In his speech at the Democratic National Convention, President Obama said, “Donald Trump calls our military a disaster.”
By this, the President meant that Donald Trump was directly attacking the men and women that comprise the armed forces of the United States.
As formidable and impressive as they are, in a constitutional republic they only do as ordered by the elected civilian leadership.
In his remarks, what President Obama did was deflect the necessary critical analysis of his own lackluster leadership.
For it was not the frontline infantryman that authorized the premature withdrawal from Iraq.
It was not the humble field medic tending the wounds of a fellow soldier mutilated by an improvised explosive device that authorized resources to provide “gender reassignment procedures”.
Nor was it an MP standing guard that decided that the attack on Fort Hood was merely an incident of workplace violence that did not quite rise to the level of terrorism.
In the very same paragraph, the President continued, “He cozies up to Putin, praises Saddam Hussein, and tells the NATO allies...that they have to pay up if they want our protection. Well, America's promises do not come with a price tag.”
It seems that nothing ever does with this financial profligate.
It is said that freedom isn't free.
Often that is thought of in terms of the sacrifices made by those protecting the nation and its people.
The statement can also be taken literally.
The fielding of armies does not come cheap.
Ultimately those equipping and supplying these vast military forces are not doing so solely out of a sense of selfless altruistic patriotism.
Any shocked by such a remark need only be shown the invoice for a single fighter jet.
Why shouldn't our so-called “allies” be expected to shoulder part of this expense?
After all, does not President Obama favor increasingly punitive taxation imposed upon the productive whom he eagerly reminded that they were not really the ones responsible for the enterprises, accomplishments, and achievements that they mistakenly assumed were their own?
If Donald Trump is on the record of speaking favorably of Vladimir Putin, how were his remarks anymore out of line than those articulated by prominent Democrats over the years?
For did not President Obama poopoo Mitt Romney last campaign cycle for viewing Russia as a strategic challenge rather than as a close alley?
Was not the comment that the 1980's called and the decade wanted its foreign policy returned?
And during her own tenure as Secretary of State, was not Hillary Clinton the one that insisted she was the one that pushed the reset button for a closer relationship with Russia?
By Frederick Meekins