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May
11

‘dismantling war machine is final u.s. campaign’

President Obama addresses U.S. troops during his visit to Baghdad, April 7, 2009

Boston Globe: From a wooden perch 20 feet above the sun-bleached sand of central Iraq, Lieutenant Colonel Brian Formy-Duval is helping direct the most complex spring cleaning in American military history.

A snaking, exhaust-spewing caravan of flatbeds and tractor-trailers, coiling around 34 acres of dirt and dust, sputters and brakes and starts again in a slow-moving dance toward cargo that has been collected from US bases across Iraq … Formy-Duval is funneling the accumulation of eight years of war toward Kuwait and beyond.

…All remaining US troops are scheduled to leave Iraq by Dec. 31 … they are nearly all restricted to their bases as the end of the mission approaches, but those facilities are constantly shrinking. Joint Base Balad, which once held 50,000 troops and civilian workers, is now about one-third the size. From a high of 500 US bases in Iraq in 2007, only 66 remain.

…Christopher Sullivan, a civilian from Carlisle who works for the Defense Department, gazes around the base he has called home and looked ahead to the end. “I’m not going to be sentimental about Iraq or anything,’’ Sullivan says. “When the end comes here, it will be me and a suitcase.’’

Full article here

Thank you Jovie

Thanks for the reminder PoliticalJunkessa 😉


43 Responses to “‘dismantling war machine is final u.s. campaign’”


  1. 1 Fred
    May 30, 2011 at 8:25 am

    the troops can’t come home soon enough for me 🙂

    • 2 VC prezOfan2
      May 30, 2011 at 11:44 pm

      Did you notice that Hillary was agreeing with him throughout by nodding her head? Did you also notice that his references to her were quite collegial and without animosity, EVEN THOUGH they were in pre-election debate mode? Despite all the screaming about his lack of experience during the campaign, this President was presidential even before he was president! 😉

    • 4 meta
      May 30, 2011 at 9:26 am

      So interesting to watch his good fortune spread to every corner in the world. There has NEVER been a Presidency like this one. People shouting “I love you!” everywhere he goes and heads of state clamoring for attention. Even the wives have done extraordinary work. I’m especially struck by the dedication and hard work of Dr. Biden, something I don’t recall happening like this before.

  2. May 30, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Also, a little background to how general Dempsey became our next top general!
    The president was going to name general Cartwright, his favorite general who basically did not lie to him during the afghan troop surge Thingy!
    You see, he went against Mullen, gates, and the pentagon and provided the president with options for the war surge!
    Apparently, that was a no no! And last week, just as the president was going to name Cartwright his top general, the pentagon objected profusely.
    So, the president had no choice but to play it safe and name Dempsey!
    Imagine, the president cannot even name his own general without being blocked by someone.
    Now, Cartwright, the presidents favorite general, has to retire.
    Gosh dammit!

    • 6 Fred
      May 30, 2011 at 8:49 am

      wow! thank you for the 411 Jovie.

      Glad the President is sticking with Cartwright

        • 8 UT Austin Liberal
          May 30, 2011 at 9:39 am

          Hey Jovie thanks for the article. It’s annoying how the MSM takes pride in reporting PBO’s supposed “failures or shortcomings” but they’ll never report good news such as this. Troop rates are decreasing in many bases and we are getting out in a safe manner. If one only listens to the MSM it feels like the world is burning to the ground.

          • May 30, 2011 at 9:42 am

            The republican mantra is- America sucks!
            When Ron paul says at cpac, I want Americas youth to opt out of America!
            That tells you everything…

            • 10 UT Austin Liberal
              May 30, 2011 at 9:58 am

              Every time I happen to catch anyone of them including Ron Paul at cpac it baffles me that anyone has libertarian musings. He proposes opting out of America, he said he would never have voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 b/c Govt shouldn’t interfere in business and property. I watched his interview on Hardball and Chris basically called him out; by telling him that what he meant was a business then had the right to discriminate against black people and other minorities b/c you happen to be private. It’s like dude; interstate commerce law totally negates that. And Ron Paul was like I’m not prejudiced but Govt shouldn’t have interfered in Segregation laws, Civil Rights and all that. To say I was stunned is putting it lightly. Then he also wants the Fed to be outlawed and the U.S to return to gold as the major currency. Really??!!! Deluded much? 😯

    • 12 meta
      May 30, 2011 at 9:18 am

      There was also some rumored misconduct with a female aide but I have not researched that to see if it’s been verified. But I’m happy to know that PBO has had his guidance on Afghanistan. I read somewhere that PBO called General Cartwright “Hoss” so there was probably great affection there. Sorry to hear he is retiring.

    • 14 StR
      May 30, 2011 at 9:25 am

      I don’t think it’s that cut and dry. Cartwright is “Obama’s General” and the Senate needs to confirm any nomination and the belief was that they were going to attack him and try to block him like they have been doing with virtually every Obama nomination – and there was something about Cartwright allowing a young drunk woman to sleep in his hotel room while he was working – he was cleared, but it was still going to be made an issue.

