Here is Byron York discussing the phenomenon regarding Democrats former support of the Afghan war and their new found opposition to the war:
“There isn’t any doubt that Afghanistan has been neglected,” said chief Obama rival — and now Secretary of State — Hillary Clinton at a debate in April 2008. “It has not gotten the resources that it needs.”
Other top Democrats adopted the get-tough approach, at least when it came time to campaign. In September 2006, as she was leading the effort that would result in Democrats taking over the House and her becoming speaker, Rep. Nancy Pelosi said George W. Bush “took his eye off the ball” in Afghanistan. “We had a presence over there the past few years, but not to the extent that we needed to get the job done,” Pelosi said. The phrase “took his eye off the ball” became a Democratic mantra about the supposed neglect of Afghanistan — a situation that would be remedied by electing ready-to-fight Democrats.
But now, with Democrats in charge of the entire U.S. government and George Bush nowhere to be found, Pelosi and others in her party are suddenly very, very worried about U.S. escalation in Afghanistan. “There is serious unrest in our caucus,” the speaker said recently. There is so much unrest that Democrats who show little concern about the tripling of already-large budget deficits say they’re worried about the rising cost of the war.
It is in that atmosphere that Obama makes his West Point speech. He had to make certain promises to get elected. Unlike some of his supporters, he has to remember those promises now that he is in office. So he is sending more troops. But he still can’t tell the truth about so many Democratic pledges to support the war in Afghanistan: They didn’t mean it.
This is not new for Democrats and their expectations of thier own leaders. When George W. Bush says "God Bless America", they claim he is conversing with Jehovah in the back room and is mixing church and state. When Obama quotes scripture endlessly in his speeches, they consider it poetic and grandiliquent, but after a lengthy analysis of his Church going habits, most Americans accepted the idea that he spent twenty years in a church that he either wasn't listening, didn't care, or was there to conduct business rather than get in touch with his creator....in essence he "didn't mean it".
If anyone doubts that, let's see what his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright thinks of him; the man that should understand Obama's inner most moral virtues and vices:
WRIGHT: What I mean is what several of my white friends and several of my white, Jewish friends have written me and said to me. They've said, "You're a Christian. You understand forgiveness. We both know that, if Senator Obama did not say what he said, he would never get elected."
Politicians say what they say and do what they do based on electability, based on sound bites, based on polls, Huffington, whoever's doing the polls. Preachers say what they say because they're pastors. They have a different person to whom they're accountable.
As I said, whether he gets elected or not, I'm still going to have to be answerable to God November 5th and January 21st. That's what I mean. I do what pastors do. He does what politicians do.
I am not running for office. I am hoping to be vice president.
When Obama says he opposes gay marriage,...where is Hollywood?
Oh, yeah...? ..."He didn't mean it"
When he tells America I won't raise taxes,..
When he says he won't cut medicare,...
When he says he will get tough with Iran if negotiations don't work...
The lie runs deep to the center of the New Left. In the 1970s, when a leftist had a T shirt that said War is never the answer, you could debate them on the silliness of the statement and the leftists nearly always found refuge in the admission that if US soil were attacked as it was at Pearl Harbor, we would fight back and they would support such a war. Sometimes they would even exclaim that they would gladly join the military and shoot 'em up. This scenario seemed quite unlikely to them since they labored under the misconception that only a suicidal lunatic would attack a nuclear power like the US.
Well, 911 called their bluff. The psychological meltdown in the minds of many on the left pushed them into a fantasy world of denial and lies. Some brave souls admitted that they had been wrong. Most on the left proved what their 30 year old promises had been meant to cover up and that is that they are really narcissistic, self absorbed cowards. Did Democrats run to the recruiting centers? hardly. Polls show that since 911, about 12% of the military is made up of Democrats. The Ivy league and the Northeast are dramatically under represented. We were attacked and they did not support it. Some did for the moment, but the Nutroots opposed Afghanistan from the outset. And what good is a temporary support of our troops. That was part of the debate too, remember? Supporters of the war said, "If we are going to war, it can't be a momentary support, we must support our troops fully if we send them".
These questions need answers:
Were hippies motivated by cowardice in the 1960s and 1970s?
Do Democrats really lack the sincerity and backbone to protect this country?
Is Obama lying now when he says in 18 months he will base his decisions on "conditions on the ground"?
I think the answer to all three of those questions is "YES". If the answer is yes, Democrats have forfeited their ability to lead.
The difference between the Dems and the GOP is Reagan said trust the common sense of the common man in America and give Americans the right to make the choices in their lives that are best for them. The Democrats believe they are members of an elite that needs to deceive the dumber yokels that are not in on the big secret.
When Obama promises something in a speech, they look to each other knowingly and say, "Don't worry, he doesn't mean it."
What congressman Joe Wilson said regarding the statement Obama made about whether Illegal Aliens would be covered by his Health care plan, Wilson was almost bodily removed from the chamber for making a true statement, considering Illegals are still in the bill. What was Wilson's crime? When the Democrats all turned to each other and nodded, "He's lying ya know, and a damn good liar he is",...Joe Wilson committed the crime of saying out loud what every person in that room, especially the Democrats, was saying to themselves. Wilson's crime was airing Washington's dirty laundry, its trade secrets to the common folks.
They all like the lies, as long as you and I never know.