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Get all the way in, or get all the way out.

I had been a member of the United States Air Force a couple of years, not really liking it, when I realized that getting promoted was a game of credential accumulation.  So I grudgingly enrolled in Squadron Officer’s School and started wading through it.  Shortly after delving into one of the books, I ran across some USAF generalissimo saying that military life, and by extension military action, was not a half-way thing.  You need to get all the way in, he said, or get all the way out.  He didn’t want half-committed officers and airmen serving under him.  He wanted people devoted to the service and dedicated to victory, and since this was the military after all, he wanted them committed to the death if necessary.

I realized the truth of what he said, clapped my book shut and set my course for getting out of the Air Force for good.  Military service is not a job, not a career, not an occupation.  It’s a commitment to kill and be killed on behalf of your nation.  If you’re not up for that duty, you shouldn’t join, and if you’ve joined uncommitted, separating from the service is the only honorable course.

Here’s wishing somebody would get a copy of that general’s essay to Mr. Obama.  His stalling, delaying, taking-forever decision on Afghanistan is an embarrassment to the whole nation, an open disgrace to himself, a reneging on his campaign promises, and a betrayal of our servicemen.  Nothing could be more outrageous and despicable than for the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces to be playing golf and attending fund raisers while our troops are being cut down on foreign soil and an urgent plea for reinforcements sits gathering dust on his desk.  Of all the misdeeds of this president, none is more contemptible than his spineless incapacity to reach a decision on Afghanistan either to win the war or get our people out of there.

Dubya was often mocked by Ivy-league elites for his statement, “I am the decider.”  But what else do we elect presidents for if not to make decisions on matters where they bear constitutionally delegated authority?  We now have the embarrassing spectacle of a can’t-decider camping out in the Oval Office, paralyzed with indecision while preening himself before an adoring leftist media about not rushing things.  No true American can feel anything but loathing for such a self-congratulatory lie in the face of mounting casualties that are increasingly nobody’s fault but Obama’s.

Mr. President, you wanted this job.  You campaigned for it and cajoled a majority of voters into hiring you for it.  You said Afghanistan was the real war, the war of necessity.  Now, are you going to do the job of president or just flatter yourself on merely having the job while disregarding its life-or-death responsibilities?  The presidency even more than an officer’s commission in the Air Force demands commitment.  It’s time to live up to your advertising claims concerning both Afghanistan and your job as president: Get all the way in, or get all the way out.

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One Comment

  1. PFC Reed

    Amen and amen! And sending less assests than what’s actually required is not an answer, either. If the United States decides to continue the war in Afghanistan, we have to send enough troops to make sure we can get the job done.

    Posted on 30-Oct-09 at 20:21 pm | Permalink

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