      • 15 UT Austin Liberal
        May 30, 2011 at 9:34 am

        Hey Str you’re right. The repugs know that Cartwright is indeed “Obama’s General” and were going to use any means necessary to block his confirmation or make the confirmation process as difficult as possible. Also the fact that Cartwright allowed a young drunk woman to sleep in his hotel room; add to that an alleged sexual misconduct (even though charges were dropped and he was cleared) PBO probably felt it would be easier logisitcally to go with some other qualified person. Also Cartwright now has to retire.

        • May 30, 2011 at 9:43 am

          Yes, that was leaked to the press, but by whom???

          • 17 UT Austin Liberal
            May 30, 2011 at 9:49 am

            I don’t know. I tried to figure it out but it left me kinda baffled. It seemed weird that just when there was a hint that PBO was going to pick him some time in the future to replace Admiral Mike Mullen.. there was a sexual misconduct rumor in the news, then a hearing and then he retires. It left me feeling as though he was railroaded.

            • 18 meta
              May 30, 2011 at 10:00 am

              I think the old budget battles may also figure into the mix. Now that the wars are drawing down, the military is angling for money in the future. Cartwright is a Marine and I think there’s some of the old rivalries at play when it comes to the Joint Chiefs appointment. The Army won out.

        • May 30, 2011 at 3:42 pm

          Possible too that Cartwright himself didn’t want that kind of scrutiny.

    • 20 isonprize
      May 30, 2011 at 9:56 am

      Jovie, I also read that Cartwright twice declined Pres. Obama’s offer for the Joint Chief of staff position. There may be more to this story, but I don’t think Dempsey is a bad choice.

      • 21 StR
        May 30, 2011 at 10:59 am

        I think Dempsey was sort of snuck in. Maybe Cartwright was railroaded, but nobody at the top was going to benefit from that so Dempsey was promoted to the Army post not 6 months ago and now will be Joint Chief. He’s a Petraeus disciple, another “warrior intellectual”.

  3. 22 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 30, 2011 at 8:58 am

    “We need to be as careful getting out as we were careless getting in.” I remember candidate Barack Obama saying that so many times during the 08 election that it became grooved in my mind. Looks like he’s keeping his word…again.

    Happy Memorial Day, everyone! Blessings on our troops and their families for their many sacrifices.

    • 23 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 30, 2011 at 9:56 am

      I see you’ve found the video, Chips. See, teacher, I was paying attention in class :-D! Good Lord — everything you need to know about this man’s foreign policy chops you can learn in that 3-minute clip. That was a masterful summary of what he believes and an almost exact prediction of how he has operated in the presidency. I am often puzzled at people who are confused about what PBO is doing and not doing — for the most part, he spelled it all out during the campaign, or in his books. He’s been consistent to a tee. And look at his future Secretary of State — she couldn’t do anything but nod and smile. Looks like she was temporarily caught up and forgot she was running against this guy….until he said “this is something that may separate Hillary and me”…LOL.

      Thanks Chips, for the excellent find. You rock! 😎

      • May 30, 2011 at 10:17 am

        Thank YOU for the reminder, you legend! 😉

      • 25 Hachikō
        May 30, 2011 at 11:00 am

        Yep, yep, yep to everything you said. That clip is powerful. I’ve never heard of that site, bestofobama.com. I gotta check it out.

      • 26 VC prezOfan2
        May 30, 2011 at 11:54 pm

        Hey PJ, just realized that I unknowingly repeated some of your observations. That’s what happens when the earlier comments are at the bottom and you come in late – oh well, didn’t someone say imitation is a high form of flattery? 😉

  4. 27 CEB
    May 30, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Another promise kept in a responsible manner. Add this to the ever-growing list under the title “The Audacity to get Shit Done.”

  5. 28 theo67
    May 30, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I love the video of Campaign Obama. Boy, is he consistent! And Hillary couldn’t help but nod her agreement to his answer. He looked so young, but he certainly knew/knows what he believes in.

    • 29 meta
      May 30, 2011 at 9:32 am

      That clip just fills my heart what pride. He demonstrated his characteristic leadership and clear thinking and it is masterful. He remains the best thinker and planner we have.

  6. 30 EDP4BHO
    May 30, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Thanks Jovie. Powerful video!

    • 32 theo67
      May 30, 2011 at 10:34 am

      I have three points with this article:
      1. Marco Rubio claims he “won’t be anyone’s number two”. Does Marco Rubio really think he can be President? Why?
      2. Marco Rubio has spent these last five months as Senator voting to end abortion, end Medicare, and do harm to the economy. Why exactly is he a threat in any capacity, given that record, other than his Latino roots? That’s as bad as people saying that Black people only voted for Presiddent Obama because he’s black. I doubt Latino voters use the same broad strokes in making important voting decisions.
      3. In the description of Rick Scott, they mention that he’s a former health care executive – but leave out that he paid a billion dollars in fines for perpetrating a massvive Medicare fraud (against the very constituencies that now voted him in as their governor).

