Friday, May 22, 2009

Well THAT'S a relief

Obama vows not to send people to war without cause

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – President Barack Obama promised graduating midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday that, as their commander in chief, he will only send them "into harm's way when it is absolutely necessary." In his first address to military graduates, Obama also pledged to invest in the men and women who defend America's liberty, not just in the weapons they would take with them into battle against 21st century threats.

"I will only send you into harm's way when it is absolutely necessary, and with the strategy, the well-defined goals, the equipment and the support that you need to get the job done," the president told more than 1,000 graduates during a sun-splashed ceremony at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Good to know. After all, we have a history in our couple hundred year history of Presidents sending young men to war for no reason at all. See, our President is sooooo smart. Not like that awful George Bush.

Of course the clumsy inference is that President Bush sent troops into harms way without cause, which is both historically inaccurate and smarmy. One would think that someone as self-described as "gifted" as Obama would be able to make a more subtle point. Maybe he just assumes that regular folk are too dense to get nuance and need something simpler. Given that so many people marched like lemmings to vote for him last fall, that may not be far from the truth.
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