Volunteer soldiers fight our enemies around the world, suffering injury and death to protect us, and to defend liberty. In the last seven years they have done their duty under the command of a president hostile to their mission. They have watched him cull the best commanders, cut funding, cut compensation, cut benefits, neglect VA reforms, and give aid and comfort to our enemies, acts of treason.
Volunteer soldiers have fought and died for a citizenry that largely ignores them. And if they come home suffering terrible wounds—-physical and psychological—–they continue being ignored, even by the government that promised them support and healthcare. Worse, they are mistreated.
The VA scandal is an ongoing disgrace. Verified reports show veterans so neglected, they die in substantial numbers, waiting to see a doctor, treatment withheld. The president and others promised to solve the problem. That promise joins a long list of other promises broken.
In 2012, 6,500 former military personnel committed suicide. In 2012, 177 active duty individuals killed themselves, more than died in combat. It is conservatively estimated 22 vets commit suicide every day, about 8,000 per year. In the face of all this tragedy, the president is silent, inactive, apparently unconcerned.
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When Marines were gunned down in Tennessee recently, this president was insincere in his expressions of sympathy. When Americans are beheaded, he heads for the links. When Americans were murdered in Benghazi, his priority was a fundraiser in Vegas followed by a criminal cover up.
When Major General Harold Greene was killed in Afghanistan in 2014, the president declined attending his funeral, preferring the golf course. Greene was the first U.S. general to die in combat since Vietnam. Biden did not attend either.
Thanks to this administration, we are losing against ISIS, and after 14 years of war we are losing in Afghanistan against the Taliban, just as the president insured defeat in Iraq by failing to leave a security force in 2011. The Loser in chief is making America a loser nation, all on his own, through no fault of our military.
This administration is AWOL on many fronts, but especially so when it comes to our military, our national security and our ability to stem the rising tide of jihad around the world. Not only is this president responsible for putting our soldiers in harm’s way without a clear mission and without the proper support, he hinders them further with rules of engagement that account for increases in casualties. We lost six men in Afghanistan this month alone. Here is a list of the 2,271 killed there since 2001. Did you know that 75% of our casualties in Afghanistan have come during this administration. Far fewer were hurt and killed when we were winning under George Bush!
Imagine being ordered into combat with no clear objective, asked to risk your life fighting an enemy your commander refuses to name, hamstrung by rules of engagement that leave you a sitting duck, and when your buddies are killed or wounded, they are treated like dirt.
No wonder top brass is increasingly critical of the president, saying he is derelict, claiming our military is largely demoralized. Electing Clinton, Biden or Sanders will only give us more of the same. Vets will be mistreated, more will commit suicide, and American influence will decline even further. At the very least, true patriots ought to rally and make sure a new administration restores our military, on every front, for the battle at home is every bit as important as the battle overseas.
And we haven’t even mentioned this administration handing to Iran the Bomb plus $150 billion to fund terrorism.
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