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Help for Hearing Impaired Senators – Afghanistan Timeline

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on June 30, 2010

I can only imagine the frustration or perhaps you just reach a point where you learn to tune out Sen. John McCain and Lindsey Graham inability to understand what has been repeated countless time with regards to the time line in Afghanistan.

From the beginning…from Dec. 1, 2009 when Pres. Obama first delivered his speech, he has said that July 2011 is the BEGINNING of a withdrawal depending on conditions on the ground.  Since that point, he has said, it does not mean we are packing up and going home on July 1, 2011, and in a dozen other way he has continually, consistently restated it.

Were McCain and Graham not present at that speech or the countless other times this position has been re-iterated?  Do they not have staffers who are capable of perhaps breaking it down into smaller words and phrases for them?

Here is the except of Pres. Obama’s speech, which in case McCain or Graham’s aids are reading, give them a copy please, it is readily available from a variety of sites, it is not hidden or buried…

“The 30,000 additional troops that I am announcing tonight will deploy in the first part of 2010 — the fastest pace possible — so that they can target the insurgency and secure key population centers. They will increase our ability to train competent Afghan security forces and to partner with them so that more Afghans can get into the fight. And they will help create the conditions for the United States to transfer responsibility to the Afghans.

Because this is an international effort, I have asked that our commitment be joined by contributions from our allies. Some have already provided additional troops, and we are confident that there will be further contributions in the days and weeks ahead. Our friends have fought and bled and died alongside us in Afghanistan. Now, we must come together to end this war successfully. For what’s at stake is not simply a test of NATO’s credibility — what’s at stake is the security of our Allies and the common security of the world.

Taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility to Afghan forces and allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011. Just as we have done in Iraq, we will execute this transition responsibly, taking into account conditions on the ground. We will continue to advise and assist Afghanistan’s security forces to ensure that they can succeed over the long haul. But it will be clear to the Afghan government — and, more importantly, to the Afghan people — that they will ultimately be responsible for their own country.

And yet  we hear John McCain spinning this as a political decision.  It was purely a political decision,” McCain said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Not one based on facts on the ground, not one based on military strategy.”

McCain, ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, went further, saying that no military advisers proposed to Obama any strategy that included a timetable. But when host David Gregory noted that Obama’s military leaders have endorsed the strategy, McCain faulted them for not opposing the commander in chief.

“They didn’t do it, and they should have because they know better,” McCain said.

McCain said the president needs “to just come out and say this is conditions-based and conditions-based only.”  He went onto say when “you tell the enemy you’re leaving, they will wait.”   Is this the best you can come up with John?  If I give you two dimes and a nickle are you going to tell me it isn’t 25 cents because it isn’t a quarter?  It is condition based.  It has been said a dozen times, and yet you do not understand.  Which makes me feel much better than you were not the one elected into office, it is a bit frightening that this relatively simple concept is causing you so much consternation.  Evidently Sen. Lindsey Graham must be suffering from the same debilitating malady..

Gen. Petraeus has tried to explain it as well….“It is important to note the President’s reminder in recent days that July 2011 will mark the beginning of a process, not the date that the U.S. heads to the exits and turns out the lights” .

Shall we take up a collection for hearing aids?  Doesn’t that Senate health care package cover that?


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