Obama Tells Military: "I Won't Risk Your Lives Unless It's Necessary & If It's Necessary I'll Back You to the Hilt"
Unless you’re in Afghanistan.
U.S. President Barack Obama arrives to speak to servicemen and women at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, in Jacksonville, Florida, October 26, 2009. (REUTERS/Jim Young)
He said this with a straight face…
Obama told the troops today that he won’t risk their lives unless necessary and then,
“If it is necessary, we will back you up to the hilt.”
That is, unless you are already serving in harms way.
In that case the president will dither and waffle for months before he decides to send support.
President Barack Obama, accused by some of dithering over a new strategy for Afghanistan, vowed on Monday not to be rushed into a decision over whether to send more U.S. troops to the war zone.
Obama spoke to U.S. Navy personnel in Jacksonville on the same day 14 Americans were killed in helicopter crashes in Afghanistan and shortly after he met top advisers for a sixth time about a new Afghan strategy the White House said was still weeks away.
Just last week, the White House rejected former Vice President Dick Cheney’s charge that Obama was “dithering” over the strategy review and needed to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.
“I will never rush the solemn decision of sending you into harm’s way,” Obama said to applause from the sailors at the event and their families. “I won’t risk your lives unless it is absolutely necessary. And if it is necessary, we will back you up to the hilt.”