Alright Americans, my skepticism and sarcasm may drip off this page. At midnight last night Obama took the less expensive ride – aboard Marine One – to Dover AFB – with an AP photographer in tow, – to be seen saluting the returning remains of our warriors killed Monday in Afghanistan.
You are supposed to get the White House message: “He cares. He cares deeply. As he ponders our next move in South Asia, – he is thinking of the consequences. He really cares.”
This was masterful stagecraft. The soldiers performing this duty probably paid him scant attention, – because they are carrying their brothers-in-arms. They do care. They’re not trying to get socialized medicine pushed through a corrupt Congress, – they’re not trying to bankrupt the country, – and they’re not planning a Nobel acceptance speech or their next fundraiser. They’re trying to show real respect for fallen comrades.
OBummer was hammered in the press and in the blogs – including here in RRB, for his grandiose use of Jacksonville AFB Monday as a political stage. People saw through his cheap trick to bill most of his fundraising flights to the Air Force: – land, give a lame hollow speech in front of a giant flag, then go on to a BIG $$ fundrai$er in Maimi, and another one on the way back in Norfolk on Tuesday. OBummer has been hanging with Kerry a lot lately, probably getting lessons from the ‘master’ on using troops as stage props.
And all this while – no decision on sending over those 40,000 troops that General McChrystal needs. Today yet another stalling tactic – Obama wants to see a providence-by-providence breakdown and analysis. Maybe he thinks war is like a ward-by-ward fix in a crooked Chicago election.
/s/ Iron Mike
Old Soldier, – Still Good for Parts!