Obama not a Serious Commander in Chief

By: Craig Chamberlain

President Obama had barely finished taking the oath of office and he began to show that, as far as he was concerned, 9-11 wasn’t that big of a deal, and Islamofascists aren’t a serious threat to national security. This shouldn’t come as any real surprise, what was once the party of Jackson, Polk and Truman has long since morphed into a pacifist party where the philosophies of McGovern and Carter now dominate. Dennis Kucinich is a more mainstream Democrat than Joe Lieberman.

National security simply does not concern them. Democrats often see America as the main problem in the world and see the military as a drain on resources that could be going to universal health care, welfare checks, or some other progressive scheme that Democrats are so proud of and eager to implement. The Jeffersonian mistrust of military has never really left the party that he founded.

In less than two weeks in office President Obama has ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, a departure from Iraq within 16 months(and before the 2011 deadline) leaving Iraq in a fragile state, and as to Guantanamo Bay, while there is still a year before it is to be closed President Obama has not sufficiently answered the question of where the detainees are to go. Nothing but an outright pardon and immediate release will satisfy the Presidents left wing base. One hopes that the President of the United States, the leader of the free world, would not be so naive as to release a horde of committed, murderous jihadists back into society free to move about. But I’m not going to get my hopes up.

President Obama, further weakening American security, is still promising to meet with dictators and terror leaders without preconditions. There is nothing wrong with diplomacy, but diplomacy without purpose is just wasted words. After all it was diplomacy that got Libya’s Kaddafi to surrender his weapons and behave himself, but he only did that after he saw Saddam Hussein being dragged out of a hole in the ground, and he feared that he was next.

Diplomacy must serve a purpose, otherwise it’s just talking for the sake of hearing yourself talk. Talking, not to advance American interests, not on our terms only gives the terror masters a propaganda victory and gives that impression that the United States is weak, and terrorist feed off the perception of weakness, when they perceive something to be weak they attack it(see the Clinton years).

Now, not to fear, President Obama has promised 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. The “good war” as Democrats see it. In truth we could use more troops in Afghanistan, but 30,000 won’t be enough. Afghanistan is nothing like Iraq, it was far more devastated and requires a lot more work. Also Afghanistan makes hunting the enemy difficult. Boasting some of the most rugged terrain in the world, it leaves plenty of places for Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters to hide. President Obama might have to make good on his promise to invade Pakistan in order to get Osama Bin Laden.

Secondly, our allies in Afghanistan are not pulling their weight. You would think with the man who is going to heal the planet in charge now he could get the Europeans to actually do some of the fighting and the heavy lifting. I’m not going to hold my breath on that one either.

We have a President who is closing the most secure(and overly humane) prison we have and he doesn’t know what to do with the prisoners. He wants to leave Iraq post haste, to hell with the consequences, and the one hawkish measure he talks about doesn’t go far enough. With a philosophy like this the country is looking at a national security nightmare.

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