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REASON FOR ALARM: President Pinprick on Veterans Day

The men and women of the United States military cannot speak for themselves, so it is up to the rest of us to speak out.  We are experiencing an unprecedented circumstance concerning the relationship between the executive branch and the military, one characterized by these elements:
-We face the most lethal threats from multiple sources worldwide, and we face them virtually alone
–Our volunteer force has been demoralized by rules of engagement and domestic policies injurious to readiness
–The government, in its wisdom, has decided this is the time to cut the military to the bone
–Our enemies escalate sensing weakness, and our allies sense betrayal
–The President has shown himself hostile to the U.S. military, by word and deed
–The people who voted this regime into power appear likewise hostile to our men and women in uniform

President Pinprick, after losing on most every front—-be it throughout the Middle East, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Egypt—-and after being systematically beaten to the punch by the Iranians, the Russians and the Chinese, proceeds along a line of surrender and capitulation including unilateral disarmament, allowing other nuclear powers the advantage, undermining the deterrence required to avoid catastrophe.

It is as if the man wants American defeat, actively working toward that end.

Consequently, the unthinkable has been evidenced: U.S. generals and ranking officers are actually stating publicly the President is incompetent, misguided and unwise.  Privately, stronger terms are used.

A former CIA director and Secretary of Defense accuses the President of bad judgment in completely pulling out of Iraq in 2011, saying further the man essentially lied about the Benghazi tragedy.

The current Secretary of Defense contradicts White House strategy and tactics involving Syria and ISIS.

The Vice President, attempting to work with Congress on security matters involving the border and immigration, is dressed down by the President in public last Friday.

A former Secretary of State appointed by this President basically says this administration has no strategy, no overall foreign policy plan, and no real ability to function effectively.

General after General after Admiral after Colonel say publicly this President is confused, disengaged, irritated, sometimes furious, a man making terrible decisions putting our people in harm’s way, leading to defeat after defeat, causing a continuous erosion of American standing. These officers paint a grim picture: our friends do not trust us, and our enemies do not fear us.  It is a recipe for disaster.

Sending another 1,500 troops to Iraq leaves roughly 4,000 in harm’s way, placing them in the middle of Sunni/Shi’ite rage as they face some 40,000 ISIS barbarians fully armed with American technology, thanks to the 2011 pullout ordered by this President, contrary to all his advisers’ recommendations. These 4,000 are essentially sitting ducks, ordered not to engage combat, but to serve as advisers only.  It’s the Alamo all over again, this time, behind orders not to fight back.  

Is there any doubt that at some point soon we will see horrendous events in Iraq as a result, along with escalations by jihadists everywhere, including here at home?  Under horrific conditions, American soldiers, airmen, seamen and marines do their duty.  On this Veteran’s Day, fellow citizens, are we doing ours?



Allan Erickson

Allan Erickson---Christian, husband, father, journalist, businessman, screenwriter, and author of The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence, Tate Publishing, 2012.