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AFGHANISTAN: Why credit Obama for payoffs?

Letter by Dan Mills, University Place on March 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm with 15 Comments »
March 26, 2012 1:32 pm

Re: “Survivors get big payouts” (TNT, 3-26):

Compensation of $50,000 for a death and $11,000 for an injury was paid in the shooting rampage by a rogue American soldier. According to the article, each family was told “that the money came from President Barack Obama.”

It’s unfortunate that the taxpayers received no credit for this act since the Afghans appear to be angry with the United States as a whole and not merely the president. It is disingenuous for the leader of the free world to take personal credit for the issuance of taxpayer-supplied funds. Perhaps this being an election year has some bearing.

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  1. Sour grapes.

  2. The real story is that US Representatives said nothing. What is being quoted is what the Afghans said themselves.
    “U.S. official confirmed on Sunday that payments had been made to victims but refused to discuss specifics.”

  3. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    Maybe as their first act of gratitude to the “0ne” they’ll erect a donkey dung effigy befitting of of him.

  4. Canadian Indians were told gifts came from their Great White Mother Across the Sea.

    American Indians were told gifts came from their Great White Father in the East.

    So what if the Blood Money paid to the Afghans was said to come from Our President, the results is that the Afghans no longer are calling for SSgt Bales to be handed over for Afghan Style Justice.

    A leader, any leader, is responsible for what those under him do or don’t do.

    So you civilians can go cry in the corner but this is one vet who knows Obama is a real leader, unlike the chicken hawks who dance and sing about bombing Iran.

  5. concernedtacoma7 says:

    First off, I highly doubt someone was told to say “this money is from our President”. A junior to mid-grade officer most likely made that call.

    Second, the pay-off does not equal respnosibility (xring).

    http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d07699.pdf

    Only have to read page 2.

  6. LornaDoone says:

    “Second, the pay-off does not equal respnosibility”

    So obsessed that there is a case of “nos” on the brain

  7. concernedtacoma7 says:

    While almost funny, you ignore substance in typical fashion.

  8. With two ridiculous letters on this issue, I can only guess that some commenter on a conspiracy theory site made this ignorant rant and it will be repeated ad nauseum.

  9. darlin buys it lock stock and barrel. Surprise!!

  10. “It is disingenuous for the leader of the free world to take personal credit”

    Since Obama didn’t say anything about the payments coming from him, he didn’t taek personal credit for them. End of story.

  11. averageJoseph says:

    Because it came from his “stash”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg98BvqUvCc&feature=related

  12. LornaDoone says:

    “With two ridiculous letters on this issue, I can only guess that some commenter on a conspiracy theory site made this ignorant rant and it will be repeated ad nauseum.”

    Obama was born in Kenya before he took credit.

  13. LornaDoone says:

    Why post that old youtube edited video when Alexandra Pelosi gave you so much more to work with, and it’s unedited?

    http://www.theroot.com/alexandra-pelosi-welfare-documentary-video

    Oh darn….she showed BOTH SIDES

    “I think I deserve food stamps, I have no unemployment”

  14. Lorna, I did a search and found (at least) three conservative blogs making the argument that Obama was personally taking credit, with people all incensed about that fact. Unfortunately, I also found blogs supporting the confessed killer, and saying Obama was wrong to apologize for the killings.

    I usually provide a link, but I won’t in this case, since people can look it up for themselves. I just don’t want to be responsible for giving those kinds of sites any more traffic.

  15. averageJoseph says:

    Because it still speaks volumes about the loyal followers… Larry.

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