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A Self-Sacrificing Soldier, a Self-Interested President

A soldier gives his life in Afghanistan, while the commander in chief goes politicking.

by
Barbara Curtis

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October 30, 2009 - 12:34 am
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In interviews, Stephan’s grandfather recounted his wanting to be a soldier from the time he was a little boy. His father has expressed bitterness at the military situation which left the unit at Outpost Keating “like sitting ducks.” His mother has been a silent but powerful icon of grief.

Is Stephan Mace — or the other seven Fort Carson soldiers killed October 3 — even remotely on Obama’s radar? Does he care at all?

Mace’s actions showed that his oath was not taken in vain. He was willing to lay down his life for others. Obama’s actions, by contrast, seem to indicate that our country’s defense and the protection of our men and women in uniform are his last priority, what with a schedule crowded with health care campaigning, DNC fundraising (22 events in nine months, compared to Bush’s eight in 12), Olympic lobbying, special interest group appeals, lavish White House parties, and golf.

(To check out the White House’s dream bubble, visit ObamaFoodarama.)

Though his title is commander in chief, Obama had no time to consult with General McChrystal until embarrassed by the general’s response to an interview question that the president had spoken to him only once in 70 days. The general was quickly summoned for a 25-minute meeting/photo op/dressing down on Air Force One when the president landed in Copenhagen.

McChrystal’s request for 40,000 more troops in Afghanistan has been put on the back burner as Obama postures, claiming he needs more time to determine. A strange position for the man who took over banks and a car company in a heartbeat — and wanted to do the same for the health care industry.

Obama campaigned on the promise to get our troops out of Iraq and to prosecute a more effective war in Afghanistan. The lives of our men and women in uniform are no longer Bush’s responsibility. They are now Obama’s responsibility, yet he seems to be utterly detached from the results of his indecision.

In recent weeks, his focus seems to be on his personal “enemies list” (Fox News, Rush, Glenn) and off the deadly enemies growing ever more emboldened as they observe our self-indulgent and preoccupied commander in chief.

Shame on you, Mr. President! Pull the plug on the parties and White House excess! Get down to business, meet with your military, and lead! Bring our troops home or give them the support they need to succeed.

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Barbara Curtis is a wife, mother of 12, and author of nine books, including Reaching the Left from the Right: Talking About Social Issues with People Who Don't Think Like You. Visit her at www.barbaracurtis.com or at her blog www.MommyLife.net. Her fourth son will begin Marines OCS in January.
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