Way back on October 27, 2007 Candidate Obama told his supporters, “I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war. You can take that to the bank.”
This week, December 1, 2009, he promised to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Of course, it’ll take nine months to get them there and he also promised to begin bringing them home as soon as they all arrive.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs will undoubtedly tell us that President Obama’s actions are unprecedented, because that’s this administration’s favorite word.
But this speech may truly have been unprecedented. Because it may be the first time one speech was able to piss off liberals who don’t want to fight the war and conservatives who actually want to win the war.
And you can take that to the bank.