Yet another…

01 Dec

Why do I feel cheated? I am not yet a citizen and did not vote for this man, but still feel cheated. A war president , again.. Trillion dollar deficits and spending more for troops.. Please tell me I am dreaming this. I pay a lot of tax, it better go for the right cause.

Exit Strategies have not worked so far. What guarantee do we have that they will, in the future, from a country where corruption oozes out of the government outlets.


Posted by on December 1, 2009 in General


11 responses to “Yet another…

  1. Manohar

    December 1, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    His campaign promise was to end the war in Iraq and take it to Afghanistan. Whether thats right or wrong is a different issue.

  2. shoba

    December 2, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    What does he gain by taking the war to Afghanistan. The Islamic fanatics in Afghanistan were fueled by the US against the Soviets. Now, we are sending troops to a country controlled by the same fanatics. Iraq war was a gross mistake and this one will mostly turn out to be another one. Getting out in 18 months? After what? How is success in a war defined? After catching Bin laden, that is, if they do? Democracy? They supposedly already have a democratic govt though a corrupt one. He was the senator who questioned the Iraq war’s exit strategy and showed how bleak it was.
    Did you listen to his speech? He has a very good speech writer and is a good orator, as we all know. He started with 9/11 and ended with 9/11.. not much different from W.
    So much of the American Tax payers money went down the drain, rather into the pockets of the corrupt Iraqi middlemen during the Iraq war and now, it is sure to make quite a few corrupt Afghanis prosper, when the same money could be used for bringing the country from a recession.

  3. nourishncherish

    December 2, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    This is so disappointing. Why does Presidential term after Presidential term start with the promise of hope and then become nothing else.

  4. sachita

    December 4, 2009 at 11:46 am

    I disagree on this one Shoba. Agree with Manohar, he said he will get out of iraq and focus on getting bin laden.

    I just read couple of days, that the terrorist even in Indonesia get trained in Afghanistan. even as an indian, this fight is very imp. to keep things under control is what i feel.

  5. Sri

    December 4, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Obama is doing what he said during campaign (which is unusual).

    But these kind of issues are not straight forward. If you start questioning what US gains out of it (which is what average American would ask), it is a tough question. I think they can definitely manage by tightening their borders in US and have enough forces on the ground to keep status quo. And that means more money pumped into local economy.
    On the otherhand, it can be argued, due to the fight, they avoided potential terroist activities.

    Following news I heard few days back put things in different perspective.
    – November is the month of least casualities in Iraq for Iraqian civilians – 90 people died
    – June (not very sure), was highest casuality month for US – 85 army people died

    War seems a necessary evil.

    Definitely, it is good for India. With Tailban and Al Q, fighting US, there will be less activity in India-Pak border. I only wish India doesn’t do anything stupid like attacking or moving inside pakistan etc.

  6. suresh

    December 7, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Taking the war to Afghanistan is probably the right thing… But, in my opinion, having a timetable for withdrawal implies an half-hearted attempt. The fundamental problem seems to be the Afghan government, which is very much corrupt and doesn’t have things under control. Unless Pakistan makes use of this time and military backing to out power the militant controlled areas, this problem doesn’t seem to have a foreseeable solution….

    • shoba

      December 12, 2009 at 4:26 pm

      With the terrorists hitting Pakistan more, I hope their govt realizes the devil they have been feeding and act wise.

  7. shoba

    December 12, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    @ Sachitha, Sri

    Think about it this way. Already ,the terrorists have shifted ground and are in Pakistan/Afg border .. With US troops coming in, why can’t they shift to the mountains at Indo/Pak border.. A bit far fetched…I don’t think so !!

    War is destructive and kills innocent lives, wherever that may be. The amount of Iraqis who have died is countless. I have a friend with relatives in Iraq and apparently,their lives have become far more worse after they became democratic.

    • sachita

      December 14, 2009 at 4:39 pm

      so is terrorism, right? walking out with fear of death everyday is no fun at all.

      Iraq is different, afghan is different, there was no reason for us to enter iraq while there is so in case of afghan.

      ps: yes, shifting is really far fetched.

  8. Praveen

    December 17, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Oh man! so many posts to catch up!
    And neat look now.

    • shoba

      December 19, 2009 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks Praveen… Keep visiting..


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