I gotta give the commander-in-chief a for his trip to visit the troops on Thanksgiving. It's one thing to talk the talk and another to walk the walk.
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11/27/03 at 7:06pm
|Originally posted by Lucia
Call me a cynic, but I think this was directly related to the increasing discontent in the US about Iraq, and GWB's perceived lack of emotional involvement in the mounting casualties. On 9/11, he was flying around the US willy-nilly trying to figure out where to land, which makes sense in terms of keeping the government in place. So he then flies into a war zone in the middle of the night putting our government at any real risk? I don't think so. I'm sure this boosted the morale of the troops, but I believe that at its root, it was a stunt, just like his airplane landing on an aircraft carrier in the gulf. All of the helicopters shot down by the insurgents have occurred during the day, because they need to see their targets.
At the same time as he was making his utterly secret visit, Hillary Clinton (whom I don't particularly like) and one of the senators from Rhode Island went to Afghanistan to visit with our troops there, in a trip that people knew about in advance. Given that someone tries to kill Hamid Karzai, the current President of Afghanistan on a regular basis, and has come close a few times, I think their trip was probably a bit more dangerous than what Bush did.
|Originally posted by valanhb
Is it possible that even one well-intentioned gesture by this man cannot be taken as such? I realize that he is a pretty disliked person here, but honestly I am a bit dismayed that him taking a risk like this (which, I'm sorry, does not compare to senators making the same journey - he is the PRESIDENT!) to spend time with the troops instead of being safe, warm and happy at home on Thanksgiving. Was it a political move? Maybe, I can't possibly know his true motives. But I also think it is POSSIBLE that he did this with honest intentions of showing his appreciation to the troops over in Iraq.
|Originally posted by Deb25
Would you rather your s/o stopped and bought you flowers when he was in a flower shop anyway, or that he went out of his way to make the trip especially for you?
|Originally posted by dtolle
And as far as Afghanistan goes, just because he didn't go there doesn't mean those troops were forgotten. Thats like saying why didn't he stop in Germany, or Saudi, or Italy? His mission was Iraq,and that is what he did.