As a Gold Star dad, this one really gets under my skin.
So Obama goes to Dover to "honor" the 18 fallen returning from Afghanistan. Of course, he makes a public event out of it and makes sure cameras see him do it.
And oh, by the way...those 18 died while he has spent nearly 3 months dithering after Gen McChrystal asked for reinforcements via an assessment that Obama asked him to write.
In 2006, we faced a similar situation in Iraq -- an insurgency that seemed to be getting out of hand, and we risked losing control of the country. Gen Petraeus asked for more troops, and Bush sent the surge. Our son was killed in Dec '06 as the surge started spinning up.
Our son was one of 112 US soldiers killed in Iraq that month. Thanks to the surge, that number was down to 23 a year later. So far, four out of ten months this year have had casualties in the single digits. We lost ten last month, and only four of those were due to enemy fire. Similarly, there were 1,629 Iraqi civilians killed in Dec '06. Last month there were only 95.
What made the difference in Iraq? The surge...a surge that Barack Obama did everything in his power to oppose and stop. That surge meant a lot fewer families living with permanent scars left by the devastation of war. Those families got to welcome their sons home with hugs. I welcomed my son home in a box you couldn't fit a soccer ball in. And that's not just in the US -- it's far fewer grieving Iraqi families, too. If it had been up to Obama, the carnage would've continued and there'd be a lot more families like mine.
And now here we are again...our troops are under heavy fire against a serious insurgency, and they're calling for reinforcements. NATO has agreed with McChrystal's numbers. And yet our troops have been put on hold for almost three months while their CINC can't even make a decision about when to make a decision. Those troops died wondering whether their country was going to answer their call for help.
But he made sure the press knew he was making the trip to Dover, didn't he?
When President Bush put his travel itinerary on hold and met with our family privately about the death of our son, no one knew he'd done it. And during the visit, he made it a point of saying that he felt a heavy responsibility knowing that our son died because of a decision he made.
Do you think the families at Dover got that from Obama?