Now Comes Obama’s War Takeover

I have been reading many blogs that in the first three days US citizens were already shifting blame of G.W Bushes war onto the shoulders of President Obamas. Yes, its now his responsibility to clean up after G.W’s nightmare, but for crisis sake, give the man a chance! There are too many people out there […]

I have been reading many blogs that in the first three days US citizens were already shifting blame of G.W Bushes war onto the shoulders of President Obamas.

Yes, its now his responsibility to clean up after G.W’s nightmare, but for crisis sake, give the man a chance!

There are too many people out there that are acting like children going on a family vacation. “Are we there yet?” seems to be the most infamous line. “Dad, you SAID we were going to Disney World TODAY!”.

A car load of five whinny kids and a bitchy wife, and each want a different outcome. That’s when Dad has to pull the car over and rap their heads together and do whats best for the family. It may not be what everyone wants to do or see, but in the long haul, everyone comes out with a good feeling.

As we complain Robert Gates and our new President are making the NEW plan to get out of the mess that Bush got us into. And remember it was Bush that led us into a cluster fump, not Obama! And, no, I’m not all glossy eyed over the new Administration, there are a few things I would change, but ya know, I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, and don’t feel I’m qualified to make these decisions, so I hold strong and support my country and the majority vote for our new President.

Here’s what is going on in Washington:

WASHINGTON – Congress is eager to hear from Defense Secretary Robert Gates how the Obama administration plans to salvage the war in Afghanistan and hold a relative peace in Iraq — all the while reducing the stress on a force stretched thin by years of combat.

Lawmakers, set to question Gates on Tuesday, also want to hear details on the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison, with some members of Congress concerned that their state might become the next location to house the nation’s most dangerous terrorist suspects.

“There are a lot of questions as to what victory and the redeployment out of Iraq means,” as well as plans to bolster forces in Afghanistan, said Rep. John McHugh of New York, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee.

President Barack Obama has vowed to shift military resources away from Iraq and move them toward Afghanistan and Pakistan, which he says is the central front in the struggle against terrorism and extremism. In a plan initiated during the Bush administration and endorsed by Obama, the Pentagon is planning to double the 34,000 contingent of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

But expectations in the troubled region may have to be tempered as top military advisers focus on showing even small security gains and development progress quickly.

“That’s clearly the message I’m getting is, `what are the near-term goals going to be?'” Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said when asked about Obama’s agenda for Afghanistan.

While lawmakers mostly support the plan to send more troops, several Democrats have expressed the need for a clearer strategy.

Without an idea of when the commitment would end, “we tend to end up staying in different places and not necessarily resolving problems in a way that fits our national interest,” said Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., a Senate Armed Services Committee member.

Gates, the only Republican Cabinet member asked by Obama to stay on, oversaw the same buildup of military forces in Iraq in 2006 and 2007 that Obama opposed. Gates also at one point urged caution against setting a firm timeline for troop withdrawals as Obama campaigned on the promise to bring U.S. forces home within 16 months.

But in recent months, the two are believed to have found much common ground, including Obama’s desire to step up diplomatic efforts

Last week, in a meeting with Gates and other national security advisers, Obama reiterated his plans to execute a “responsible military drawdown from Iraq,” according to a White House statement.

There was no mention in the statement of the 16-month deadline Obama frequently cited while campaigning for president. A current U.S.-Iraq agreement calls for U.S. troops to leave Iraqi cities by the end of June, with all troops gone by 2012.

Also in his first week in office, Obama ordered the eventual closure of Guantanamo Bay prison. With many of the details yet to be worked out, lawmakers are wondering where the detainees will go and how they will be tried. Mostly, members of Congress want to know if they’ll be consulted before the administration makes any decisions.

“These perplexing questions confounded the previous administration and will also test the new administration, but our duty calls us to set policies which keep America safe and conform to American values,” said Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

Another issue likely to arise at Tuesday’s hearing is defense spending and whether Gates expects the Pentagon budget to decline considering Obama’s increased focus on domestic spending.

The Obama administration is not expected to complete its review of the defense budget until this spring. Meanwhile, Gates has already estimated that the Pentagon needs another $70 billion in war costs to continue operations through September.

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