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The President's Very Real Military Problem [Military Loses Confidence in Commander-in-Chief!]
RealClear Politics ^ | June 07, 2014 | Diane Dimond

Posted on 06/08/2014 10:26:22 AM PDT by Steelfish

The President's Very Real Military Problem By Diane Dimond - June 7, 2014

The president of the United States is the commander in chief over all branches of the military. It is a historic time, given that no military member goes public to speak negatively about the ultimate commander.

But now, with the scandal in full bloom, after the administration's smokescreen about what triggered the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and after the president's tepidly received speech at West Point announcing diplomacy will replace military responses henceforth, the time for silence is over.

Now career military personnel are speaking out through gritted teeth, insisting they speak for active-duty personnel who cannot talk without being punished. They are speaking about injustice, ineptitude and impeachment.

The era of silence changed after President Barack Obama's super-secret prisoner swap -- five "high-risk" Taliban prisoners from Gitmo in exchange for one U.S. solider held for nearly five years in Afghanistan. The fact that the soldier, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, walked away from his unit leaving a note saying he was "disillusioned with the Army," did not support his commander in chief's mission in Afghanistan and was "leaving to start a new life" left military types stunned that the president would stage a Rose Garden ceremony with Bergdahl's parents.

"I'm just surprised the president was dumb enough to stand next to them," Maj. Mike Lyons told me. "It's another example of (Obama's) reading the tea leaves wrong."

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: bergdahl; bowebergdahl; military; obama

1 posted on 06/08/2014 10:26:22 AM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Personally, if I were in the military I’d be looking to get out as quickly as possible before Obama’s fit hits the shan.

I like to think I’m as patriotic as the next guy, and certainly more patriotic than most on the Left, but I’ll be jiggered before I’ll die for one of Obama’s Idiot Fantasies.


2 posted on 06/08/2014 10:31:08 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Steelfish

Did Obama read the tea leaves wrong? Or is Obama so beholden to his liberalism, that he doesn’t give a blank what anybody thinks?


3 posted on 06/08/2014 10:33:14 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (et o)
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To: Steelfish

When SOD Hagel made a speech announcing the release of Bowe, the audience of military personal remained completely silent. When Hagel told the audience that they should be celebrating his release, the audience continued to remain silent.


4 posted on 06/08/2014 10:34:03 AM PDT by mware
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“Or is Obama so beholden to his liberalism, that he doesn’t give a blank what anybody thinks?” Clear your cards Freepers, Dilbert has a “good BINGO!!!”


5 posted on 06/08/2014 10:35:46 AM PDT by Fighter@heart (The government cares NOT 1 iota about your health, only about your WEALTH!!!)
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To: Steelfish

Urkel has always been dumber than a bag of hammers. Do you think the vast left wing conspiracy wants any candidate that can go to the bathroom without a TelePrompTer? Carter,Clinton and Obama. All politicians from obscurity and/or small non-powerful states that can be easily handled by their VLWC masters.


6 posted on 06/08/2014 10:37:47 AM PDT by Cyman (We have to pass it to see what's in it= definition of stool sample)
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To: Steelfish

What?

They don’t have confidence in a man who would sell them down the river and let the 5 worst detainee terrorists go and trade them for one hapless traitor terrorist?

Barry is anything but a deal maker.

He could never work for any company. They would fire him, as he represents a threat to productivity and profitability.

That West Point speech he gave was just so precious.

What a sweet heart....


7 posted on 06/08/2014 10:38:55 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Steelfish

I know a lot of enlisted ....none of them like him . Even black troops listen and shake their heads . My assessment is that only the career oriented highers try to feel any appreciation of the c&c at this point . Morale is suffering. Many wonder what all the fighting and dying was for if this administration is going to throw away all gains in great chunks ?


8 posted on 06/08/2014 10:39:23 AM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: Dilbert San Diego

It’s islamism.


9 posted on 06/08/2014 10:42:00 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: LeoWindhorse

The military has also lost confidence in Hagel, if they ever had it. He is dumb as a sack of rocks and just a puppet.
Kerry is also low on their list.
It is a real worry for a father who knows his SF son will deploy again, #4, to Afghanistan next year.


10 posted on 06/08/2014 10:43:26 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: Steelfish

Any military person who does not want to salute the treasonous b*stard (both descriptors 100% true) using only one finger should be kicked out immediately.

To respect this POS is a sure sign of lack of intelligence and morals.

Period.

It may well be our military that saves us from libs.

Think about it.


11 posted on 06/08/2014 10:44:54 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Steelfish

Impeach the traitor!!