      • 33 StR
        May 30, 2011 at 11:05 am

        Rubio’s problem is that he’s a Senator – it’s rare for a Senator to become President. He should have ran for Governor if he wants the Presidency.

        In 2016 the GOP will throw out Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Jon Huntsman, Mike Pence, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Mitch Daniels – all Governors.

        Dems will offer up Martin O’Mally, Brian Schweitzer, John Hickenlooper, Andrew Cuomo Tim Kaine, Mark Warner – all Governors.

        At BEST he’s playing for VP or a cabinet role in a Republican Administration.

        • 34 hopefruit2
          May 30, 2011 at 11:11 am

          StR there are some exceptions to the governor rule. President Obama was a senator. So was McCain, Clinton and Biden. I also don’t think Rubio’s being a senator is his biggest liability. He has many other negative attributes that would make him a BAD President.

          • 35 StR
            May 30, 2011 at 11:50 am

            Recent history says it’s pretty rare nonetheless. GOP made the choice to back McCain thinking they could win on National Security, but if Romney had been the GOP’s choice when Wall Street crumbled I think he would have been tough to beat. It usually comes down to executive experience and having had to balance budgets etc.

            George W Bush – Governor
            Bill Clinton – Governor
            George HW Bush – House Rep, UN Ambassador, Chair of RNC, Director of CIA, Vice President
            Ronald Reagan – Governor
            Jimmy Carter – Governor
            Gerald Ford – House Rep to VP
            Richard Nixon – Senator to VP
            LBJ – Senate to VP
            JFK – Senator

            Rubio will likely have to be a VP before getting his shot at the top job. Will be a top VP candidate for the 2016 ticket (unless it’s Jeb of course, unless Jeb changes his residency). Cuban-American, from big swing state Christie/Rubio could be formidable.

            • 36 theo67
              May 30, 2011 at 12:02 pm

              He can’t shake his record though, and if Republicans continue their march towards the cliff then it can only get worse. The Dem candidate will have President Obama’s eight year legacy on his/her side, plus the support of President Obama. That will be formidable.

              • 37 StR
                May 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm

                Absolutely. The long voting record is why Senators usually don’t get elected for President in this day in age. Governors have 4-8 years of running a State, and don’t get caught up in the national politics of the moment for the most part. They run on their Gov record (budget, taxes, spending, crime, rankings etc) and get to comment on national issues broadly and usually long after the fact so they get to see how the issue played out.

                Look at any of the current House Reps and Senators on the GOP side – all are rank obstructionists. How can they run saying that they know how to reach across the aisle and work with Dems (indies like this stuff during campaigns)? Guys like Thune and Pence will have a lot of rank partisanship to answer for.

                Why has Jeb Bush been conspicuously silent these last few years? Because he’s a very smart politician who knows the quick publicity you get for throwing a bomb now will only bite you in the ass 10 fold come a Presidential campaign down the line when you reach the general election and have to try and race to the middle to win the indies, centrists and moderates.

  7. 38 dotster
    May 30, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Just adding a little lighthearted tidbit that I found highly amusing—don’t know if anyone else will agree. My daughter called laughing as she related the conversation of my 6 and 8yr. old grandkids getting ready for school on Friday and anticipating their Memorial Day assembly that day:
    “Yeah, and the Army’s even going to be there!”
    “Really? The Army???”
    “Well, not the WHOLE Army.”
    My daughter and I laughed so hard at the mental image of the possibility of the WHOLE Army marching into their neighborhood elementary school.
    Have a good day all!

  8. 40 dotster
    May 30, 2011 at 10:15 am

    More meaningful—-here’s a very nice and complete summary of Obama’s visit to Joplin yesterday, from their local paper:
    http://www.joplinglobe.com/local/x564433958/Thousands-hear-message-of-support-reassurance

    • 41 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 30, 2011 at 10:28 am

      Thanks for that find, dotster — that was a phenomenal, very detailed account. Just excellent local reporting — not a lot of opining, just the facts presented with color and warmth. It was nice to “hear” from the gentleman who was waving the flag as he met PBO, Mr. Hills. I loved reading that article.

      …and your grandkids are too cute!

  9. 42 CEB
    May 30, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Thanks for the additional articles and for the clip of Our Man during the campaign. Gives me chills when I think of the bullet we missed by not electing McCain/Palin and by the president co-opting Hillary and Joe to be on his team.

    PBO’s consistency is amazing. Because he really means what he says and because he has long thought of many of the challenges that face us, he has not had to walk-back or do the awful flip-flop that many others have. It is sad to see once fairly moderate republicans move to the far right to get the support of the repug. hold outs who want to hold the country to a standstill. Don’t they realize that no one respects anyone who does this? They are trying to win a battle at the cost of losing the war (good for us, however).

  10. 43 HZ
    May 30, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    That is why I am going to support and stand with President Obama. This man’s heart is filled with love and respect. His head is filled with intellect, and his deeds are filled with equality for ALL. What a President we have been blessed with in America. God Bless him.


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