John Fanning: Obama’s political calculations |

John Fanning: Obama’s political calculations

John Fanning

Our campaigner-in-chief has struck again – two times!

First, a strictly political tactic and not a military one. He broadcast to our enemy the time frame for removing 33,000 military personnel from harm’s way. Second, the bulk of this withdrawal is scheduled for September 2012, two months before the election. Seriously, does anyone think this decision has anything to do with what is happening on the ground in a combat zone? Will this put our fighting men and women in harm’s way? This campaign tactic is irresponsible and reckless.

Second, after the price of a barrel of oil has dropped 15 percent and gas 5 percent in the last few days, the same man who in 2008 said the oil reserves should not be utilized except for a calamity or extreme emergency, is releasing 30 million barrels from our strategic reserves. What is the emergency? Is it his poll ratings? Thirty million barrels will last about a day and a half. Seriously, does anyone think this decision is anything but political?

Yes, he has struck again – two times! How many strikes does he get? Hopefully, he will strike out in November of 2012.

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