War, for Barack Obama, is simply a to-do on his calendar. In this he is as bad as any chicken hawk rushing to send our citizens to war, yet not willing to put themselves or their families at risk. As a veteran of the U.S. Navy, I am personally offended that President Obama treats war as something to simply schedule on his presidential calendar.
During a surprise visit to Afghanistan in May, Obama said the war would be complete by 2014. “We have a clear path to fulfill our mission in Afghanistan” and “Our troops will be coming home.”
Over the past week Obama began stating explicitly that he’d have U.S. troops out of Afghanistan and home by 2014:
“I put forward a specific plan to bring our troops home from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. We are in the process of doing that right now,” Obama said Saturday during a speech in Sioux City, Iowa. “And when I say I’m going to bring them home, you know they’re going to come home.” Souix City, Iowa, Sept. 1
“We are bringing our troops home from Afghanistan. And I’ve set a timetable. We will have them all out of there by 2014.” Boulder, Colorado, Sept. 2
Then the backpeddle. “He never said that all the troops would be out.”—White House press secretary Jay Carney.
Now, in Charlotte, he simply says “In 2014, our longest war will be over.”
As Clint Eastwood asked in Tampa,
“You’ve mentioned something about having a target date for bringing everybody home. You gave that target date, and I think Mr. Romney asked the only sensible question, you know, he says, “Why are you giving the date out now? Why don’t you just bring them home tomorrow morning?”
Obama is now simply playing politics with war. He is using American lives for politcal posturing. This is the height of disrespect to America, to Americans serving in the military, and to their families. How many Americans will die or be injured for Obama’s political calendar? Shame on Obama to play politics with the lives of American service members.
Mr. President, if we are in Afghanistan to win a just war, win it. If we are going to leave, then get out. Don’t let another American die or come home injured while you posture for the best time and best excuse for the war and its end.
Matthew Weaver is president/CEO of Project Weavers, which offers project management training and PMP exam prep courses.