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.