Saturday, December 5, 2009

Cutting Free of George Bush's Wars

After listening to Obama's Tuesday night speech at West Point, former Presidential Candidate and current commentator Patrick J. Buchanan thinks we're coming home.
"Obama was not citing the Eisenhower of Normandy but President Eisenhower, who ended Korea by truce, refused to intervene in Indochina, did nothing to halt Nikita Khrushchev’s crushing of the Hungarian revolution, ordered the British, French and Israelis out of Suez, and presided over eight years of peace and prosperity, while building up America’s might and getting in lots of golf at Burning Tree.

Not a bad president. Not a bad model.
How can we reconcile Obama’s end-times rhetoric about the stakes imperiled with an 18-month surge of just 30,000 troops?
Stanley McChrystal won the argument over troops. But Obama, in his heart, does not want to fight Bush’s “Long War.” He wants to end it. Obama is not LBJ plunging into the big muddy. He is Nixon coming out, while giving an embattled ally a fighting chance to save itself.
In four years, Nixon was out of Vietnam. In 18 months, Obama says we will be out of Iraq with a steadily diminishing presence in Afghanistan.
What we heard Tuesday night was the drum roll of an exit strategy."
Read the story at Taki Magazine.


  1. I don't put much stock in anything Buchanan says. I can't stand the man.

  2. I expected the reaction. Why is it that I have some weird affinity for the man? I know he is a misogynist, racist, bigot who does not share my values. I guess way back when, when I considered myself a fiscal conservative and social liberal I watched him on The McClaughlin Group and thought he witty. I still see him from time to time on msnbc. The reason I posted his comments were that I thought that they were more original than the usual media blather you see and read ad nauseum. I also liked the fact that he liked Eisenhower who some of the conservatives that i talk to hate. Did I mention he was a misogynist, racist, bigot? He says it with a smile, though.

  3. He's an embarrassment to me as a Catholic, on top of him being a misogynist, racist, bigot, with a "smile"...I say, a sneer. He is the epitome of arrogance. Two things I detest: arrogance and stupidity. Oh, wait, he has both of those traits, doesn't he? Strangely enough, I'm starting to fancy Alan Colmes. Hmmmm. Wonder what's up with that?

  4. Oh, by the way, my dad, a very staunch GOP conservative evangelical, doesn't think very highly of Eisenhower as President. Apparently my dad lost his job during an Eisenhower economic downturn. It left a bad taste in his mouth. My mom was pregnant with me (I'm one of six children) & it was a very bad time for my folks.

  5. I was born in '60 so I don't remember Eisenhower. But agreeing with what your Dad said, it follows what I've heard from others. Only between you and me, I don't have all that much affinity for history, although I love political discussion. Guess I need to bone up on my history, though. From your other post, which I read, I gathered that it has been a tough time for your Father. How is he doing. My Mother's two parents were afflicted with the same ailments and I watched and was in the process until the end. If you ever want to talk, I'm not an expert but do have personal insight. Six kids! Man, you had a busy house growing up!