New Obama ad on war fatigue: It’s time to stop fighting over there, and start rebuilding here

posted at 12:01 pm on October 22, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Hitting the “we need to bring our troops back and start doing some nation-building at home” note that he’s struck several times throughout his presidency (which, by the way, helpfully implies that it’s somehow our defense budget that’s been bankrupting us rather than our entitlement spending, and that if we can just end these wars, we can just keep burning money on the domestic front without a care in the world), the Obama campaign today released an ad touting the troop drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan ahead of tonight’s foreign-policy debate.

This ad is yet another bid to play on any anti-Bush sentiment that may still be lingering in the American mindset, and again trumpet Obama’s abilities as a great and munificent healer of humanity — the most glaring issue being that “bringing troops home” and “winning wars” are not necessarily synonymous. It’s an issue with which Romney will almost certainly take umbrage tonight, as well as with President Obama’s overriding, well-promoted foreign-policy theme that he has effectively made the world a more safe and secure place and preserved American interests abroad — a point that, after his administration’s bungled handling of the recent attacks in Benghazi, Obama is going to have that much more difficulty making.


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It’s time to……..Kick this guy out of here!

LeftCoastRight on October 22, 2012 at 12:03 PM

“Obama has a plan for ending the war.”

If only that plan involved winning…

Steven on October 22, 2012 at 12:04 PM

This will get the Ron Paul bots vote.

ChunkyLover on October 22, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Bringing troops home into an economy with a 8%+ unemployment rate.

JohnTant on October 22, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Obama: a day late and 6 TRILLION dollars short…

Khun Joe on October 22, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Good thing he’s not using the troops or foreign policy for political purposes.

Flange on October 22, 2012 at 12:05 PM

This isn’t the first time that he’s alluded to “repurposing” those defense dollars.

Hill60 on October 22, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Getting rid of Obama/Biden would be a great first step in nation-building here.

trigon on October 22, 2012 at 12:07 PM

All this commie thug wants is more money to buy votes with.

Every dime he cuts in defence spending he will spend on the dole for voters.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 22, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Slow and steady does it tonight, Mitt. You don’t have to throw deep on every play. Be presidential.

a capella on October 22, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Staring to rebuild here, would be a stunning reversal of policy for the 0bama regime.

Rebar on October 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Why do our troops fighting Muslims in foreign lands? Don’t they have things to do at home? Oh, wait…

Archivarix on October 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM

So why hasn’t he done it?

Caiwyn on October 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM

The troops have been home from Iraq for a while now. Can Obama say his budget now only has an Afghanistan-sized deficit?

MayBee on October 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Is this so the troops can get shot here at home then have it be designated as “workplace violence” so they get none of the military protections for their service and military benefits can be denied to them and their families? Yeah, that does a lotta solid nation building.

stukinIL4now on October 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM

I love how he likes to pretend he’s not the incumbent…he could’ve started to reinvest here anytime in the last 4 years.

changer1701 on October 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Didn’t we just get news from the the White House two days after the VP debate that Afghanistan timelines were out? I seem to remember that after Ryan reamed Biden about withdrawal timelines in Afghanistan, there were reports that the withdrawal meme had been shelved.

Dusty on October 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Nation-building and Obama in the same phrase gives me the creeps for some reason.

gophergirl on October 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Bite Me!

That’s my response to this video.

You didn’t end squat in Iraq, you followed Bush’s plan. Stop taking credit for something you had nothing to do with.

D-fusit on October 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

It’s time to scrape the obamashit off of our boots, and put America back to work.

Pork-Chop on October 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

The troops have been home from Iraq for a while now.

Actually MOST troops are out of Iraq.

This is an idiotic ad. It would be wonderful if he was a “challenger,” but he is the current CinC, so if we are engaging in foreign wars- it is his fault.

melle1228 on October 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Liberals always leave out the part about winning when speaking of bringing our troops home.

Grunt on October 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

He had four years to do whatever he wanted war-wise. He’s the commander in chief.

Own it.

WitchDoctor on October 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I refuse to watch the debate tonight. Listening to Obama’s sanctimonious nattering makes listening to fingernails on a chalkboard sound good. You guys watch it and tell me all about it tomorrow.

