As Republicans Attack Obama’s Foreign Policy, the American Legion Cheers The President

President Obama addresses American Legion 2014

Contrary to what Republicans are trying to sell, President Obama’s foreign policy drew cheers as he addressed the American Legion’s 96th convention in Charlotte.


President Obama said,

Now, sustaining our leadership, keeping America strong and secure, means we have to use our power wisely. History teaches us of the dangers of overreaching, and spreading ourselves too thin, and trying to go it alone without international support, or rushing into military adventures without thinking through the consequences. And nobody knows this better than our veterans and our families — our veteran families, because you’re the ones who bear the wages of war. You’re the ones who carry the scars. You know that we should never send America’s sons and daughters into harm’s way unless it is absolutely necessary and we have a plan, and we are resourcing it and prepared to see it through. (Applause.) You know the United States has to lead with strength and confidence and wisdom.

And that’s why, after incredible sacrifice by so many of our men and women in uniform, we removed more than 140,000 troops from Iraq and welcomed those troops home. It was the right thing to do. It’s why we refocused our efforts in Afghanistan and went after al Qaeda’s leadership in the tribal regions in Afghanistan and Pakistan, driving the Taliban out of its strongholds, and training Afghan forces, which are now in the lead for their own security. In just four months, we will complete our combat mission in Afghanistan and America’s longest war will come to a responsible end. And we honor every American who served to make this progress possible — (applause) — every single one, especially the more than 2,200 American patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan to keep us safe.

And now, as Afghans continue to work towards the first democratic transfer of power in their history, Afghan leaders need to make the hard compromises that are necessary to give the Afghan people a future of security and progress. And as we go forward, we’ll continue to partner with Afghans so their country can never again be used to launch attacks against the United States. (Applause.)

Now, as I’ve always made clear, the blows we’ve struck against al Qaeda’s leadership don’t mean the end to the terrorist threat. Al Qaeda affiliates still target our homeland — we’ve seen that in Yemen. Other extremists threaten our citizens abroad, as we’ve seen most recently in Iraq and Syria. As Commander-in-Chief, the security of the American people is my highest priority, and that’s why, with the brutal terrorist group ISIL advancing in Iraq, I have authorized targeted strikes to protect our diplomats and military advisors who are there. (Applause.)

And let me say it again: American combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq. I will not allow the United States to be dragged back into another ground war in Iraq. Because ultimately, it is up to the Iraqis to bridge their differences and secure themselves. (Applause.) The limited strikes we’re conducting have been necessary to protect our people, and have helped Iraqi forces begin to push back these terrorists. We’ve also been able to rescue thousands of men and women and children who were trapped on a mountain. And our airdrops of food and water and medicine show American leadership at our best. And we salute the brave pilots and crews who are making us proud in the skies of Iraq every single day. (Applause.)

And more broadly, the crisis in Iraq underscores how we have to meet today’s evolving terrorist threat. The answer is not to send in large-scale military deployments that overstretch our military, and lead for us occupying countries for a long period of time, and end up feeding extremism. Rather, our military action in Iraq has to be part of a broader strategy to protect our people and support our partners to take the fight to ISIL.

The reception that the president received at the American Legion is interesting when contrasted with the Republican reaction to Obama’s foreign policy. The people who know the horrors of war most intimately are the ones who are supporting a policy of not sending ground troops back to Iraq.

There is a reason why the president’s pledge not to send ground troops back in draws applause from each audience that it is delivered to. The American people are tired of war, specifically war in the Middle East. Republicans and their media lapdogs have been labeling President Obama’s foreign policy a failure, but judged by the criteria of what the majority of Americans say they want, it has been a success. Most people wanted the troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan. This is exactly what Obama has done.

The Republican definition of foreign policy success is a continuation of George W. Bush’s all war all of the time view of the world. Republicans are still trying to vindicate the invasion of Iraq. Their claim of Obama foreign policy failure is flavored with a refusal to admit their own failures and defeats.

It is telling that those who have a personal understanding of war cheered President Obama’s foreign policy.

42 Replies to “As Republicans Attack Obama’s Foreign Policy, the American Legion Cheers The President”

  1. It wont make a difference to the blood gurgling sociopaths and their media enablers. They want their war and by golly it will be your BLOOD AND TREASURE that pays the butchers bill.
    Just vote

  2. Attack is all they will do.They have no new idead and are running for re-election campaigning as the party of of ideas.

  3. Wow…Brilliant PBO Speech!
    What a hard-row he’s had to hoe…
    Send him your thoughts/prayers/strength!

  4. Republicans have lost the veterans, and military vote. A voting block that would normally vote republican. It’s another factor in why I keep saying the GOP will be tossed out this November.

  5. I think Obama has about HAD IT with the War Hawks who want to goad and push him into escalating with boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria (although they claim that’s not what they want), but they shamelessly call him all kinds of names, insinuating that he doesn’t have the mettle for a fight (Whaaaat? !!). See they want a fight, again, to prove what? For What? The f-ing ISIS will self destruct, and we will do what we got to do (shhhhhh) and when their leaders start dropping like flies (drone attack) the head of the serpent will certainly cause this group to fade in time. And not only drones, I have a feeling that there are other little nasty plans being worked on right now. (Shhhhhh). But McCain, Lindsey, Ralph Peters, Hannity and the howling mouths at FOX and elsewhere in Congress will continue to not back our President but try to criticize, mock, disparage in the most vile manner. Obama will ignore them and stay the course….his results will be better than theirs.

