Maybe a key here as to why Obama could so easily discard military code and culture is he really doesn’t regard America’s battleground in the world as a war on terror in the first place.
Remember the 2009 explanative memo from the White House to Pentagon staff members via the Defense Department that said that “this administration prefers to avoid using the term ‘Long War’ or ‘Global War on Terror.’ Please use ‘Overseas Contingency Operation’”?
Of course, while the White House plays with semantics, our courageous U.S. military personnel are continuing to fight and die on the battlefield. While the war diminishes in Obama’s fairy tale mind, he just gifted the real war on terror and the Taliban with their greatest boost in years.
4) George Washington would not have emboldened America’s greatest enemies around the world and put at greater risk not only U.S. military personnel but also American citizens by increasing their captivity value in the eyes of our enemies.
And what are the odds that Obama had another political ulterior motive for prisoner exchange — namely, the turning of the American mind and media from his Veterans Affairs battlefield? For his “never waste a crisis”-saturated administration, is this hypothesis really a stretch?
On June 5, veteran newsman and CEO of WorldNetDaily Joseph Farah wrote in a column titled “What Motivates Obama?“: “Is it possible that part of the calculated political motivation underlying Obama’s decision was just that — getting the VA out of the nation’s headlines? At first glance, it seems counter-intuitive: Can you escape one scandal by creating another? The answer is, of course. It’s called the old ‘wag the dog’ strategy.”
The bottom line, as President Obama recently said to cadets at the United States Military Academy, is that “for the foreseeable future, the most direct threat to America, at home and abroad, remains terrorism.”
Yet his actions as commander in chief say just the opposite. Indeed, last June, he said America needed to draw down its war footing and bring it to an end.
The truth is that Obama is too conciliatory a leader to be the commander in chief of the greatest military force in human history. He says terrorism is the “most direct threat to America” to cadets, yet calls the war on terror an overseas contingency operation.
He doesn’t even know how to announce victory. He confessed to ABC News in 2009, “I’m always worried about using the word ‘victory,’ because, you know, it invokes this notion of Emperor Hirohito coming down and signing a surrender to MacArthur.”
So how does one add up the following Obama conclusions? 1) The war, which is not really a war at all, is over, so much so that we’re exchanging the release of final prisoners of war. 2) Victory won’t be announced; yet the end of combat missions and the withdrawal of American troops have been.
There can be only one conclusion, at least in Obama’s mind: America has lost the war on terror, particularly in the Middle East.
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