The Obama War

As Obama gave his speech laying out a new strategy for Afghanistan Friday, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley posted on Twitter, "Listning Prez on FOX anounce his Afhgan stategy Now it bcomes Obama War Not Bush war any longer." Indeed. In addition to laying out the new strategy--more U.S. blood, more U.S. treasure, more international involvement--he fully endorsed the rationale of the U.S. fighting an indefinite war in a land that has long laid waste to foreign powers.

But Obama, who won the White House by arguing against the war in Iraq, made the case for why this other war is necessary at this time:
 The United States of America did not choose to fight a war in Afghanistan. Nearly 3,000 of our people were killed on September 11, 2001, for doing nothing more than going about their daily lives. Al Qaeda and its allies have since killed thousands of people in many countries. Most of the blood on their hands is the blood of Muslims, who al Qaeda has killed and maimed in far greater numbers than any other people. That is the future that al Qaeda is offering to the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan – a future without opportunity or hope; a future without justice or peace.

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