  6. What speech were you watching. There was not much more than a few hand claps. Cheering? I don’t think so.
    Have to take off the uniform to be a veteran? He has no idea whatsoever what it means to be a veteran. His speech was pretty much insulting to vets. Yes, I am one. When that first shot is fired at you, you are then a veteran.

  7. LOL, nice try. It was a small group

    He doesnt have to know what it is to be a vet, his job is to protect America and he appreciates the vets.

    Fuck off

  8. Paul, I am a vet. I don’t believe that you are one. Any politician that tries to make our lives better deserves our respect. This is the first POTUS since Clinton who has given a damn.

  9. After 20 years of service…our current commander in chief is out of touch. LtCol North got standing ovations (3 by my count). Our president received none, any applause, was out of politeness. We are soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines; we respect the office.

    And for those that resort to profanity or curse words…show respect.

  10. The topic of discussion was the president’s speech and perception of cheering. LtCol North was there, he got the cheers. The current commander in chief is out of touch.
    As an aside from the topic and although initially convicted, “North’s convictions were reversed. After further hearings on the immunity issue, Judge Gesell dismissed all charges against North on September 16, 1991.”–Wikipedia
    Let’s all have a good life…

  11. How is he out of touch? I know you are just repeating what you hear, but the speech he gave was on spot.

    North sold drugs and arms to the wrong people. He got pardoned yes, but it was political. Still a criminal evidenced by his concerts with Hannity where they kept the money meant for soldiers kids education

  12. So and seeing that you are a bagger how did you feel when your codpiece boy let our fellow Vets wallow in their own piss and shit at Walter Reed? How did you feel when republicans didn’t fully fund the VA? And you call the President out of touch. Evidently you don’t get out of that fox bubble of yours but I will try to help. You can read cant you?
    Veterans: President Obama Has Stood By Us

    Overall, Obama Has Done More For Veterans Than Any President In the Past 30 Years.

    “Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand.” ~-Atticus Finch, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

  13. Selling weapons to the same terrorists who held Americans hostage, is still the truth. Anyone who would support him after that, can still claim to be an American, but the facts don’t match the rhetoric.

  14. if you’re a Black male in America, are you a veteran after the police shoot at you?

    I’m a retired officer and 100% disabled vet.

  15. Sam if you are basing your facts on Wikipedia, you need to return back to class. Anyone with a brain and knowledge knows that the source is unreliable. Why? Because the information given is not entirely factual. What may start with a facsimile of factual information becomes corrupted as the site allows anyone to change or rearrange the information as they see fit. That’s what makes it an unreliable source. Don’t believe it, try any college or university using it for research or writing papers and see the first thing they will tell you, its not reliable, not close to being a scholarly source, and you’ll be laughed out of class. I hate to say it, if that’s all you got as a source, I actually feel sorry for you. Besides, Ole Ollie was a decent Marine until he overstepped his bounds and caught with his hands in the cookie Jar, He might have had his conviction overturned, but that still doesn’t make him innocent. You can believe you me, it was probably overturned due to political reas…

  16. He’s black/white that’s all it amounts too. I’m sure the president would have dropped out of the race if he could seen what was to come. The jack assholes have been coming up with wildest bullshit excuses 5 weeks after he was inaugurated.

  17. The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.
    So more or less a social club

    Compare that to the VFW Veterans of Foreign wars

  18. The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans’ pension for them,and they were left to care for themselves.

    In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000.

    Since then, the VFW’s voice had been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI bill for the 20th century, the development of the national cemetery system and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome.

  19. Continue: So the VFW actually fights for Veteran’s rights while the American Legion marches in parades.

    Go to any legion post and while we celebrate their service is a nothing more than a bunch of old men who watches fox. For them to even invite the convicted criminal to speak is a crime unto itself. That’s why that organization is slowly dying.

  20. That is just an ignorant statement, “The GOP doesn’t care about people.” And it’s highly offensive! Republicans don’t go at the issues in the same way but they do care about people because they are ALSO people from all socioeconomic groups. Republicans believe “teach a man to fish” and believe in the dignity of that and of human life. Democrats believe in taxing people and taking what they’ve earned to give fish away to people to whom they condescend and treat as if they aren’t capable of providing or earning their own way, thus, taking away those individuals’ basic human rights of dignity. Republicans out-give Democrats charitably, and yes, this is through actual donations of their money, whether through religious or non-religious groups. Republicans don’t believe that is the job of the government but the right and privilege of people to give out the goodness of their hearts…because we believe in the goodness of the human heart, not the forced charity of taxes.

  21. What this has to do with is the comment to which I replied, not the article. You might ask what that comment had to do with the article. “The GOP doesn’t care about people.” And why must you bring race into it with your picture? And, why would you quote Al Jezeera? And you think all Republicans are rich….that’s funny!

