I was done, at least for now. I was ready to move on, to let Barack Obama’s disdain for the military speak for itself. But then I read that the president is, just today, delaying a health care-related trip to Capitol Hill and visiting wounded troops at Walter Reed Medical Center for the first time as Commander In Chief.
Being completely and utterly incapable and unwilling to show any modicum of respect or compassion toward those who lost their lives and were injured yesterday was enough to make me angry. Using our wounded combat veterans as politically convenient objects of feigned compassion, however, just pisses me off.
Sure, according to the White House, the trip to Walter Reed had been scheduled before the shootings occurred. I don’t buy it. Not for one fleeting instant. This president and this administration have had no problem looking straight into the eyes of the American people and lying about a wealth of matters before, whether it be the contents of health care reform legislation, the intention to investigate intelligence officials, or just the endless amount of campaign promises broken — why should they stop now?
Because of what the NBC affiliate in the president’s home town of Chicago called his “frightening insensitivity,” White House officials feel as though they need damage control. Taking a page from the staged photo-op at Dover Air Force Base put together as damage control after the president’s refusal to listen to his commanders on the ground—another promise broken—and send needed reinforcements to Afghanistan was juxtaposed in the newspapers next to accounts of more than a dozen soldiers killed in a single day, Axelrod and his crew responded to yesterday’s startling display of ambivalence toward dead troops at home by scheduling face time with more servicemen and servicewomen.
Why should we believe that the president’s decision to visit troops today, of all days, as he was otherwise prepared to go to the mattresses on Capitol Hill for a crucial vote on his signature legislation, is anything but an effort at assuaging those like myself who point out his obvious disdain for the military? The benefit of the doubt, friends and neighbors, requires the very thing Barack Obama lacks most – credibility.
Time and time again, after all, Barack Obama has proven to be insensitive at best to military personnel both active and retired.
- On July 25, 2008, then presidential candidate Barack Obama scrapped plans to visit injured American servicemen and servicewomen at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany during his whirlwind European campaign tour for the American presidency.
- On February 6, 2009, Obama dropped charges against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashri, the mastermind of the attacks on the U.S.S. Cole, and did so without speaking with family members of those killed until afterward.
- In mid-March, the very same president who has tirelessly advocated universal health care proposed a plan which would have forced combat-wounded veterans to pay for treatment of battlefield wounds through their own private insurance coverage, all in an effort to save $540 million, less than the federal government spent on providing digital television converter boxes to Americans.
- Before doing a complete u-turn in May because of deafening outcry from the American people, in April the president was prepared to capitulate to demands by the ACLU to release photographs of detainee treatment and abuse from facilities across the globe, a measure which would have endangered military personnel because of inevitable terrorist reprisals.
- In June, the president ordered that terrorists captured on the battlefield in the act of killing Americans be read Miranda rights–extending the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, a right reserved for Americans under the U.S. Constitution, to people trying to kill Americans–thus providing no incentive for them to reveal any other threats to American lives in the conflict at hand.
- On September 29, the president decided to increase the financial burden on aging Alaskan World War II veterans by disapproving the inclusion of pension money from his outlined priorities for a new military spending bill.
And that’s just a start, just a portion of specific actions or events which doesn’t even touch upon the harder-to-measure comfort which Barack Obama has brought to our enemies by apologizing for America and blaming America and Americans with every big foreign policy speech, whether he was addressing dictators at the United Nations or the entire Muslim world in Cairo.
This man simply does not like the military. He’s uncomfortable with the thought of victory, unable to recognize that evil cannot be talked into goodness. He looks at America as an oppressor, and the American military as its tools of oppression. So, when the president prefers to talk for two minutes about an Indian conference he had attended, when he decided to give shout-outs to Joe Medicine Crow before even acknowledging the men and women who lost their lives or were injured by a radical Muslim on American soil, let’s get our facts straight: It’s not an isolated incident. It’s not a TelePrompTer malfunction. It is, plain and simple, the blunt manifestation of Barack Hussein Obama’s inherent disdain for the United States Military.
Don’t agree? Find me something–anything–which shows him going out of his way to support our troops. Find me a third-person account–and I’ll accept hearsay–of him visiting troops or comforting families without a camera present or a reporter feet away. Show me that he does NOT fundamentally dislike and distrust the military. Barack Obama has lost the benefit of the doubt.