And speaking of Mr. Obama, the commander in chief told a Denver TV station that he's "proud generally" of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Now there's a stand-up guy. We suppose his supporters, based on the latest polls, are no less proud, generally, of him.As with everything else on Scaife's editorial page, what the braintrust leaves out tells us much more than what it decides you should read.
Here's the reality. It was an interview with a Denver TV station KCNC where the topic at that point was the war in Afghanistan (you can see the larger context here). Take a look. This is what the President actually said:
This has been enormous strain for a decade now on our men and women in uniform and obviously what happened this weekend was absolutely tragic and heartbreaking. But when you look at what hundreds of thousands of our military personnel have achieved under enormous strain you can't help but be proud generally and I think it's important for us just to make sure that we are not in Afghanistan longer than we need to be.And what about that "what happened this weekend" part? What was that all about?
It was this:
Stalking from home to home, a United States Army sergeant methodically killed at least 16 civilians, 9 of them children, in a rural stretch of southern Afghanistan early on Sunday, igniting fears of a new wave of anti-American hostility, Afghan and American officials said.Absolutely tragic and heartbreaking. The massacre, however, goes unmentioned in the wingnut version of this story. They want Obama to say he's always immensely proud of the entire military even when (it is alleged) one of its sergeants goes rogue and slaughters more than a dozen innocents.
Residents of three villages in the Panjwai district of Kandahar Province described a terrifying string of attacks in which the soldier, who had walked more than a mile from his base, tried door after door, eventually breaking in to kill within three separate houses. The man gathered 11 bodies, including those of 4 girls younger than 6, and set fire to them, villagers said.
Anything less is simply unpatriotic.
Even when he was contrasting the great things the military has achieved under enormous strain to that tragic rogue sergeant.
Ah, the Obama Derangement Syndrome.