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Obama Not Interested in Being Commander-In-Chief

 

Unreported until the final weeks of his second term was President George W. Bush’s commitment to the families of fallen troops. He took his job as commander of the armed forces seriously, and in a December, 2008 interview with the Washington Times said, “I do get a little emotional because it’s – I’m genuine when I say I’ll miss being the commander in chief. I am in awe of our military. And I hold these folks in great respect. And I also sincerely appreciate the sacrifices that their families make.”

And he wasn’t just saying that. For most of the seven years following the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush and Vice President Cheney made it their mission to console the families of fallen soldiers and to encourage and uplift those who returned from Afghanistan and Iraq wounded.

To that end, Bush wrote personal letters to the families of every single one of the more than 4,000 troops who died in the service of their country under his watch. He also met in person with more than 500 of these families, and with nearly a thousand wounded vets.

All this took an incredible amount of time and emotional endurance — and it was done privately, out of a sense of duty, without any expectation of political gain. 

In terms of serving out his role as commander-in-chief, President Bush set the standard high. And President Obama has entirely failed to meet it. Gateway Pundit today reported that,

For the past several years – since at least 2009 – and possibly throughout his term, Barack Obama has sent the same form letter to the parents of all fallen soldiers, Marines and Navy SEALs.

As a Ricochet Member (who must remain anonymous due to his job in the government) commented on this scandal, “Obama is more interested in the fantasy of a 100,000-strong army of math and science teachers than the real military we have now.”

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  1. Profile photo of liberal jim Inactive

    There is no doubt Bush is a fine, moral, kind person and certainly a better CIC than Obama. That, I might point out is a pretty low bar. However, the effectiveness of a commander is not how many personal letters he writes to families of the KIA, but how many are not killed because of his incompetence and what is accomplished by the deaths of the ones who are. When Bush took office we were at war, but he like his predecessor was unaware of it and spent little effort discovering how vulnerable the country was until 9/11. After that he was more attentive, but decided to start a ground war in Afghanistan and relied on and used faulty intelligence to do the same in Iraq. I have yet to hear anyone explain why fighting ground wars in the middle east would be an effective strategy for fighting terrorist. Competence not compassion is the criteria that should be used in judging how good a CIC is and Bush does not measure up when that criteria is used.

    • #2
    • October 11, 2012 at 5:19 am
  2. Profile photo of AUMom Member

    Nor has President Bush stopped welcoming troops home, visiting VA hospitals, or saluting our folks in service. He does it quietly and graciously, which speaks louder than any speech.

    • #3
    • October 11, 2012 at 5:43 am
  3. Profile photo of Steven M. Member

    Obama’s disregard for his fellow human beings continues to astound me.

    • #4
    • October 11, 2012 at 5:48 am
  4. Profile photo of Vance Richards Member

    With Mail Merge, the President can keep sending troops overseas indefinitely.

    A question: If Obama is re-elected, would you want your child to enlist in the military?

    • #5
    • October 11, 2012 at 5:49 am
  5. Profile photo of David Williamson Member

    This shouldn’t come as a great surprise – his goal is to “Fundamentally Transform America” – Commander in Chief is a necessary evil until that transformation is achieved.

    • #6
    • October 11, 2012 at 5:54 am
  6. Profile photo of Yeah...ok. Member

    Well, at least Michelle is finally proud of America now.

    Bush never took the time to fill out a NCAA hoop bracket.

    • #7
    • October 11, 2012 at 6:05 am
  7. Profile photo of John Murdoch Member

    In 1940 my grandparents took in a little girl evacuated from London to escape the Nazi bombing. After she returned (as she has put it ever since, “leaving home to return to England”) my grandparents received a handwritten letter from the Queen.

    Mail-merged, robo-signed form letters. A. Pall. Ing.

    • #8
    • October 11, 2012 at 6:13 am
  8. Profile photo of Pilli Member

    During the 1960’s our troops were held in very low esteem. Witness the things done to returning Viet Nam soldiers.

    Obama was tutored by 60’s radicals. Neither he nor they have ever outgrown those 60’s radical beliefs.

    • #9
    • October 11, 2012 at 6:15 am
  9. Profile photo of Foxfier Inactive
    AUMom: Nor has President Bush stopped welcoming troops home, visiting VA hospitals, or saluting our folks in service. He does it quietly and graciously, which speaks louder than any speech. · 31 minutes ago

    I was going to point this out, too.

    I remember when he got “caught” doing it– refused to talk to the reporter, and just kept at it.