    My reply to the article is that it is slanted right from the headline. Obama didn’t get a roaring round of applause from his audience. He has slapped our military in the face. Look at the V.A. Look at how veterans are treated and mistreated. Obama has the ability to change things for the better and he hasn’t. I don’t give a rip about party, truthfully. I’m an American….I care about that no matter color, creed, or party. Who will stand up for that? We need to unite and stop all this party disparity. I just won’t stand for the defaming of a group in a general way. We are individuals, we are Americans, we need to stand as such.

  22. Good gracious you are really stuck on stupid. Lets go back into the wayback machine. Who started the wars that caused the influx of VETS? Who cut the funding to the VA ? Now I know this may be hard for your bagger brain to digest but if you caused the influx of Vets that need to treated for a war of choice and then you turn around and cut their funding WTF do you expect would happen?

    For your information bagger the VA has improved under Obama. How do I know? Because I am a disabled Vet who uses the VA system unlike you who don’t know WTF you are talking about other than what fox tells you how to think. You can rag on Al Jezeera all you want because that’s what you stupid people do instead of debating what David Kay Johnson have to say. And trust old ignorant one he knows more about tax policy than your kindergarten talking points that you throw up in here like they are gospel.

  23. ROFL!! Cheers? Wild enthusiasm? Hardly. Just calculated emotion points that barely got off the ground. Sympathy for Jim Foley? How about sending a representative to his memorial mass? How about one rep for General Greene’s funeral, the first general killed in decades? On his watch? And when, when will he stop the stupid “blame Bush” whine that the operation in Iraq, supported by Dems and Repubs, was responsible for ISIS extremism?

  24. I tried to post on your last reply but it wouldn’t let me. I am really disappointed at your name calling and hateful speech. I was willing to have a reasonable debate about this but you took it to a lower level in which I won’t participate. If you read my post you would see that I am for unity as Americans and I refuse to be caught up in groups that fight each other as if it were a high school football game…root for the home team. I truly believe it’s time to come together and share peacefully and listen. I’m very willing or I wouldn’t have engaged in this conversation. It’s a sad day when we as Americans cannot exchange ideas without name calling and insults. I thank you for your service to this country. My chosen charity is Wounded Warriors. I hope you receive the benefits and care you need and I gladly give my tax dollars for that. My family has a military history and I have the highest respect for individuals who serve. I wish you peace.

  25. Another fox idiot who doesn’t know wtf he is talking about. Although neither President Obama nor Vice President Joe Biden attended Gen. Greene’s funeral, a high-ranking Obama administration official was present. As the military publication Stars and Stripes noted in its reporting of the funeral, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel attended the ceremony and met with Greene’s family:

    I didn’t recall Bush sent anyone to Daniel Pearls funeral. Oh you do remember him don’t you? Idiot

  26. Then don’t spread lies and we can have a reasonable debate. I am sick and tired of you American Taliban lie and lie and don’t expect to be call out on it. I aint Dancin Dave Gregory who let you people lie I will call you out and if you are offended? Let me put it this way I don’t give a damn

  27. So you admit Bush is responsible for ISIS? Good, that’s a start to getting better. ISIS and their best friend McCain started in Iraq because the head nut handpicked by Herr Bush never opened the government up to Sunni’s like he was supposed to.

    Greens funeral was attended by Military representatives as should be.

  28. How can any one who has actually been in combat suggest we continue an unwinnable war? Or were you actually in combat?

    Besides that, the Iraqis do not want our troops in their country. Shall I repeat that so you hawks can understand? THEIR country. Especially since we had absolutely NO business being there in the first place.

  29. NORTH??? Are you stuck in a time warp or something? Vastly different circumstances, and surely you must know that.

    I also have to question your statement that the President is out of touch. In poll after poll the American people have shown that the President is in touch with THEM. And that’s all that matters.

  30. Bush gets the blame because he deserves it, dimwit! That has to be the stupidest argument I have ever heard and I’m SICK of it.

  31. This is to Djchefron. The wingerbagger needs to explain why the GOP on capitol hill were going in and changing certain stuff on Wiki last week. How do we surmise it was the GOOPERS, simple, just look at the data that was screwed with. Baggers are the dumbest insects on the planet. I say that with a heavy heart,as my brother has lost his mind in 2010 and is an all out Liptonite now.

  32. Explain? You don’t need no stinken explanation.
    All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.

    Adolf Hitler

  33. Not veterns: Bush, Cheney, Romney (nor any of his 5 sons), Limbaugh, Nugent, Rumsfeld, Condi Rice, Graham, yet they had no problems sending other people to die. I’m not a vetern either, but I contribute to the DAV. How much have these guys done for our troops?

  34. We blame Bush because it was his fault. He lied to the World when he said Saddam had WMD’s and had something to do with 9-11. That is why Congress supported him. Unlike Republicans, even if Democrats don’t personally like the Republican president, they try to cooperate with them. That is a lesson the Republicans never learn. We’re all Americans what is it about that that they don’t understand!

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