Three of the four people that have spent time in the Department of Defense as the Secretary have come out against Barack Obama and his policies. The only one that hasn’t is Ash Carter, and the only reason he hasn’t is because he currently occupies that chair, and I assume wants to keep the job for at the next nine months.
But the three men that had served Obama as his Secretary of Defense have all come out and said the guy was arrogant and ignorant when it came to matters of foreign affairs, and especially matters that involved the military. That’s three out of three…and one of them was Democrat. In fact, he was a highly respected Democrat. So it can’t be a partisan thing. Not when Leon Panetta, the second of four Defense Secretaries under Obama was the most scathing of the three.
In fact, Panetta and Robert Gates, a carry-over from the Bush administration, both agreed with assertions that I have made here that Obama’s micromanaging in defense issues was akin to Lyndon Johnson’s micromanaging the Vietnam War. These are THEIR comments, not mine. In fact, Panetta said it drove him crazy and kept him up nights. Hmm…maybe there IS something to this desert air!
The undisputable fact here is that Obama’s legacy is going to include his penchant for being a yellow-belly. It’s undeniable that he’s a pacifist, and I’m not against that at all. But every single president since before FDR has had to face a military decision of some kind or another…even when we were at peace! If you don’t have the stomach for war, you don’t belong in the White House, as Obama has found out. And his legacy will include failures throughout the Middle East in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and yes, thanks to Hillary Clinton, Libya as well as Egypt. The “lead from behind” strategy opened a door to other wannabe superpowers to step in where we had created a vacuum and fill the void. That was something Clinton and Obama failed to realize. They thought the US could just sit on the sidelines, allowing the people in the region to take care of their own problems, and the world would be all nicey-nice. That was never going to happen. It’s that naiveté that has cost the United States its world-wide power, and Obama a chance at actually doing something worthwhile as president (besides playing golf and going on multi-million dollar vacations at taxpayer expense).
As the Secretaries of Defense have pointed out, foreign policy and military strategy have been devoid over the past seven years primarily because we have a president that thought he could run the military and the foreign services better than the people that were life-long professionals at it. How wrong he was!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!