Friday, April 10, 2009

The Realities of the Presidency

Can you believe there were really people that voted for this man solely for the fact that they actually believed he would pull the troops out of Iraq?! How naive can you get? Like anyone is going to go against the advice of all that military brass and take the risk of the country collapsing? Puh-lease. But this is great...dumping Kosher salt into the wounds. Not only are the troops NOT raising the white flag and coming home, Obama is asking for more money to fund them... This should go over well with the far left fringe that got him into that Oval Office. I'll enjoy this little go-round. :)

"... President Barack Obama plans to request new funding from Congress for the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he risks a backlash from antiwar lawmakers.

Mr. Obama is expected to seek congressional approval of $75.5 billion for the wars, perhaps as soon as Thursday. The issue is already raising tensions on Capitol Hill, especially among liberals who are sympathetic to the president's broader agenda but voice concerns about his timeline for withdrawal of troops from Iraq and his plans to beef up forces in Afghanistan.

Rep. John Conyers (D., Mich.) dismissed Mr. Obama's plans as "embarrassingly naive," and suggested that the president is being led astray by those around him. "He's the smartest man in American politics today," Rep. Conyers said. "But he occasionally gets bad advice and makes mistakes. This is one of those instances."

The emerging rifts present a new political challenge for Mr. Obama. As a senator, he voted against Iraq war funding bills. In his campaign for the White House, he criticized rivals Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries and John McCain in the general election for their hawkishness on the issue.

As commander in chief, Mr. Obama made a surprise visit to Baghdad this week and praised the U.S. military's accomplishments, including the ouster of Saddam Hussein and the reduction of violence. Now he is responsible for keeping the efforts funded..." (source)

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