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Old 12-01-2009, 11:32 PM
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Obama Speech on Afghanistan

The part I liked was at the end -

America — we are passing through a time of great trial. And the message that we send in the midst of these storms must be clear: That our cause is just, our resolve unwavering. We will go forward with the confidence that right makes might, and with the commitment to forge an America that is safer, a world that is more secure, and a future that represents not the deepest of fears but the highest of hopes. Thank you, God bless you, God bless our troops, and may God bless the United States of America.

The part I didn't like -
To meet that goal, we will pursue the following objectives within Afghanistan. We must deny al-Qaida a safe-haven. We must reverse the Taliban's momentum and deny it the ability to overthrow the government. And we must strengthen the capacity of Afghanistan's security forces and government, so that they can take lead responsibility for Afghanistan's future.

(Overthrow the government? The central government is not the governing body of that country, there are so many leaders throughout Afghanistan, to disregard their role is naive and we will be ineffective. Those leaders will side with whomever provides the most money, food or real benefit. To get them to sign up to fight the Taliban and al-Qaida is the real challenge.)

The embarrassing part -
The camera caught at least 5 cadets nodding off during his speech and had to cut away to other shots. It looked like even Hillary was going to nod of any second. He really likes to drone on and be professor like in his oration. Too bad, it's an important speech and he was not dynamic except for the end in my opinion.

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Old 12-02-2009, 01:01 AM
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