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President Obama pledges money and help for Haiti…..

Flanked by members of his national security team, including Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Obama said “I’ve made it clear to these leaders that Haiti must be a top priority for their agencies and departments right now.”

Obama also said that the $100 million investment “will grow in the coming year as we embark on the long-term recovery from this unimaginable tragedy.”

The announcement comes a day after a group of 14 senators wrote leaders in the upper chamber asking them to authorize “robust and immediate” funding for Haitian relief.

The president first spoke about the magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Wednesday,pledging the “full support” of the U.S. in the disaster relief efforts. Leaders in Congress backed the president’s multi-thronged approach.

On Thursday, Obama said that the “first waves” of rescue and recovery personnel are now on the ground in Haiti with more to come. He also noted that the U.S. military has secured the major airport there and has prepared it to receive heavy equipment needed for the cleanup and rescue.

Obama said that an airlift has been prepared to provide food, medicine and water to victims. He also stressed there is “no higher priority” than ensuring the safety of American citizens there. An airlift has already rescued injured American citizens, he said.

This is a BIG TEST for the fairly new President and Commander-in-Chief……

While this is action story now…it will realistically end as a political one……

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January 14, 2010 Posted by | Food, Government, Health, Home, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

Obama has to do good for Haiti…he’s black……

Do not fool yourself people…..a lot is riding on this for America’s first black half-black President and Commander-in-Chief……..


January 13, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Fiction, Food, Government, Health, Home, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , , | 5 Comments

Obama has to do good for Haiti…he's black……

Do not fool yourself people…..a lot is riding on this for America’s first black half-black President and Commander-in-Chief……..


January 13, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Fiction, Food, Government, Health, Home, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , , | 5 Comments

American’s have President Obama’s back on the Afghan ‘surge’…..

An NY Times/CBS News Poll confirms that a small, but nevertheless majority of Americans, right now….

The poll has 51% of Americans’ behind the Presidents deployment of addition troops to the Afghan countryside’s to fight and hold terrain against the Taliban and any vestiges of the al-Qaeda in the country…..

But there is this…….

Republican and independent voters are rallying behind Mr. Obama as he presses for the troop escalation, while Democrats remain decidedly cool to his war plans.

I posted a while ago…in the streets and in the congress President Obama the nation’s Commander-in-Chief is going to get support from republicans, blue dog democrats and independents on his prosecution of the surge and the war…..The left is going to be left standing, in doubt, at the door…..

And so it is at this time…..

But the president must find a way to open that door for the left in three years from now when runs again….

Stanley McCrystal has just about two years, give or take a few months…the economy will be okay……..

December 10, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Military, Politics, Polls | , , , | 8 Comments

American's have President Obama's back on the Afghan 'surge'…..

An NY Times/CBS News Poll confirms that a small, but nevertheless majority of Americans, right now….

The poll has 51% of Americans’ behind the Presidents deployment of addition troops to the Afghan countryside’s to fight and hold terrain against the Taliban and any vestiges of the al-Qaeda in the country…..

But there is this…….

Republican and independent voters are rallying behind Mr. Obama as he presses for the troop escalation, while Democrats remain decidedly cool to his war plans.

I posted a while ago…in the streets and in the congress President Obama the nation’s Commander-in-Chief is going to get support from republicans, blue dog democrats and independents on his prosecution of the surge and the war…..The left is going to be left standing, in doubt, at the door…..

And so it is at this time…..

But the president must find a way to open that door for the left in three years from now when runs again….

Stanley McCrystal has just about two years, give or take a few months…the economy will be okay……..

December 10, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Military, Politics, Polls | , , , | 8 Comments

How the president came to ordering up the ‘surge’…….

This is a process piece, which I love, because you get the feel for how and why people do things…..Something you will never get watch things on TV….