12 posted on 06/08/2014 10:52:55 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: mware
When SOD Hagel made a speech announcing the release of Bowe, the audience of military personal remained completely silent. When Hagel told the audience that they should be celebrating his release, the audience continued to remain silent.

“Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.” ― William S. Burroughs

13 posted on 06/08/2014 10:53:46 AM PDT by shove_it (old Old Guardsman)
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To: Steelfish
Not just the military but whole sections of the nation are losing confidence in Obama. The question is whether public confidence is thoroughly lost before or after the Republic disintegrates.

The terrible price we pay when the Republican establishment fails as a political party to tell the truth about a Democrat because we are afraid of his skin color. How much pain of unemployment, of physical sickness left untreated because of Obamacare, of dead and maimed patriots sacrificed in vain, of sovereignty lost as the border disintegrates, will we suffer because John McCain in 2008 and every establishment Republican thereafter willfully failed to stand up and declare that Obama was a radical?


14 posted on 06/08/2014 10:54:57 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: Steelfish
loses??? that would imply they once did, which i don't believe for a second
15 posted on 06/08/2014 10:56:16 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: nathanbedford

We’ll always have 40% pro-Obama: The indoctrinated youth, NARAL and the Planned Parenthood crowd- where abortion is a sacrament; Hollywood and the GLBT bastards, the Media, and the Plantation.


16 posted on 06/08/2014 10:58:19 AM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish
Kerry: 'Baloney' to think released Taliban will kill more Americans

It would have been, he said, "offensive and incomprehensible to consciously leave an American behind … in the hands of people who would torture him, cut off his head."

17 posted on 06/08/2014 11:04:23 AM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: Steelfish

Totals are more like 25% rock solid pro Obama or any other skittle crazed moron who hates America.


18 posted on 06/08/2014 11:04:46 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: Steelfish; flaglady47; mickie; pax_et_bonum; Maine Mariner; seekthetruth; ExTexasRedhead; ...
Remember WWs I and II?

When our troops were willing to die for their country.....and were motivated by patriotism and the desire to destroy pure evil...and were intent on "keeping the world safe for democracy"....and were inspired by the patriotic, confidence-inspiring, passionate speeches of leaders like Churchill?

And remember when our army, navy and air force warriors were instructed to fight to WIN?

I'll tell you one thing, if I were an armed services member today, I sure wouldn't care to lay down my life for the likes of Obama, Hagel and Kerry, the Three Stooges of marxism, islamofascism and idiocy.

And if this thought has occurred to me and others like me, just think what's running through the minds of our young troops who are being sacrificed on the bloody altar of a mindless Obama religious cult bent on the destruction of our Republic.

I say prayers for our military men and women....they need them now as never before in our history.

Leni

19 posted on 06/08/2014 11:05:38 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Steelfish
We’ll always have 40% pro-Obama

History says otherwise.

20 posted on 06/08/2014 11:07:23 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Steelfish
And we have the gatekeepers, the opinion makers, and the sanctifiers who cannot abandon Obama because that would be to admit they got it all wrong. That means that the academic establishment which sanctifies liberalism and tells the young up-and-coming reporters in the media what is proper and what is beyond the pael.

The left has learned how to insinuate itself into every American institution and usually does so on the taxpayers' nickel. So when Columbia University School of Journalism turns out leftists who insinuate themselves into our print and electronic media, they go on to generate 40% of America who will support the left. If abortionists will always support the left, the left has infiltrated the National Council of Churches and the arguments over social values are lost there.

Somehow in academia, in our other institutions, or in the abortion mills themselves the left manages to be funded by the government

We are actually funding our political enemies.


21 posted on 06/08/2014 11:12:11 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: Da Coyote

No. While in the military, you respect the rank, not the person (good, bad or otherwise). Assholes will come and go within the ranks but if there is breakdown of discipline and rank is not respected it all goes to hell. I still have trust that the military is on our side. The bergdahl release was a slap in the face to every enlisted man and woman; that I am quite certain has the brass on pins and needles.


22 posted on 06/08/2014 11:13:24 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Steelfish
BS. If the military were awake the JCS would have resigned en masse years ago. Dempsey is a toad.
23 posted on 06/08/2014 11:27:03 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Can Juan Williams possibly be that stupid?)
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To: MinuteGal

” I sure wouldn’t care to lay down my life for the likes of Obama, Hagel and Kerry, the Three Stooges of marxism, islamofascism and idiocy.”

Damn but I like that. So appropriate and so true. Unfortunately.


24 posted on 06/08/2014 11:27:42 AM PDT by Rannug ("all enemies, foreign and domestic")
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To: Cap Huff

Amazing this is being spoken in the open.


