October 27, 2009
Oct 13: barry: Afghanistan plan ready “in the coming weeks” (video)
Gibbs said in today’s press briefing that even after the weeks of Afghanistan talks barry “will take some time after these meetings to think through what he’s heard”.
How many Americans does he need to see die before he acts?
He had a plan in March that he hasn’t the spine to implement. Madame Secretary Clinton must be ready to strangle him.
All you barrylovers – recall that the reason he spoke out against Iraq – when it had no meaning and mattered not – was because of Afghanistan. Let’s review what he’s done about Afghanistan: nothing.
His 2006 CODEL went to Afghanistan and Pakistan – where he was supposed to go – but he refused and went to meet with the head of Al Jazeera (the network that broadcasts American beheadings and knows exactly how caveman bin laden’s tapes get there) and with Palestinian students and businessmen shortly before HAMAS was “voted” into power.
He never held a meeting to discuss what NATO could do to help in Afghanistan.
Most definitely partisan FACTCHECK spin:
Obama, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s subcommittee on European Affairs, hasn’t held any Afghanistan hearings. The full Senate Foreign Relations Committee, however, has held three hearings on Afghanistan during the past two years, and Obama attended one of them.
So concerned he was about Afghanistan that he spoke out against Iraq and then voted in favor of funding the war until he ran for president and had to resurrect his Iraq Fairy Tale.
As C-i-C, he’s had a lot of meetings and done a lot of listening. He fired one general and replaced him with another, who he neglected to speak with until the general called him out. He changed the rules of engagement, making the situation more dangerous for our troops. He said he had a strategy in March and it will be at least November before he does anything. In the meantime, October will probably be the fourth month in a row with death tolls over 40.
Today’s press briefing. Listen to how they laugh about barry’s lack of action on Afghanistan the day after the most American deaths in several years.
Q Any more updates on a timeline for when the President might make his announcement? There were some reports that it could be just before he leaves for Tokyo, or even possibly after.
GIBBS: Well, I would definitely narrow it down to either before or after Asia. (Laughter.) If you guys want to do a wire call real fast on that, we can — I’ll slow the plane down so that — (laughter.) Sorry, I had to — sort of a — when I get the softballs, in case I have to turn on them just to see if I can –
Q You don’t let anything go by, do you? (Laughter.)
GIBBS: Let me take two things on this. First of all, the President will meet with the Joint Chiefs at the White House on Friday in a meeting that he requested to
continue discussions on our assessment on Afghanistan and Pakistan and get input from other service branches on the proceedings thus far.
Secondly, in terms of timing, all I can do is reiterate that
the decision will come in the next several weeks or in the coming weeks.
But truthfully, I don’t know when that will be.
And I think the President is in the process of evaluating, as we’ve said, where we are, and
we’ll make a decision in due time.
Due time = how many American deaths?
Q So it could be after he’s back?
GIBBS: It could be before,
it could be after.
Q Is the meeting with the Joint Chiefs one of the last pieces of the decision-making process?
GIBBS: I think we’re getting certainly toward the end of that, yes.
Q I’m sorry, you’re getting toward the end of it, did you say?
GIBBS: Yes, I would say that’s
probably getting toward the end of it.
I think the President will take some time after these meetings to think through what he’s heard, what we’ve all learned, and evaluate this process, both what’s best for our country, what’s best for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and for the region as a whole.
At least he mentioned the US first.
This is unfathomable.
Q One more question on Afghanistan. Has the President read or does he plan to read the resignation letter from Matthew Hoh? He’s the Foreign Service Officer who was in Afghanistan who’s resigned.
GIBBS: I think the — I think the President has seen the story. I don’t believe that the President has seen the letter. I know some people in the White House saw the letter when it went around several weeks ago.
Q Have you seen it?
GIBBS: I had not seen it, until this morning’s paper.
There was no follow up.
What are they talking about in these meetings?
And when is the press going to hold him accountable?