When it comes to the military, Obama can’t be bothered.

Did you know that the last Sunday in September is Gold Star Mother’s Day, which is a day meant for Americans to honor mothers who have lost a son or daughter who was serving in the United States Armed Forces?

It won’t surprise you, I’m sure, to learn that, on Saturday, George and Laura Bush hosted a response for local Gold and Blue star mothers.

I’m sure it also won’t surprise you to learn that our current president and his wife, despite an empty calendar (i.e., no pressing business, and despite his Constitutional role as Commander-in-Chief, did nothing at all.  After all, this is the same president who refused his Generals’ advice about best practices in Afghanistan, because it would offend the base.

When told that 40,000 troops would be the best number for a true effort in Afghanistan (which means either fewer troop deaths or that such deaths as occur are towards a purposeful goal), he picked the number 30,000 as a politically expedient compromise.  Since the number has no military value, meaning it will not fully serve troop effectiveness, it can only be seen as adding more fish to the barrel in the Taliban gun sights.

I wonder when our troops will stop their endless forbearance towards a man who manifestly views their service and sacrifice as meaningless.

Hat tip:  Sadie

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  • oceanguy

    Only half joking, I bet he would listen to his Military Chain of Command more if the Armed Forces were unionized.

  • Oldflyer

    Most troops don’t think too much about who the CinC is; they fight for their comrades, and in some cases for their professional pride.
    At times during Viet Nam I wondered if there would ever be a sit-down by the pilots who went back to the South China Sea time after time to strike mostly meaningless targets.  A few opted out; but most never really blinked, each for his own reasons.  I believe that the tradition of the Navy uniform, the Navy wings, and their individual squadrons  played a part.  I know that the fact that their buddies would be going, whether they did or not, played a very big part.  I expect members of other services have similar beliefs.
    Gold Star mothers (and fathers, wives, and children) must be honored.  The ultimate disrespect is to let them believe that their loved ones died for little or no reason.

  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com David Foster

    Seems like the % of the population that Obama does *not* view with contempt is pretty low. If you’re a tenured professor at an Ivy League, you’re probably considered acceptable; ditto if you run a large “non-profit”. If you’re a senior executive of a large corporation AND have an Ivy degree, you’re sort of okay but will never really be part of the Inner Circle—sort of like the Kaiserjuden under Wilhelm II. Perhaps celebrities/entertainers are also sort of okay, but I bet many of them are also regarded with contempt, as useful idiots or trained bears.
    Pretty much everyone else is either Kulaks or Proletarians. Especially despised are military people and small-business people outside of glamorous “tech” fields.

  • Zhombre

    I am a Bitter Clinger, and I vote.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    The US military ultimately is given power by the United States Constitution, and it is only through the President that such power is channeled. Should the Left malform the Constitution to a great enough extent, it would invalidate the military’s source of authority.