Mr. “I Won” said: during campaign – “This is a war we must WIN”; Now – “worried about using the word ‘VICTORY'” in Afghanistan

Mr. “Student of History” and the so-called greatest orator of our time has this to say about the war in Afghanistan:

“I’m always worried about using the word ‘victory,’ because, you know, it invokes this notion of Emperor Hirohitocoming down and signing a surrender to MacArthur,” Obama told ABC News.

On September 2, 1945, on the deck of the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay, the Japanese envoys Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and Gen. Yoshijiro Umezu signed their names on the Instrument of Surrender. The time was recorded as 4 minutes past 9 o'clock. Afterward, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Commander in the Southwest Pacific and Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, also signed. He accepted the Japanese surrender "for the United States, Republic of China, United Kingdom, and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and in the interests of the other United Nations at war with Japan." (H/T: Gateway Pundit)

On September 2, 1945, on the deck of the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay, the Japanese envoys Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and Gen. Yoshijiro Umezu signed their names on the Instrument of Surrender. (H/T: Gateway Pundit)

Aside from the fact that this self-proclaimed history buff is simply a buffoon —- Emporor Hirohito didn’t sign the surrender after WWII.

Further, as pointed out by a commenter at Gateway Pundit, the “great orator” used the word “invokes” where he should have used the word “evokes“!

(Goodness, I shudder to think if George Bush had done this — the liberals would have invoked a huge media frenzy evoking a notion of “dunce-in-chief”. )

But what did Obama actually mean by worrying about using the word victory?  I wasn’t sure and asked my husband ( a true history buff) what he thought…and he said (paraphrased) that Obama likely meant because of the nature of who we are fighting and the circumstances, we may not know exactly what “victory” looks like immediately or even for 5 to 10 years.  We would not see a leader signing surrender documents in the heart of Afghanistan, for example.

OK fair enough…makes sense at some level.  I would further argue that victory can be used in the context of securing the country, killing terrorists, and eliminating/reducing attacks on our troops and at home.    It doesn’t have to mean formal white flag, ship-signing salute…..

But that got me to thinking…if Obama TRULY believes that using the term “victory” is worrisome, then how come Obama himself declared during the campaign last July that “This is a war that we have to WIN”?  From Sweetness and Light:

Contending that the U.S. is not pursuing a sound strategy for keeping Americans safe, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Tuesday that fighting al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan would be his top priority after ending the war in Iraq.

“This is a war that we have to win,”Obama said in remarks prepared for delivery at the International Trade Center in Washington.

So what kind of dumb-fuddled psychology is it that Obama has used to declare we MUST “win” the war in Afghanistan, but for that same war in the present time he worries about using the term “victory“?

My take?

Now that Obama is no longer in campaign mode with a need to “moderate” his rhetoric, we have the Obama-American-Apologist persona rearing its ugly head in his inability to talk about a victory in Afghanistan….even while the lives of American men and women are at stake over there….the same brave Americans who believe their mission is VICTORY!  

The troops and Americans here at home believe we can be victorious in our fight against terrorists advancing their agenda in Afghanistan, in efforts to secure the country, in eliminating attacks against our mainland and more…..there is always victory to be had at some level….why is that so hard to say?  Especially for a American President?

And just so you know….I looked up the official definitions of win and victory, both words Obama used….They are almost interchangeable in various forms and mean essentially the same thing…..

From Merriam-Webster:

Victory:  1 : the overcoming of an enemy or antagonist 2 : achievement of mastery or success in a struggle or endeavor against odds or difficulties

Win: 2b:to be the victor in <won the war> 1: to gain the victory in a contest

Now  think back to a few days after inauguration when Obama met with Republicans to talk about tax policy.  From Fox News (my emphasis):

During his private meeting with congressional Democrats and Republicans on Friday, President Obama ended a philosophical debate over tax policy with the simple declaration that his opinion prevailed because “I WON.”

I guess when you are a narcissistic, inexperienced, egotistical American Presidential Apologist it isn’t so worrisome to declare “victory” when referring to yourself.


One Response

  1. I think your husband is a smart dude…

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