about money—’ How do you deal with— I mean: explain. . . Are you punch-drunk?"

Amid some more laughter with Kroft, Obama said it is necessary to have a measure of "gallows humor to get you through the day."
The president may have a point, gallows humor could be beneficial and some what therapeutic at times. Problem is, the noose around our collective neck is getting tighter and tighter each and every day - thanks to Obama's inept policies - and the "snapping" point may be imminent. Thus, the question arises: how much longer will be able to "hang" on before the inevitable "snap" occurs?

P.S. All puns and metaphors intended........