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To Democrats the Military is nothing more than a political tool

by Jim Emerson,  staff writer

Former defense secretary Robert Gates harshly criticized the Obama Administration in his new book “Duty.” He exposes the “suspicion and distrust of senior military officers by senior White House officials — including the president and vice president.” (1) He notes that the Obama administration is composed of control freaks regarding national security policy. He opines that Mr. Obama’s “White House was by far the most centralized and controlling in national security of any I had seen since Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger ruled the roost.” He warned the Pentagon “don’t give the White House staff and [national security staff] too much information on military options. They don’t understand it, and ‘experts’ like Samantha Power will decide when we should move militarily.”  The White House has been panning military options in Libya without input from the military. Anyone familiar with the Vietnam War will see that Obama is following Lyndon Johnson’s roadmap to failure. Obama hasty retreat will most likely allow Iraq to become an al Qaeda Islamic Republic. 

“He Had Breached Faith with Me”
Obama sought to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy which lead to a few months of debates as to whether homosexuals should be permitted to openly serve in the military. Losing patience, Obama just decided to repeal the law without military input and before any details were worked out. The Obama White House cut defense spending without input from the Defense Secretary. Gates wrote “I felt that agreements with the Obama White House were good for only as long as they were politically convenient.” 

Other Democrat vindictive actions
Obama ordered the shutdown of the World War II monument as a sign of disrespect to the dwindling number of WWII veterans. The vindictive jackass wanted to make the sequester painful to gain the support of low (or NO) information voters. The Washington Mall was only open to illegal aliens, future Democrats, to attend pro-amnesty rallies. But for the brave souls who actually served this country only contempt was forthcoming from the public housing Kenyan and his enablers. The cut in military retirement and survivor benefits cost of living adjustment was most likely a political revenge on the vets who dared to tear down the barricades around the war memorials.

Mr. Obama and his democratic minions talk of honoring the troops, past and present, for their sacrifice and commitment to the country and yet they will march lock step to cut the defense and veteran’s budgets. Disdain for the armed forces is a rampant problem among democrats, including the vets in the democrat caucus. Talk is cheap and only actions reveal the truth. The left use the military as a back drop to impress uneducated, low information voters.

For the first time in modern history the American people are becoming the victims of sheer political vindictiveness, perpetrated by the Democratic Party.

Sources:

1.    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/robert-gates-former-defense-secretary-offers-harsh-critique-of-obamas-leadership-in-duty/2014/01/07/6a6915b2-77cb-11e3-b1c5-739e63e9c9a7_print.html
2.    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2535513/Former-defense-secretary-says-Hillary-Obama-admitted-staking-Iraq-policy-2008-presidential-campaign-based-election-politics.html
   

Vietnam’s Communists are learning a lesson about how economies really work

By Derrick Hollenbeck, staff writer

Sometime what you are selling is so awful and useless you can’t even give it away. The Communists who run Vietnam are learning this simple truth up front and personally. 

They are trying to get young people interested in learning all about the wonderful Communist system they live under but they are just not interested. They are so disinterested in what Marx, Lenin and Barack Obama’s hero Ho Chi Minh had to say that they will not use their precious college years studying their works; even free of charge. 

Last month Nguyen Tan Dung the head Red decreed that students pursuing a four year degree in Marxist Leninist economic theory could henceforth attend the Ho Chi Minh City Social and Human Sciences University, a state-run school, free of charge.

The reasons the little Commies are saying thanks but no thanks to free degrees in this foolishness would make the paisley dress, elbow patch crowd on American college campuses jump up and run out of the room.

While these American “Intellectual” nitwits are teaching students empty courses in useless feel goodism, the young people in Vietnam are saying they want to study only majors whose courses have real world value. They don’t want degrees in “Feminist Studies Black History” or “The Oppression of Minorities by the White Man.”        

They want to earn degrees in “…communications, tourism, international relations and English…. because [they] believe “they will have better chances of employment and better pay when they graduate…”

In recognition that ideology doesn’t cure diseases, the Vietnamese have also decreed free tuition for those students studying to cure tuberculosis and leprosy. Those not studying any of these new “approved” courses must pay approximately $200.00 per year for their degrees.  

Although Vietnam adopted a free-market economy more than 25 years ago its college students are still required to take a minimum of three courses in Communism. 

Getting a good paying job rather than studying a failed economic/political system is far more important to its young people (who make up more than 60% of its population) than being good little Reds. They’d never make at 90% of American colleges, but obviously they don’t care.  A female student summed it up saying, “They [courses in Communism] are just not applicable to my daily life.”

Source:  http://www.timesunion.com/news/world/article/Vietnam-offers-free-Marxism-degrees-to-draw-takers-4733890.php

The sad state called Afghanistan

by Jim Emerson,  staff writer

This week the Taliban said the transfer of U.S. and NATO led security operations to Afghan security forces was similar to America’s retreat from Vietnam by the “declaring victory and run” strategy. The Taliban just needed to learn a little American history to know about the Vietnamization Strategy where the US would train the Afghans to fight their own battles and allow American and NATO to withdrawal with honor. Like the North Vietnamese, the Taliban can already declare victory. Who can blame them with this Administration too busy kowtowing to the Muslim Brotherhood and doing nothing to Iran? Taliban leadership believe that history and time are on their side. (1)

History

American now is repeating the same mistakes the Soviet Union made during their incursion into Afghanistan and, as with the Soviets, no matter the effort expended to modernize the tribal nation it will always fail. Unless the Afghans themselves embrace the West and a better way of life, any effort to improve their own by showing them a better way is a waste of time, money and lives. The initial invasion into Afghanistan was a necessity to eliminate al Qaeda and their Taliban host. Unfortunately, it evolved into a war of choice and nation building. History has proved time and time again it has never worked. (2)

Déjà vu

Former British ambassador to MoscowRodric Braithwaite wrote that the Soviets military “rebuilt and constructed hundreds of schools, technical colleges, over 30 hospitals and a similar number of nursery schools, some 400 apartment buildings and 35 mosques,” and built a modern infrastructure. They were guarding military and civilian installations. As long as the Afghan puppet government was getting support they remained in power. Sound familiar? After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Afghanistan no longer had any outside support. After a series of uprisings the Taliban rose to power and all improvements the Soviets provided went to waste. It won’t take the 1st Century thugs   long to dismantle remaining Western efforts to make their lives easier.

Just like U.S. and NATO forces the Soviet military never lost an engagement to the insurgents but without support from the Afghan population they lost the war. As soon as the Russians withdrew, the country reverted to its quasi-Stone Age existence. It’s a history the Taliban know well and this Administration is too supercilious to acknowledge.

  1. 1.       http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/taliban-likens-us-afghan-role-vietnam-war-18111096#.UOTD3IPnaUm
  2. 2.       http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/world/asia/us-war-in-afghanistan-has-echoes-of-soviet-experience.html?_r=0
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