Many of our more contrarian commenters here at POWIP may be surprised by this postâ€™s lede, as well as those who generally agree with my theses.Â But as I have said since his election, Mr. Obama is our President, and I will support him when heâ€™s right and oppose him when heâ€™s not; I will be the personification of the term, â€œThe Loyal Opposition.â€
Well Iâ€™d like to take this moment to congratulate the President for making a decision to put the safety of our nation first, instead of internationalism.Â Just as when he ordered the engagement of the Somali pirate kidnappers in April, Mr. ObamaÂ has again sent our special operations teams into action to protect our nation.Â Earlier today the best of the best, our US Navy SEALs, successfully concluded operation Celestial Balance; an operation tasked to capture/kill Saleh Ali Nabhan.Â Ten days ago President Obama signed off on the operation to take Nabhan, who was involved in many attacks on us and our allies since 1998 as well as residing on the FBIâ€™s most wanted list since 2006.Â
This took stones on the part if the President, especially considering the pressure heâ€™s under from the far left over Afghanistan and the War on Terror in general.Â I tend to agree with Fouad Ajami that it is morally false and intellectually muddled to differentiate between Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the rest of the WOT, as being â€œgoodâ€ or â€œbadâ€ wars; they are all part of stemming radical Islamic extremism, a clear and present danger to our nation.Â And itâ€™s pathetic how some on the left are blowing the retreat bugle just like they did in Iraq.Â But perhaps worse are those on the right who supported the endeavor while Bush was POTUS, but now that Obama is Commander-in-Chief are suddenly squeamish.
Let me be crystal clear, I am behind Obama, Petraeus, and the entire command structure in Afghanistan, all the way down to each boot on the ground.Â And to the President I say, while those on your own side, Pelosi et al, will resist your efforts to do what it takes to win the war, much like Bush joined with Democrats on some of his legislation, so too should you rely on the Republicans for support of your war needs and measures.Â I agree wholeheartedly with Messrs. McCain, Graham, and Lieberman that, â€œOnly decisive force can prevail in Afghanistanâ€.Â Just as in Iraq, we need to go all the way to ensure victory and greater security for our nation.
So Iâ€™ll close by saluting my Navy brethren with a hearty, HOOYAH!, for a job well done, and the same to President Obamaâ€¦