25 posted on 06/08/2014 11:28:08 AM PDT by Dog (Founding member of the Osama Bin Laden was alive the whole time club..)
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To: nathanbedford

... We are actually funding our political enemies ...

So true, and it’s pervasive. Teacher unions. Public sector unions in general. Purchasing products advertised by media advocates who are against liberty. Going to movies produced by enemies of the republic. Buy GE light bulbs and Jeffrey Emelt has more campaign funds available.

We fund the left in almost everything we do because the left is so embedded in our culture.


26 posted on 06/08/2014 11:30:05 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Dog

Yeah, I read this item earlier from the link at Instapundit. It is an astounding article.


27 posted on 06/08/2014 11:31:11 AM PDT by Cap Huff
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To: Steelfish

This whole thing has got to be disastrous for morale in the military.

Personally I’d get out as soon as possible before I got double crossed by my own country!


28 posted on 06/08/2014 11:32:09 AM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Oldexpat

But ... but ... I thought that the CoC will withdraw ALL troops from Afghanistan this year?

Would he lie again?


29 posted on 06/08/2014 12:04:54 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Steelfish

It’s times like this I’m almost (key word is ALMOST) glad I’m a 4F.


30 posted on 06/08/2014 12:06:30 PM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be earned and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: Steelfish

Timing. The Benghazi Committee is starting up. That’s why Obama had to release these five murderers.
The enemy is blackmailing Obama. They lose the ability to blackmail him if the Benghazi Committee discovers the blackmail.
The enemy is making Obama dance like a puppet with strings. Why else would Obama and Hillary make and release a commercial apologizing to the Moslems? The enemy was pulling their strings to see how far their little puppets would go. Here’s what the enemy found out.

Five billion dollars “missing” from the State Department.

American weapons, armored vehicles and night vision equipment shipped to Libya and left unguarded so that it could be “stolen”.

American weapons and Advisors helping the enemy in Syria.

Who knows what they’ll demand next? Rounding up the Jews?

Obama needs to resign so the blackmail can stop. That’s the first step.


31 posted on 06/08/2014 12:19:04 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Steelfish

0bama should watch himself around all those marines he makes hold his umbrellas


32 posted on 06/08/2014 12:35:55 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Jack Hammer

I understand that sentiment, Steelfish. I’ve been at that point myself. I considered leaving my job working on launching systems for nuclear missiles in the early 70’s because it wasn’t “Christian”. Then I realized that, if we all did that, only non-Christians would be designing, building and launching our nuclear arsenal. What a terrifying thought! In the end, I believe it was the correct decision to stay. Each person in our great military must ask the same question I faced. All may not be called to stay, but if all leave, the results will be terrifying!


33 posted on 06/08/2014 1:08:04 PM PDT by impactplayer
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To: Steelfish

When did they ever have any confidence in the ***?


34 posted on 06/08/2014 2:06:07 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Steelfish
I think they lost confidence several years back, starting with the new rules of engagement in Afghanistan and Iraq.
35 posted on 06/08/2014 2:11:14 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

The chit’s gonna fly eventually. When it does he certainly has the belief that ‘his girls’ will be well taken care of. Just who and how will that occur? One who really wants to know.


36 posted on 06/08/2014 3:37:08 PM PDT by V K Lee
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To: Steelfish; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

Active Duty ping.


37 posted on 06/08/2014 3:38:24 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Steelfish

Hopefully more and more American people will lose confidence in BO’s ability and intent as CIC.


38 posted on 06/08/2014 3:51:55 PM PDT by mom.mom
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To: Steelfish

I’m just disgusted that no flag officers have come forward to denounce this insanity. Isn’t there one set of hairy sweaty balls left in those ranks, or is castration mandatory above 0-6?


39 posted on 06/08/2014 4:08:46 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: Ronin; All

Silence is no longer an option. The top military brass must resign en banc. The country comes first!


40 posted on 06/08/2014 5:02:40 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

He put his own people in the higher ups, so there won’t be a military coup.


41 posted on 06/08/2014 6:37:28 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Anything is possible, if you don't know what you're talking about.)
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To: V K Lee
The chit’s gonna fly eventually. When it does he certainly has the belief that ‘his girls’ will be well taken care of. Just who and how will that occur? One who really wants to know.

Do you think those are really the faggot's girls?
42 posted on 06/08/2014 6:40:58 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Anything is possible, if you don't know what you're talking about.)
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To: Old Yeller

Pinochet was merely a Colonel when Chile was saved from Allende. Just sayin’.


43 posted on 06/10/2014 12:02:30 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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