Saturday, December 27, 2008

Obama Visits Marines on Christmas Day

President-Elect Barack Obama visited the Marine Corps base in Hawaii Kaneche Bay on Christmas day. As ABC News reports, the response from the service personnel was respectful but unenthusiastic.

The Marines' muted response is hardly surprising.
A number of folks have written on this (Obama's sending a good message, to one degree or another), but Sister Toldjah says it best:

It’s gonna take a lot more than “symbolic gestures” like visiting troops in Hawaii over the Christmas holidays, and playing basketball with them in Afghanistan on a trip designed to highlight your “foreign policy creds.” Barack Obama repeatedly and routinely denigrated the mission in Iraq, not just as a US Senator, but as a candidate for Commander in Chief of the armed forces. Whether or not he meant to demean the sacrifices of our troops, that’s exactly what he - and anyone else - did who either said or implied that they were making the ultimate sacrifice for a “lie” … that their deaths were “wasted” deaths. That’s what he did when he noted over the summer that, even knowing the successes that the surge would have brought to the table - including the sharp downturn in violence - that he still would have voted against the surge. It was something he said no doubt to please the anti-war left, whose votes he needed to help him win the election, but it was also something he said that turned the stomachs of the military and those who supported them alike, who realized that not only would the violence and death have escalated as a result of not putting the surge in place, but that the deaths of our servicemen and women over there would have been in vain, because he wanted troops out by March of this year.
There's more at the link.

Recall that thoughout 2007, Barack Obama was the most strident antiwar member of the U.S. Senate (see, "
Obama Sees a ‘Complete Failure’ in Iraq"). Last July, during Obama's visit to Germany, where he made a speech the Siegessäule Victory Column, a Nazi-era landmark, the Democratic nominee skipped a pre-arranged visit to Lanstuhl military hospital to visit wounded U.S. veterans. Obama also declined an invitation to visit Fort Hood in August, where a town hall meeting on veterans issues was organized by military families. Recall, too, that Barack Obama and the Democrats repeatedly denigrated John McCain's military service throughout the campaign. We could certainly find more examples of Obama's indifference to military issues and veterans' affairs.

Indeed, there's little in the President-Elect's record to indicate a predisposition toward supporting the military. But as commander-in-chief he'll be responsible for the safety and well-being of our service personnel. We'll soon know, of course, how strong is the Obama administration's commitment to the troops. Big questions on defense spending and military deployments await the Democrats' accession to power in January. As a first step toward more credibility, Obama should commit to expanding active-duty soldiers by 30,000 troops, as
the Army requested this week. After that, Obama should defer to the assessments of top U.S. commanders on the ground in Afghanistan in Iraq, even if that includes a slowdown on the pace of troop redeployments out of Iraq.

5 comments:

Jose Alvarez said...

Will they obey him as commander in chief if he not an eligible President? Possible looming crisis?

Ema Nymton said...

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"Will they obey him as commander in chief if he not an eligible President? Possible looming crisis?"

Only in your dreams. The armed forces swear to defend the Constitution. One has nothing to worry about.

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Pat Houseworth said...

Him honoring troops is a joke....he's not anything yet, except the "President-Elect", a phony title as his phony Birth Certificate.

Ema Nymton said...

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"Him honoring troops is a joke....he's not anything yet, except the "President-Elect", a phony title as his phony Birth Certificate."

Jealous? Or bitter?

(Oh by the way, it is "His honoring ...")

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Anonymous said...

To "honor" soldiers serving and sacrificing their own lives for others is to never forget and appreciate what they have done for us. A gesture, a thank you, recognition of sacrifice is never enough to repay for the ultimate sacrifice. For a "President-Elect" to walk into a camp at any given time even at Christmas invited the most critical to tear at a humble gesture. If he was met with silence at the camp it's a good thing. Obama wasn't there for a popularity contest he was there to "honor" and "thank" the troops even if it's not the endangered ones in person. Obama never said the past deaths of American soldiers in a war of "lies" were not honored or appreciated. He's saying it could've been avoided. If that was to get his "votes to win" I hope and pray the votes won't have been in "vain". To honor the past and the present is to stand up, say it, show it, live it and appreciate it. Who you obey is still a freedom of choice. The new year will bring new hope and new adventures as well as challenges. One can only pray for better rather than worse. Either way, Obama and team will lead, being Chief will not be easy but God is never far for futher wisdom.