Mitt does need to make that very point tonight — removing all american troops from the Middle East won’t begin to make a dent in the national debt. (Remember when Slick Willy was promoting the Peace Dividend? Still makes me shudder.) Mitt also needs to force Obummer to explain just exactly what he meant by asking Medvedev to tell Putin to give him some space before the election, because he would be much more flexible afterwards. Mitt also needs to mention how Obama gossiped with Sarkozy on an open mike about how neither one could stand Netanyahu. There’s lots of other things Mitt can slam O for. All Mitt has to do is get in there and start slugging the way he did in the first debate.

catsandbooks on October 22, 2012 at 12:13 PM

“You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.”

- Leon Trotsky

The United States can’t unilaterally decide whether it will or will not fight Islamofascism…not as long as the Islamists are determined to destroy us.

Resist We Much on October 22, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Well,

Dante would approve of the dual-themes of isolationism and cowardice in the face of global threats.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Porkulus! Infrastructure! Investment! Shovel-ready!

Bend over and get ready.

slickwillie2001 on October 22, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Lara Logan thinks that the enemy might not understand that the fight is over, and they should head home and tend their goats. She thinks the lefties are so arrogant in their worldview that, if the Lightbringer says the fights over, well then, it’s over. The Russians think the attitude is just naiveté.

So which is it, lefties? Arrogance or naivite? Inquiring minds want to know. Oh, and either way, don’t assume the fight is over because it isn’t. There will continue to be sub-optimal bumps in the road.

MTF on October 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Paging Cindy Sheehan………….

FlaMurph on October 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM

“Nation building”. The dreamy illusory concept of the libs, and the menacing imaginary demon of the know-nothings on the “right”. (and sometimes, the disastrous and naive misconceived substitute for military solutions to military problems, for imposing your will).

Reality: consolidating and exploiting success, or maintaining the initiative, or spoiling the key initiatives of the enemy.

IceCold on October 22, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Gee, Mr. President, how many Americans were killed in Libya while Gaddafi was in power? Does that mean zero?

At the debate tonight, Romney should promise that, should he win election, he will appoint Obama as American ambassador to Libya.

Steve Z on October 22, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Wait, the 33,000 troops he “brought home…”

Aren’t those the surge troops he sent in the first place?

Also, even if you ignore how incredibly disingenuous that is, bringing troops home from an unfinished war isn’t the sort of thing you take credit for, as it implies a more difficult job for the Soldiers still deployed.

Sgt Steve on October 22, 2012 at 12:18 PM

that was meant to be “disastrous and naive misconceived” approach actually preferred by the brass, esp. in the Army ….

IceCold on October 22, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Obama’s overriding, well-promoted foreign-policy theme that he has effectively made the world a more safe and secure place and preserved American interests abroad

Just don’t mention Benghazi!

Or the Russian “reset”.

Or Egypt.

Or Syria.

Or Iran.

Or………..

GarandFan on October 22, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Ditto dfuseit

Hopefully mitt will remind folks

cmsinaz on October 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM

cmsinaz on October 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM

That’s what I’m hoping for.

D-fusit on October 22, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Ohh oh!! This one will resonate with the people…

right2bright on October 22, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Liberals love to talk about the Hoover dam as the product of wise progressive economic policies. Obama has spent trillions of dollars so where are our Hoover dams? We’ve already spent trillions on “economic stimulus” and infrastructure blah blah blah but we’ve got nothing to show for it.

gwelf on October 22, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Wait, the 33,000 troops he “brought home…”

Aren’t those the surge troops he sent in the first place?

Good point, Sgt Steve.

MayBee on October 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM

OT/ sort of.. According to the WSJ, obama was told for a full week that this was a “spontaneous” attack…So tonight obama can say “See, I waited till the facts were in before I jumped to conclusions.” Good job at falling on your sword for obama, CIA…

sandee on October 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Romney should announce the immediate withdrawl from AfPak if elected. Declaring that the policy has been so screwed up there is no reason to stay and have Americans die for what will be nothing at this point.

