21
Jun
11

tomorrow, 8.0

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20 Responses to “tomorrow, 8.0”


  1. June 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    And I will wait to hear from him tomorrow.

  2. June 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Now everywhere I go on the internet will be an article about what Obama should say in his speech. Or an article on the 2,3, 5 things to look for in Obama’s speech. ‘Cause if he doesn’t say any of these things then the speech and or plan was a total failure.

    • June 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      + 1,000,000,000

      Why can’t everyone just wait for the flippin’ speech?!

      • 4 utaustinliberal
        June 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm

        Exactly! They always speculate and spew crap. They toss out random points he has to hit or else his speech or plan is a failure. At the end of the day, I just listen to the speech, take away substance and leave the media to roll around in their own misinformed filth.

  3. June 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Just want to say I’m so proud of my President / Commander In Chief!!

  4. 9 carolyn
    June 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    What would the exploding talking heads have to do for 24 hours, if they didn’t do this stupid speculating!!! Not one of them could do what PBO has done and is doing!!!

  5. 11 Jessica
    June 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I trust my President because he is an informed and intelligent man and has weighed this heavily. So I support his decision if it’s not the popular decision.

  6. 13 Ladyhawke
    June 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    The White House Press Corps (aka the jackals) have been in rare form asking lots of stupid questions relating to Afghanistan. I remember all of the complaints about how long it was taking for PBO to develop his plan for Afghanistan. Now they seem to have developed temporary amnesia about the process that laid out the timeline for the draw down scheduled to start next month.

    Press Secretary Jay Carney has tried many times to steer them back to the original strategy sessions in 2009 as a point of reference. What PBO will announce tomorrow night is not a new strategy. It is simply the implementation of an objective that was set forth in the 2009 strategy sessions.

    Q Thanks, Jay. I know that no decision has been made on the troop drawdown from Afghanistan yet, but the President and today Panetta said it will be significant. Gates just said it will be modest. Where is the overlap between those two descriptions?

    MR. CARNEY: Significantly modest or modestly significant, perhaps? (Laughter.)

    Q Help us understand.

    MR. CARNEY: This is the President’s decision. And I think it’s important, again, to step back and look at the fact that the President has been leading monthly meetings on his AfPak policy in the Situation Room with all his national security principals, commanders out in the field, since December of 2009.

    So this is not — while he will announce soon, as he said, his decision about the pace and slope — size, pace, slope of the drawdown that begins in July 2011, as prescribed in his policy, this is not something he’s suddenly turning to now. He has been engaged and focused on this for — on a regular basis and has meetings — monthly meetings that he chairs in the Situation Room; weekly meetings with Secretary Gates and Secretary Clinton; regular meetings with obviously other national security principals and national security staff.

    So he has not made a decision. When he does, he will announce it.

    Q But if the principals are going to talk about it in what seem to be flatly contradictory terms, what are the American people to take away from that?

    MR. CARNEY: I think the American people will take away from the President’s decision the fact that he says what he will do and he does what he says he’ll do. And that is, back in December of 2009, as part of the policy and approach and strategy that he laid out for Afghanistan, he said that we would, after ramping up our troop presence in Afghanistan, adding another 30,000 troops, in addition to the troops he had added before, that we would begin a transition and we would begin to draw down our troops. And that the size and pace of the drawdown would depend on conditions on the ground. We are now at that point. But this is not — this is a milestone in the implementation of a policy that’s been in place since December of 2009. And I think what Americans will take away from the announcement is the policy is on track; the President is doing what he said he would do. He has very clear objectives in Afghanistan and in the AfPak region, which is to disrupt, dismantle, and ultimately defeat al Qaeda; to halt the Taliban’s momentum in order to stabilize Afghanistan so that it does not again become a haven for al Qaeda. And those — there has been great progress towards those objectives, but this is the policy.

    Remember that, as articulated by NATO in Lisbon, that the transition to Afghan lead continues through 2014, at which point the Afghans will have full lead over security. That transition process, therefore, will take place over a fair amount of time.

  7. 14 collegekay
    June 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I’m going to miss the speech so I’d really appreciate it if you guys can keep me updated. ^_^ 😉

  8. June 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Lady H, thank you for sharing this here. I like the way Carney’s recap steers us back to the fact that the President has plans/goals with regards to Afghanistan and is not flying by the seat of his pants, or influenced by the hubhub of the moment .

    • 16 Ladyhawke
      June 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      No problem, what are friends for? I’m a big fan of Jay Carney too. It has been fun to watch him grow in his new position. He is very disciplined and he stays on message. Frankly, I don’t know how he stands the snarky, gotcha, dripping with sarcasm questions everyday. I can certainly understand why Robert Gibbs had to leave after two years as press secretary.

      BTW: The question and answer segment that I posted above happened on June 9, 2011. Would you believe today Jay Carney had to reiterate those same comments at least three times because of the nature of the questions being posed today. The jackals spent most of their time second guessing and trying to get Jay Carney to tell them what PBO will say tomorrow. They just can’t seem to accept the fact that PBO has been heavily involved since 2009 and is not flying by the seat of his pants. They are hopeless. Jay told them to tune in tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. EST. for details.

  9. 17 Mae who love our CIC
    June 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    What if the troops are already home and POTUS is informing us. Since we are speculating. The media always speculates. They want to be considered intelligent. Sooo sad.

    • 18 Sue in Minnesota
      June 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      Most speculation is pointless. There are many questions that could be asked that would serve to inform…..but they make such a contest out of the guessing game.
      I have little patience for wasted and misdirected energy. Jay Carney couldn’t possibly be paid enough for what he has to put up with. Even still he does a great job.

      • June 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm

        I will wait and see what he says Wednesday night. I don’t want to hear what the pundits have to say, so I will not listen to any of them. I will wait and see what my President has to say. Change the subject a minute. Serana Williams won her first match to day. I am so glad to see her back. She had some seriously health issues last season, and I am glad to see her back playing.

        • 20 Sue in Minnesota
          June 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm

          anniebella, I avoid them as well. Americans would be well informed if they simply listened, emphasis on listened to the President. He says what he means, means what he says, and says it in a way that is clear and direct.


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