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    Graduating cadets hear from Obama on protecting U.S.

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — President Obama on Saturday told graduating cadets who soon will head to war that their country needs allies standing with the U.S. in Afghanistan and around the world at a time when many countries are questioning their commitment to that fight and the costs of war.

    "The burdens of this century cannot fall on American shoulders alone," the commander in chief said at the U.S. Military Academy, where in December he announced he was sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.

    Obama said the fight against al-Qaeda, begun under President George W. Bush after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is part of an international effort that was necessary and just.

    "The threat will not go away soon," Obama told the nearly 1,000 cadets seated on the field at Michie Stadium. "But let's be clear: al-Qaeda and its affiliates are small men on the wrong side of history."

    America, he said, has a history of not acting alone — citing World War II and the Cold War as among more recent examples.

    "We are the United States of America. We've repaired our union, faced down fascism and outlasted communism," he said. "We have gone through turmoil and come out stronger, and we will do so once more."

    Obama said that although the nature of the war in Afghanistan has changed since it was launched late in 2001, it remains as important as it was in the days after Sept. 11.

    "There will be difficult days ahead," he said. "But we will adapt, we will persist and I have no doubt that together with our Afghan and international partners, we will succeed in Afghanistan."

    As Obama focuses on defeating a resurgent Taliban, some U.S. allies are questioning their commitment in Afghanistan.

    In February, the Dutch government collapsed after Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende tried to meet a NATO request to keep the Netherlands' 2,000-strong contingent in Afghanistan from coming home this year. A majority of the Dutch parliament backed a withdrawal this summer, as planned.

    The Dutch crisis, and growing public opposition to further involvement in Afghanistan, have fed fears that other NATO nations could rethink their role in the 8-year war. Canada, which serves in the same southern region as the Dutch, also plans to remove its 2,800 troops by next year.

    Nearly the entire graduating class of 2010 will become Army second lieutenants, with most expecting to serve eventually in Iraq or Afghanistan, a fact that that Obama said "humbled" him.

    "I assure you you will go with the full support of a proud and grateful nation," he said.
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    Just a note: This young captain that sent me this is not only a loud and vociferous detractor of all things Bush, he is an equal fan of the current POTUS and he claims a huge number of officers in the armed forces agree with him. Pray that this young man finds Christ. He is a secular humanist and his father is an old friend of mine who retired from teaching to run a Christian fellowship (non profit) that ministers to members of Congress. He says the kid was raised in a Christian environment but I suspect they went overboard. Anyway, the kid is a heavily decorated war hero, the real deal and as liberal as they come except he is pro second amendment, with qualifications. He says that nobody but the military should have access to full auto class III under any circumstances.... ~sigh~
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    Sad, sounds like he was raised well. Sometimes thats all you can do. As far as the POTUS, i dont believe a damn thing that comes out of his worthless mouth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Back 40 View Post
    Sad, sounds like he was raised well. Sometimes thats all you can do. As far as the POTUS, i dont believe a damn thing that comes out of his worthless mouth.
    OR The other END= Both the SAME
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    I wonder if young men like that are really liberal or in fact, idealists. And I'm always impressed (NOT) how the politicians say "we" as though they had anything other than their loud voices at risk.
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    *rolls his eyes at the anti liberal mob*
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    *Rolls his eyes at the ignorant populace that voted our current Commander and Chief into office*
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    has he ordered all your guns to be taken away yet like you all said? what ...no?
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    No, just our money so far...
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    IBTL!!!!
    “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”

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    If it is ok to disarm legal citizens to reduce crime, then doesn't it stand to disband the military to prevent war?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctsketch View Post
    has he ordered all your guns to be taken away yet like you all said? what ...no?
    I'm sure he would if he could, but we are getting off topic here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boatail View Post
    No, just our money so far...
    ...and our kids money, and grandkids, etc...

    1.5 trill deficit (over tripling Bush's largest deficit which was passed under a dem congress) two years in a row with expected trillion deficit's for a decade. Even Stalin only had 5 year plans. He wants to spend the money of every American to come.

    Insanity it is.
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    IBTL!
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    Since President Bush left office:

    Where are all of the protesters shouting "blood for oil"?

    Where's Cindy Sheehan?

    Where did they go?

    It's still the same war - just a different president!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti View Post
    Since President Bush left office:

    Where are all of the protesters shouting "blood for oil"?

    Where's Cindy Sheehan?

    Where did they go?

    It's still the same war - just a different president!
    Good Point! I really wander what happened to them? As you said, same war, different President!
    “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnklFungus
    If it is ok to disarm legal citizens to reduce crime, then doesn't it stand to disband the military to prevent war?

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