Tater Salad on October 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Obama cannot concentrate or fund his pure Marxist state if we are fighting for freedom and democracy in foreign lands.

It’s that simple.

rplat on October 22, 2012 at 12:34 PM

My war fatique pales in comparison to my Obama fatique!!

Deano1952 on October 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Sticking that turkey’s head in the sand is not a strategy.

bayview on October 22, 2012 at 12:37 PM

At the debate tonight, Romney should promise that, should he win election, he will appoint Obama as American ambassador to Libya.

Steve Z on October 22, 2012 at 12:17 PM

That’d be like throwing Br’er Rabbit into the briar patch, wouldn’t it?

Cleombrotus on October 22, 2012 at 12:39 PM

There is a shameful, unnecessary, willful, and heartless backlog of cases at the VA of returning, injured vets trying to get the medical care and benefits that they have earned and desperately need.

Obama has welcomed SCORES of known Islamic radicals to the White House for HUNDREDS of meetings. HERE

Obama has undermined stable governments in the Middle East that were at least friendly to the West, such as Mubarak in Egypt, and allowed radical Salafists and the Ihkwan ( AKA Muslim Brotherhood) to step in and seize control of those nations and had the gall to call it ‘The Arab Spring’ and insisted that it was the rise of democracy in those nations. This last week, the head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt called for Sharia Law and Egypt wants Iran to help them attain nuclear capacity.

Obama has allowed Iran to proceed down the path to nuclear capacity unabated. Iran has repeatedly called for the annihilation of Israel, and Egypt is joining them in working toward that goal. Israel is out best ally in that region of the world and Obama has systematically undermined Israel at every turning.

Obama TOLD our enemies that we would withdraw in 2014. Clearly,telling our enemies, tactically, all the Taliban and al quaeda had to do was wait. This, after pouring blood and treasure into Afghanistan for four years on his watch. Further destabilizing the region and causing the waste of American blood and treasure.

Our consulate in Benghazi was attacked in a rank act of war, our Ambassador and three other Americans slaughtered, Obama, rather than accept the blame for the security failure and policy failure that allowed this to happen, refused to classify it as a ‘terrorist act’, has still not termed it a ‘terrorist act’, has pointed the finger of blame at the State Department, and then the CIA and Intelligence community, has told conflicting stories about what happened, seeking to obfuscate the truth, in a SHAMELESS bid for re-election.

Where are the protesters who plagued George W. Bush and complained of the wars and claimed he acted without congress as an ‘Imperial Presidency’? Silent. The hypocrisy of the left is overwhelming and apparent for all to see and THEY, too, have lost any claim to credibility.

thatsafactjack on October 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

The Obamunist will prove he cares about the safety and welfare of his military…beyond a shadow of a doubt.

/

FlaMurph on October 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Dante doing the “Happy Dance” all by hisself.

Jabberwock on October 22, 2012 at 12:43 PM

I’m not even sure why obama is running ads – according to a CBS News affiliate in Phoenix, the votes have already been counted and obama has won the election.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=11103719&l=d0a2d0b7dd&id=24718773587

Pork-Chop on October 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM

If he was actually capable of rebuilding anything, I’d agree with him 110%. Our infrastructure alone is in sad shape let alone things like our Mexican ‘border’.

MelonCollie on October 22, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Romney should announce the immediate withdrawl from AfPak if elected. Declaring that the policy has been so screwed up there is no reason to stay and have Americans die for what will be nothing at this point.

Tater Salad on October 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM

That he should. Our current ‘war’ is completely beyond winning now. It’s not his fault or the soldiers’ fault, but the responsible thing to do is end it…now.

MelonCollie on October 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Obama = Carter X 2
Carter gave Iran to Muslim extremists.
Obama gave Libya & Egypt to Muslim extremists.

Carter has the embassy fiasco in Iran. Obama had the embassy fiascoes in Libya and Egypt.

mydh12 on October 22, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Obama campaign today released an ad touting the troop drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan ahead of tonight’s foreign-policy debate.

