Monday, August 31, 2009

White House: President Obama More Successful In Killing Terrorists Than Bush. Problems In Afghanistan Are The Fault Of President Bush

Ret. Marine Gen. James Jones speaks at a press conference with President-elect Barack Obama in Chicago, Dec. 1, 2008.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

ABC News Exclusive: National Security Adviser Says President Obama Is Having Greater Success Taking Terrorists Out of Commission Than Bush Did -- ABC News

Responding to criticism from former Vice President Cheney that President Obama is making the nation more vulnerable to terrorism, the president’s National Security Adviser, Gen. Jim Jones (Ret.), told ABC News in an exclusive interview that actually the reverse is true: President Obama’s greater success with international relations has meant more terrorists put out of commission.

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My Comment: The National Security adviser provides no stats or numbers. The only figure that I know in which there is an increase is in Predator/Reaper missile strikes in Pakistan. Ignoring the high civilian casualty rate from these attacks, I would have to assume that some "terrorists" have been killed.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs

U.S., NATO Must Change To Win Afghan War Says Commander -- Reuters

KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies must change strategy and boost cooperation to turn around the war in Afghanistan, the top U.S. and NATO commander there said on Monday, wrapping up a much-anticipated review.

U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal said the situation was "serious" but the 8-year-old war could still be won. He gave no indication if he would ask for more troops but is widely expected to do so in the coming weeks.

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My Comment: The money quote is the following ....

The White House sought on Monday to pin the blame for the grave state of the war in Afghanistan on the Bush administration, which made Iraq its top military priority.

"This was underresourced, underfunded, undermanned and ignored for years," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

Sighhh.... they should stop pointing the finger at someone else. In these situations I always remember one of Buddha's many sayings .... when you are pointing a finger at someone, you are actually pointing three fingers at yourself.

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