Saturday, September 1, 2012

Obama Basically Bombs with the Troops...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty  -vs- Tyranny


Obama Fort Bliss: US President Barack Obama addresses troops inside the 1st Aviation Support Battalion Hangar August 31, 2012 at Fort Bliss, Texas. (Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Judging from the response President Obama received from the Troops on August 31st it looks like the Commander in Chief certainly hasn't impressed them. Imagine that.

THE DAILY CALLER - President Barack Obama was greeted with fleeting applause and extended periods of silence as he offered profuse praise to soldiers and their families during an Aug. 31 speech in Fort Bliss, Texas.

His praise for the soldiers — and for his own national-security policies — won cheers from only a small proportion of the soldiers and families in the cavernous aircraft-hangar.

The audience remains quiet even when the commander-in-chief thanked the soldiers’ families, and cited the 198 deaths of their comrades in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The audience’s reaction was so flat that the president tried twice to elicit a reaction from the crowd.

“Hey, I hear you,” he said amid silence.

The selected soldiers who were arrayed behind the president sat quietly throughout the speech.

CNN and MSNBC ended their coverage of the speech before it was half-over.

The president’s speech to the soldiers is part of his constitutional duties as commander-in-chief.

But Obama and his wife are also trying to reach out to military families in several critical swing-states, including Virginia and Florida

That outreach, however, has been damaged by repeated flubs from the White House, including its public emphasis on soldiers’ wounds rather than on their accomplishments, and Obama’s effort to distance himself from the anti-jihad campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For example, Obama gave Vice President Joe Biden the task of developing a post-war agreement with Iraq’s government in 2009. The effort failed, reducing U.S. gains from the campaign that killed almost 4,500 troops, and as well as thousands of jihadis and Sunni insurgents seeking to regain power. The subsequent withdrawal of nearly all U..S. troops has allowed Iran to increase its influence in Iraq. In turn, that influence helps it support Syria’s dictatorship against Sunni insurgents.

White House officials are trying to avoid additional flubs. On Friday, for example, White House officials rushed to debunk a report that the president had used an autopen to sign condolence letters to soldiers’ families.

Throughout Friday’s speech, the loudest reactions came when the president name-checked the nicknames of the soldiers’ brigades. Major military units have their own rival cheers, and those could be heard from portions of the audience when he referred to individual units.

The troops’ silence continued through several obvious applause-lines. {Read More}

Via: Memeorandum

7 comments:

  1. So what?

    The troops ave bombed for 15 years.

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  2. One of the most under-reported stories is the fact that far more civilian casualties have occurred in Pakistan and Afghanistan under this President than under his predecessor. Not that the left really cares about collateral damage coming from a Democrat, mind you.

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  3. These wars of the 21st century are owned by the GOP one-party-state of the time. They broke it. Not the military. Not the Democrats. Republicans in the White House, Senate, House of Representatives, and Federal Court, rode the nation to disaster, and our military with it.

    Obama inherited, in yet another example, a pile of $#!# from the prior governments.

    I saw Obama giving an address to other troops recently on C-Span, and they were quite receptive. So, I guess it depends on who in the military you ask - those who are consequently suffering the GWOT, or those who have either served or not but realize the sicko right-wing is a dangerous thing to and in the military.

    If our military ever disrespects our civilian government, we will become a Third World Hell Hole.

    JMJ

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    1. Obama didn't have to surge in Afghanistan (a war that he fully supported and criticized President Bush for not paying ENOUGH attention to) and he certainly didn't need to sextuple the drone attacks in Pakistan. To say that only the Republicans like blowing stuff up is uproarious.

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  4. "For example, Obama gave Vice President Joe Biden the task of developing a post-war agreement with Iraq’s government in 2009"

    Hardly the man to trust with anything. Biden once claimed that the post-Taliban, current government of Afghanistan possessed nuclear weapons.

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  5. People know a phony when the see one, military people perhaps more so...

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  6. "People know a phony when the see one"

    People know Romney is a phoney

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