Cassandra of Villainous Company, whose husband is a Marine deployed in Afghanistan, lays the wood to President Obama, brilliantly:
Life is full of mysteries, but chief among them in this Marine wife’s mind at the moment is, “Just how stupid does this White House think we are?” If the events of the past few months have shown us anything, it’s that Barack Obama has little enthusiasm for – nor interest in – one of the most important duties of an American President: his role as Commander in Chief of the nation’s armed forces.
As Cassandra argues, Obama has little interest in military personnel unless they can be cast as a victim group in need of liberal largesse:
Faced with largely imaginary ills, the Obamas are all sympathy. During the campaign, they were more than willing to promote a whiny culture of entitlement that undercuts everything the military stands for to win a few more votes on Election day.
Obama is unable, however, to acknowledge or even understand real military virtues:
Jeremy is a young man who, faced with the prospect that doctors may soon have to amputate his other leg, replied matter of factly, “If that happens, I’ll deal with it, too.” Perhaps more than any other institution in America, the military represents values like accountability, resilience, strength under adversity, achievement, and personal responsibility; qualities that used to be thought of as simply “American”. It seems strange beyond belief that the President swept into office on the shoulders of voters chanting, “Yes, We Can!” now personifies a philosophy of government based on “No, You Can’t” (without my help).
Obama doesn’t “get” the military because with every step they take, whether it’s on prosthetic legs or the steely sinews of an combat hardened Marine, their strength and independence give the lie to his defeatest rhetoric. All those unbowed shoulders, unbeaten spirits and uplifted heads make him profoundly uncomfortable.
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