    • #10
    • October 11, 2012 at 6:17 am
  10. Profile photo of Western Chauvinist Member

    I can forgive the naivete, foolishness, and smug sanctimoniousness of the Obama voters right up until I remember the betrayal of our troops his election was. Then, I’m so ashamed of them, I can’t stand to look at them. His callousness toward the troops and politicization of their mission was totally predictable. Shame!

    • #11
    • October 11, 2012 at 6:27 am
  11. Profile photo of Valiuth Member

    liberal jim: How exactly are we to fight these extremists if not by directly engaging them and their state sponsors? This engagement must ultimately require some sort of physical presence in the areas where they operate. How would we have routed Alqueda from Afghanistan without sending actual troops in? How do you keep them from reforming without keeping a physical presence there. 

    Our drones can’t try to build local allies, protect civilians, and encourage the development of a civil society that can become inoculated against such groups. Perhaps we should not try to reshape these nations and people into something better, for certainly it has proven very difficult and costly. But, do we really think there is another solution other than the hard one? Do we just play an endless game of drone wack-a-mole, while these groups slowly take political power. 

    I guess we could let them achieve statehood and then go in and just lay waste to what ever nation they have managed to infect and leave, but we aren’t really that kind of people. 

    • #12
    • October 11, 2012 at 6:51 am
  12. Profile photo of J. D. Fitzpatrick Member

    I wonder if he has bought into the leftist idea that people in power view soldiers as canon fodder for oil companies and has just chosen to act this way because he doesn’t think anyone will notice the difference. 

    As I was becoming conservative, I remember being surprised to find that conservatives showed more genuine care for people than the leftists who professed so much love for humanity. 

    • #13
    • October 11, 2012 at 6:54 am
  13. Profile photo of Western Chauvinist Member
    J. D. Fitzpatrick: I wonder if he has bought into the leftist idea that people in power view soldiers as canon fodder for oil companies and has just chosen to act this way because he doesn’t think anyone will notice the difference. 

    As I was becoming conservative, I remember being surprised to find that conservatives showed more genuine care for people than the leftists who professed so much love for humanity. · 2 minutes ago

    As Prager likes to say, the Left loves humanity. It’s people they’re not too fond of.

    • #14
    • October 11, 2012 at 7:00 am
  14. Profile photo of Kervinlee Member

    I can’t wait until that sociopath is swept from office (God willing). He makes me sick to my stomach.

    • #15
    • October 11, 2012 at 7:52 am
  15. Profile photo of Johnny Dubya Member

    This is the kind of thing a man normally learns from his father.

    George Herbert Walker Bush. Barack Hussein Obama, Sr.

    ‘Nuff said.

    • #16
    • October 11, 2012 at 8:18 am
  16. Profile photo of Keith Preston Member
    David Williamson: This shouldn’t come as a great surprise – his goal is to “Fundamentally Transform America” – Commander in Chief is a necessary evil until that transformation is achieved. · 2 hours ago

    I think he’s gunning for Sith Lord.

    • #17
    • October 11, 2012 at 8:23 am
  17. Profile photo of liberal jim Inactive

    Valiuth: Engaging and some sort of physical presence does not equal land war. You are not seriously saying that Afghanistan and Iraq are success stories?

    Why would any one want to rout Al Qaeda when killing is much more effective?

    Who wants to reshape nations when scaring them into doing the right thing will suffice? One can easily do this by targeting their leaders. Remember they are supporting terrorists and lose all protection under international law.

    It appears to me the Bush/Obama approach has created and international game of wack-a-mole.

    Al Quaeda has proclaimed this a religious war. There are many radical masques who are supporting them. Why haven’t any of these masques been targeted? In a religious war they are certainly legitimate targets.

    Using special forces, drones and actually fighting a war instead of sending thousand of troops to the mid east under extremely restrictive rules of engagement to be little more than targets will be effective. We will still be fighting for several decades, however the cost in lives and money will be far less. 

    • #18
    • October 11, 2012 at 8:59 am
  18. Profile photo of Valiuth Member

    Dear Sir or Madam:

    I regret the loss of your son, daughter, or transgendered child in the service of their unexceptional nation in a kinetic engagement to reprimand the generators of man caused disasters. Know that in memory of your loved one I am working to under fund and abolish the Army responsible for your child’s death. To give you comfort and inspiration I have included a movie poster sized portrait of the 2009 Noble Peace Prize winner

    I hope that my words were able to bring you a small semblance of closure, and I ask that you will continue to show your support of your nation by donating to my reelection campaign. 

    Sincerely, 

    Barack “The One” Hussein Obama.

    …or so I assume his condolence letter might go….

    • #19
    • October 11, 2012 at 9:15 am
  19. Profile photo of Arahant Member
    Valiuth: Dear Sir or Madam:

    I regret the loss of your son, daughter, or transgendered child in the service of their unexceptional nation in a kinetic engagement to reprimand the generators of man caused disasters. Know that in memory of your loved one I am working to under fund and abolish the Army responsible for your child’s death. To give you comfort and inspiration I have included a movie poster sized portrait of the 2009 Noble Peace Prize winner

    I hope that my words were able to bring you a small semblance of closure, and I ask that you will continue to show your support of your nation by donating to my reelection campaign. 

    Sincerely, 

    Barack “The One” Hussein Obama.

    …or so I assume his condolence letter might go…. · 12 minutes ago

    Edited 9 minutes ago

    The sad part is how believable your parody is.

    • #20
    • October 11, 2012 at 9:41 am
  20. Profile photo of Troy Senik Editor

    Many of you probably know that in the Bush White House five minutes early was considered 10 minutes late. It was, simply put, the most punctual workplace that I’ve ever encountered. The president never ran behind schedule.

    On Veterans’ Day 2008, I was with the president in New York City, where he was delivering a speech at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum as part of the facility’s re-opening. I never saw this kind of change in scheduling happen before or after, but we departed New York to return to Washington nearly four hours late that day — because the President ignored his agenda and spent that time with service members and their family after the official ceremony.

    • #21
    • October 11, 2012 at 9:55 am
  21. Profile photo of Michael Cham Inactive

    I remember a video of President Bush welcoming back troops from the Middle East. It wasn’t during his term and it was done with little fanfare. I have much affection for Dubya.

    With regard to Liberal Jim, I do agree with you here:

    liberal jim: There is no doubt Bush is a fine, moral, kind person and certainly a better CIC than Obama.

    I have noticed somewhat of a trend where more and more liberals seem to be able to speak well of President Bush, followed by a litany of criticisms, of course. But still…

    • #22
    • October 11, 2012 at 10:31 am
  22. Profile photo of DocJay Member

    The man despises patriotism and patriots. No other reason makes sense to me.

    • #23
    • October 11, 2012 at 11:09 am
  23. Profile photo of dittoheadadt Member
    Yeah…ok.: Well, at least Michelle is finally proud of America now.

    Bush never took the time to fill out a NCAA hoop bracket. · 17 hours ago

    Oh, I’m sure he did. But unlike the pathological narcissist, Bush never thought his picks were newsworthy.

    • #24
    • October 11, 2012 at 11:29 am
  24. Profile photo of Valiuth Member

    Liberal Jim: You make good points, but I think you may fail to realize that we can not just drop soldiers into a theater without support. Where is that support going to come from. The locals? Often times their as a treacherous as our enemies, or they are scared of helping us because of the consequences.

    In the regions where Al queda operates Governments are non-existent. If there is any governance it is weak. Our support and aid is probably the only thing keeping them up. 

    Once our physical presence leaves the region I think you will find that it will be harder for us to deploy special forces. I mean We got Bin Laden by sending in troops from our Afghan bases. Do you think Pakistan would have let us get him otherwise? Once we leave Afghanistan we have said good bye to that whole region. And if we have to come back again (and I think we will) we will discover that we have to once again start building from the ground up. 

    • #25
    • October 12, 2012 at 2:38 am
  25. Profile photo of liberal jim Inactive
    Valiuth: Liberal Jim:

    In the regions where Al queda operates Governments are non-existent. If there is any governance it is weak. Our support and aid is probably the only thing keeping them up. 

    The Taliban was firmly in control and supported Al Qaeda. Bush’s “freedom agenda” necessitated the replacement of the government so we could build a new nation.

    Killing OBL could have been easily accomplished using Drones or a cruise missile.

    Drones can be deployed form sea based platforms or bombers. I agree it is more difficult and less effective. But the strategy of deploying large amounts of troops that have sustained 2000 deaths means losing the support of the American people. We will retreat from Afghanistan as we did from Iraq because the wars cannot be sustained politically.

    Al Qaeda’s primary problem is getting in the vicinity of Americans. When you deploy large numbers you solve that problem for him. OBL said that one of the reasons for 9/11 was to provoke the US into deploying troops to the mid east.

    Bush made several bad strategic decision that cost the country military lives.

    • #26
    • October 12, 2012 at 5:26 am