Attack in Response To Obama Visit, Taliban Says
A day after saying that he was not using the anniversary of Bin Laden's death as a campaign issue, the President headed to Kabul Afghanistan for a victory lap, once again using the U.S. military as a PR backdrop for an eleven-minute speech.
Obama stated, "Over the last three years, the tide has turned. We broke the Taliban's momentum. We've built strong Afghan security forces." In an ironic twist, a few hour later the Taliban attacked a compound housing foreign contractors, killing seven. Karma's a bitch!
Obama also fell back into his narcissistic ways, saying "The goal that I set – to defeat al-Qaeda and deny it a chance to rebuild – is now within our reach.” The goal that he set? I guess this is another issue where Bush will not get any credit. Obama reserves only blame and derision for his predecessor. But let's not forget that it was the Bush policies of rendition and advanced interrogation techniques (ie. waterboarding) that allowed us to get the information which identified the courier who led us to the Abattabad compound where Bin Laden was holed up.
Regardless of what Obama said, this was a campaign stop. He's trying to burnish his credentials of being a pro-military President, while his policies and words indicated a lukewarm tolerance of our men and women in uniform.
While some, like Chris Matthews, saw this trip as reminiscent of Henry V of England rallying the troops, the Taliban must have seen Neville Chamberlain, while sending Obama a message of their own.
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