I love process pieces…. which is what this piece is from Peter Baker at the New York Times…

We all remember Barack Obama a little more than a year ago, going into Iowa…. He had to figure out a way to get the liberals to come on board with him…not Hillary Clinton…what could he do?

He turned to the Iraq war…Hillary had voted for the consent given Bush from the congress going into Iraq…

Later on in the campaign. …Bush, finally addressing Rumsfeld’s lack of enough boots on the ground decision, would sent an additional amount of troops in a ‘surge’…. again Obama would complain…”the surge hasn’t worked”…. locking in the democratic left…

Well, now the shoe is on the other foot…Barack Obama is the President…the Commander-in-Chief….

This piece, and others in the Washington Post, and the Politico website detail how Obama dealt with the fact that Afghanistan is now his war. And despite the democratic left…he does not want to be the guy who lost Afghanistan….

The real story to me is about the struggle Obama had in trying to resist the direction his commander on the ground in Afghanistan wanted to take…

From the beginning the piece points out that General Stanley Chrystal looked at the campaign as something he could sink his teeth in and wrestle with( He replaced a commander that was too complacent for Sec of Defense Gates)…. a Special Operations Commander before taking over the Afghanistan campaign …all of the top players forgot that Chrystal is expert at fighting unconventional warfare…and he has proved adaptive at dealing with his Commander-in-Chief…

Chrystal upon taking over his command, went on record that things were worst than everyone thought…. the Taliban and al-Qaeda were taking over more territory…and the administration would see an election in the country, where its leader would steal votes in broad day light, and the CIA would advise the Washington DC principals that the country’s government was corrupt, disorganized and ineffective…

The details are here but it came down to this…once the president understood Mc Chrystal wanted more troops, and that the place was spinning out of control… there was no going back…. liberals be damned, there would have to be a troop increase…McChrystal, and the situation in the country, along with his political common sense left him no choice…again, there would more troops…

Argue as much as he did …Vice President Joe Biden was left alone…. While Defense Secretary Gates, and National Security Advisor Gen. James Jones had warned Chrystal early on that it was politically impossible to have more troops sent to Afghanistan…. Chrystal ignored their counsel

After issuing their warnings …both men would step back when it became obvious that Chrystal was pushing ahead…

Obama understood  that by the middle of the summer that there was going to be more troops…. Everyone else (except Biden, again) then jumped on board.

It became known the Gen. Jones was okay with more troops, as was Gates…Chrystal has flushed out the troops position with the CIC….

The plan for either, A) 80,000, B) 40,000 or 15,000 was presented to Joint Chief Staff Chair Mullen and Chrystal’s immediate boss Gen. Petraeus…who pasted the plan on to Sectary Gates…

The next thing everyone knew the basic’s of the plan was leaked….

Gates had no choice but to publicly chew Gen. Chrystal out, which caused a lot of Army bosses to get very upset…they wanted to get the troops so they would not be in the same situation that had happened in Iraq after the first fight there was done…. not having enough troops to be able to hold ground…

It turned out though that President Obama was going at the problem from a different angle…he was questioning the whole Afghan policy…since the war had been handed to him by Bush…he wanted to know …WHY was the country doing what it was doing?

At this time Obama had to let everyone know (actually, just Biden…. since everyone else had picked up the scent that their was going to be a lot of troops going there)…

On October 9…Obama formally got Chrystal’s request…. everyone knew 80,000 was too many troops and 15,000 was too few…. the call would be 40,000…. Chrystal was a good strategic thinker…everyone got the hint…. Obama would be worried about they cost factor (1 Trillion dollars if those troops stayed for ten years)….

At this point things moved to a different level…the bosses jumped back in Clinton brought the doubts of the US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Eikenberry to the table…when would the troops leave?……Gates began to work the system to plan who would deploy….And Gen. Jones of the NSC worked to make the process smooth…there was a lot of people in the process at this time….

Finally, Obama still worried by the numbers and the cost. Asked Gen. Petraeus….’what I’m looking for is surge”….

