In 2008, America elected Comrade Obama. He promised to spread the wealth around, to raise taxes on the Kulaks, to usher in hope and change and to improve the condition of the common man. He’d create universal health care and save the environment.
Forget all that. The economy is not doing well. The environment for polar bears may be getting better, but the environment for doing business is not. Obama has even failed to raise the landed gentry’s taxes. And it turns out you don’t want universal health, you ungrateful masses.
So in 2012, you’ll be asked to vote not for Comrade Obama, but Commander Obama.
Though he’s short circuiting his success by bringing the troops home too soon, the president’s surge in Afghanistan has produced some positive results. And of course, he’s killed Bin Laden, with some help from military and espionage capabilities developed by George W. Bush.
And now, you’re going to hear about it.
“We pummeled al Qaeda. We took out bin Laden,” Obama announced at one fundraiser in New York City last night.
“We brought the Iraq War to an end, and we’ll have all of our troops out by the end of this year,” he declared at another.
Well, in Iraq, he’s basking in a a successful surge there by Bush that he opposed, but hey, the man was on a roll.
Yesterday, the president’s chief White House political adviser, David Plouffe, used the new White House email list I signed up for to let me know that Vice President Biden also had some things to say about operations in Afghanistan. Wrote Plouffe, the 2008 campaign chairman:
In December 2009, President Obama promised the American people that we would begin the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan in July 2011, and last night he announced his plan to make good on that promise. By the end of this year 10,000 troops will return home and that number will reach 33,000 troops by next summer.
To put this important decision in a larger context, Vice President Joe Biden took a few minutes to share his thoughts about the promises this Administration has made – and kept – when it comes to the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, and our commitment to defeat al Qaeda:
And at 1:23 am this morning, 2012 Obama campaign chairman Jim Messina was nice enough to get in touch to remind me of Obama’s martial success.
If you missed it last night, you should take a few minutes to watch President Obama’s address to the nation about our policy in Afghanistan:
The President’s address marks a major turning point in a nearly decade-long conflict. He announced his plan to start withdrawing our troops from Afghanistan next month, fulfilling a promise he made a year and a half ago to begin the drawdown this summer.
To put it simply: when this president took office, there were 180,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, the combat mission in Iraq has ended, Afghanistan will be fully responsible for its own security by 2014, and there will be fewer than 100,000 American troops in the two countries by the end of this year.
As President Obama decisively concludes two long-running wars, he is refocusing our foreign policy to more effectively address the threats we face and strengthen America’s leadership in the world as we do.
Quite an irony. The community organizer will be running in part as Dwight Eisenhower. If he finally kills Qaddafi, lookout!