It is a good political strategy and it works. I don’t think foreign policy will decide this election, but there are two danger spots for Romney on foreign policy and he needs to avoid them in this debate. They are:

(1)If Romney comes out in this debate and starts talking about staying in Afghanistan until we civilize what cannot be civilized (or at least not in my lifetime and costing a lot of money and lives) it is going to hurt him. The American people overwhelming want out of that place. It is no longer of strategic importance either. Lets be blunt, 9-11 occurred because we let the Islamic lunatics in this country in the first place, we continue to help Pakistan, who just funnels the money and help right back to the Taliban. Maybe if we stop helping Pakistan wage jihad all over the place, and did a better job screening Muslims (or stopping them all together) coming into the country would do more to protecting America than the entire U.S. military stationed in Afghanistan.

(2) If Romney comes out advocating we get involved in Syria. Syria is not of strategic or of political importance to the U.S. It is just a loser issue all around and our involvement will do little good in the middle of Shia-Sunni civil war, which is going to happen in the middle east (not just Syria) no matter what we do.

These are two loser issues that Romney must avoid. He is going to neutralize Obama’s failures in places like Libya and end up making it a wash when should be an easy victory for Romney.

For the love of god people, America’s future will not be decided in backward hellholes like Syria or Afghanistan.

William Eaton on October 22, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Wasn’t it Barry who increased the troops in Afghanistan?

Isn’t all the money being spent on the wars, borrowed money?
In other words – there is no “found” extra money available by stopping war funding.

We already have an army of unemployed waiting for jobs…

albill on October 22, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Oh, ok, so he starts an illegal war in Lybia, he screws big time there an now it’s time for healing and rebuilding over here…wow, it makes so much sense…

jimver on October 22, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Hitting the “we need to bring our troops back and start doing some nation-building at home” note that he’s struck several times throughout his presidency (which, by the way, helpfully implies that it’s somehow our defense budget that’s been bankrupting us rather than our entitlement spending

Did he include the part about Bush started these wars with no funding? He’s been in office for almost 4 years and we’re still there in Iraq and Afghanistan. We’re in Jordan and have sent drones everywhere else. Did he include these in his budget. Oh, wait…

Kissmygrits on October 22, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Wait, I thought he was just talking about starting another one in Syria very similar to the one he started in Libya?

I can’t even keep up with the lies anymore.

KMC1 on October 22, 2012 at 1:06 PM

War on drugs.
War on poverty.

What is the exit strategy for these wars?

JoeHanson on October 22, 2012 at 1:23 PM

This ad further demonstrates how weak Obozo wants to make us in the next 4 years. It should be more ammunition for Romney and the GOP.

All you have to do is look at the collection of photos in today’s Drudge Report home page – which show him bowing to various foreign leaders – to get a visual summary of what his foreign policy is all about.

God help us if we cannot kick this clown out of the White House.

OneVision on October 22, 2012 at 1:24 PM

What is the exit strategy for these wars?

JoeHanson on October 22, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Surrender to drug dealers and end the welfare state respectively.

MelonCollie on October 22, 2012 at 1:28 PM

So why hasn’t he done it?

Caiwyn on October 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM

What, you think he can do this on his own?

No the President is only allowed to START wars without Congressional approval, like he did with Libya.

To end a war he needs someone else to make that call so he can lead from behind.

I’m pretty sure he knows what he’s saying, he’s a Constitutional Law Scholar after all…

gekkobear on October 22, 2012 at 1:34 PM

I can’t even keep up with the lies anymore.

KMC1 on October 22, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Those aren’t lies they are substance of the rat-eared wonder’s foreign policy of destroy America first.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Those aren’t lies they are substance of the rat-eared wonder’s foreign policy of destroy America first.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2012 at 1:50 PM

This is why there are so many voters who don’t have a clue. It just wears you down. So much spin from so many sources, eventually people just throw their hands up and say “so what? My vote doesn’t matter” – which of course is exactly the desired effect.

KMC1 on October 22, 2012 at 2:45 PM

New Obama ad on war fatigue: It’s time to stop fighting over there, and start rebuilding here

…some JugEarred clown said that 4 years ago!

KOOLAID2 on October 22, 2012 at 8:15 PM