The stories are priceless…. this is how things get done…not like in movies…. doubts.…different points of view…politics…but common sense when the rubber meats the road…people warning subordinates…but strong willed subordinates (who are warriors) pushing ahead…old politicians standing back until the fight is over when the boss goes with the subordinate’s plan….and a Vice president who argues for less….to be told in the end….that would not be enough…

Everyone played their part…. But in the steel eyed General Stanley Chrystal called the ball and rode it thru….

The President bough in…and he is now beholding to a success in that campaign by Chrystal, who holds his own, and what could be the President’s, who is the Commander-in-Chief’ s, political future, and  well-being along with Afghanistan’s…. in his hands…

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

How the president came to ordering up the 'surge'…….

This is a process piece, which I love, because you get the feel for how and why people do things…..Something you will never get watch things on TV….

I love process pieces…. which is what this piece is from Peter Baker at the New York Times…

We all remember Barack Obama a little more than a year ago, going into Iowa…. He had to figure out a way to get the liberals to come on board with him…not Hillary Clinton…what could he do?

He turned to the Iraq war…Hillary had voted for the consent given Bush from the congress going into Iraq…

Later on in the campaign. …Bush, finally addressing Rumsfeld’s lack of enough boots on the ground decision, would sent an additional amount of troops in a ‘surge’…. again Obama would complain…”the surge hasn’t worked”…. locking in the democratic left…

Well, now the shoe is on the other foot…Barack Obama is the President…the Commander-in-Chief….

This piece, and others in the Washington Post, and the Politico website detail how Obama dealt with the fact that Afghanistan is now his war. And despite the democratic left…he does not want to be the guy who lost Afghanistan….

The real story to me is about the struggle Obama had in trying to resist the direction his commander on the ground in Afghanistan wanted to take…

From the beginning the piece points out that General Stanley Chrystal looked at the campaign as something he could sink his teeth in and wrestle with( He replaced a commander that was too complacent for Sec of Defense Gates)…. a Special Operations Commander before taking over the Afghanistan campaign …all of the top players forgot that Chrystal is expert at fighting unconventional warfare…and he has proved adaptive at dealing with his Commander-in-Chief…

Chrystal upon taking over his command, went on record that things were worst than everyone thought…. the Taliban and al-Qaeda were taking over more territory…and the administration would see an election in the country, where its leader would steal votes in broad day light, and the CIA would advise the Washington DC principals that the country’s government was corrupt, disorganized and ineffective…

The details are here but it came down to this…once the president understood Mc Chrystal wanted more troops, and that the place was spinning out of control… there was no going back…. liberals be damned, there would have to be a troop increase…McChrystal, and the situation in the country, along with his political common sense left him no choice…again, there would more troops…

Argue as much as he did …Vice President Joe Biden was left alone…. While Defense Secretary Gates, and National Security Advisor Gen. James Jones had warned Chrystal early on that it was politically impossible to have more troops sent to Afghanistan…. Chrystal ignored their counsel

After issuing their warnings …both men would step back when it became obvious that Chrystal was pushing ahead…

Obama understood  that by the middle of the summer that there was going to be more troops…. Everyone else (except Biden, again) then jumped on board.

It became known the Gen. Jones was okay with more troops, as was Gates…Chrystal has flushed out the troops position with the CIC….

The plan for either, A) 80,000, B) 40,000 or 15,000 was presented to Joint Chief Staff Chair Mullen and Chrystal’s immediate boss Gen. Petraeus…who pasted the plan on to Sectary Gates…

The next thing everyone knew the basic’s of the plan was leaked….

Gates had no choice but to publicly chew Gen. Chrystal out, which caused a lot of Army bosses to get very upset…they wanted to get the troops so they would not be in the same situation that had happened in Iraq after the first fight there was done…. not having enough troops to be able to hold ground…

It turned out though that President Obama was going at the problem from a different angle…he was questioning the whole Afghan policy…since the war had been handed to him by Bush…he wanted to know …WHY was the country doing what it was doing?

