My father’s war was waged with determination, skill, industry, sacrifice, pride and eventually the most destructive weapon ever used in war.
My generation was tasked with stopping the falling dominoes of communism. Politicians dictated strategy, technology and even targets. That war ended with the April 30, 1975, big bug out.
Two years ago at the National Defense University, President Obama basically declared a unilateral end to the “global war on terror.”
In a 7,000-word speech that covered reducing drone strikes, closing Gitmo and reciting a litany of terrorist attacks, Obama said:
“We cannot use force everywhere that a radical ideology takes root; and in the absence of a strategy that reduces the wellspring of extremism, a perpetual war — through drones or Special Forces or troop deployments — will prove self-defeating, and alter our country in troubling ways.
“So the next element of our strategy involves addressing the underlying grievances and conflicts that feed extremism — from North Africa to South Asia. As we’ve learned this past decade, this is a vast and complex undertaking. We must be humble in our expectation that we can quickly resolve deep-rooted problems like poverty and sectarian hatred.”
Osama bin Laden was the son of a billionaire Saudi construction magnate. Most of the 9/11 hijackers were well educated and well off.
In Vietnam they called it winning the hearts and minds, but nonetheless Obama calls for:
“For what we spent in a month in Iraq at the height of the war, we could be training security forces in Libya, maintaining peace agreements between Israel and its neighbors, feeding the hungry in Yemen, building schools in Pakistan, and creating reservoirs of goodwill that marginalize extremists. That has to be part of our strategy.”
It worked so well before.
Obama addressed the Coast Guard Academy graduating class recently and told them one of the biggest threats to national security is climate change.
“Climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security,” he said, “and, make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country. And so we need to act— and we need to act now.”
He basically said denial of climate change as a threat is dereliction of duty.
Obama seems oblivious to the potential for terrorists to use chemical weapons from Syria or nukes from Iran or North Korea.
This is Obama’s bug out.
Meanwhile, The Associated Press reports that a year after we heard about sick veterans languishing on waiting lists, Veterans Affairs statistics show that the number of veterans facing long waits has not declined, though Congress shelled out $16.3 billion to shorten waits for care.
Since this past summer, AP found that the number of vets waiting more than 30 or 60 days for non-emergency care is largely unchanged, while the number of medical appointments that take longer than 90 days to complete has nearly doubled.
The Obama administration can’t seem to figure out how to win wars or keep its promises to those who fight them.