At this time Obama had to let everyone know (actually, just Biden…. since everyone else had picked up the scent that their was going to be a lot of troops going there)…

On October 9…Obama formally got Chrystal’s request…. everyone knew 80,000 was too many troops and 15,000 was too few…. the call would be 40,000…. Chrystal was a good strategic thinker…everyone got the hint…. Obama would be worried about they cost factor (1 Trillion dollars if those troops stayed for ten years)….

At this point things moved to a different level…the bosses jumped back in Clinton brought the doubts of the US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Eikenberry to the table…when would the troops leave?……Gates began to work the system to plan who would deploy….And Gen. Jones of the NSC worked to make the process smooth…there was a lot of people in the process at this time….

Finally, Obama still worried by the numbers and the cost. Asked Gen. Petraeus….’what I’m looking for is surge”….

The stories are priceless…. this is how things get done…not like in movies…. doubts.…different points of view…politics…but common sense when the rubber meats the road…people warning subordinates…but strong willed subordinates (who are warriors) pushing ahead…old politicians standing back until the fight is over when the boss goes with the subordinate’s plan….and a Vice president who argues for less….to be told in the end….that would not be enough…

Everyone played their part…. But in the steel eyed General Stanley Chrystal called the ball and rode it thru….

The President bough in…and he is now beholding to a success in that campaign by Chrystal, who holds his own, and what could be the President’s, who is the Commander-in-Chief’ s, political future, and  well-being along with Afghanistan’s…. in his hands…

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Commander-in-Chief takes his case to the country…..more troops….

President Obama spoke to the American people tonight from West Point…explaining, that his decision to send 30,000 more troops to Aftghanistan for a 18 month surge was to deal with the \’cancer\’ of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan…..and to “…” bring this war to a successful conclusion”…

……it remains to be seen if….. he will be successful…but with the more troops being send ‘in country’ (and in a hurry) this war campaign now becomes his……..

As I said yesterday..the ball is now in General Stanley McChrystal’s court and it’s show-time……

Good luck to us all…….

We’ll have more on this in the coming days…….

December 1, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Military, Politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The President, the Commander-in-Chief, has given his marching orders to the troops…..

President Obama held a classified briefing last night with his National Security team.…under National  Command Authority…he has issued his finding from his months long study of theater commander Gen. Stanley McChrsytal’s request for more assets for the Afghanistan war campaign……

The Commander-in-Chief has approved almost everything McChrystal has asked for and has taken counsel of his ambassador to that Afghanistan and also added and exit policy to the plan….

The president has begun making notifications to the NATO countries heads of state, with requests for more troops and assets from them…..

The President will fly to West Point tomorrow to give an evening speech to the country…..

He will experience headwinds from his fellow democrats….bButhis request will be approved by congress, since no president in modern times, has had such a request turned down……Make no mistake this campaign is now his…and do not doubt that the president’s success or failure is in the hands of one General Stanley McChrystal….

More to come…..

November 30, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Military, Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Gen. McChrystal compliments his boss…..

While a group from Congress visted Kabul, Afghanistan…they got a chance to question General McChrystal…the head of the American and NATO forces in country, about the timeliness of the president’s ( who is the commander-in-Chief ) decision on his troop request….

McChrystal, who got almost everything he asked for, answered the congressmen with this……..

Gen. Stanley McChrystal told lawmakers that President Obama had engaged in a “thoughtful process” on Afghanistan and refused to criticize the president for delaying his decision to send more troops.

Patience is a virtue…..

McChrystal, will undoubtably be back in Washington in the near future to brief the Congress, and the media, on the huge task he has ahead to get his troops to solve a problem, military and political for his boss , President Obama….has his work cut out for him…and getting your boss pissed at you isn’t smart, at all..

 

November 27, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment