President Barack Obama gave an address today to the graduating midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy today. The main theme of the speech came in this pledge, “I will only send you into harm’s way when it is absolutely necessary, and with the strategy, the well-defined goals, the equipment and the support that you need to get the job done.” What does this mean? Is the President actually suggesting that previous presidents have sent troops into danger without a second thought or regard for their safety? That would be my interpretation. The President plans on slashing defense spending, so I find myself wondering how Obama expects to pay for the equipment he is promising these Naval graduates. He did guarantee that he would not slash the Navy’s budget…anymore.
The President continued, “The extraordinary precision and professionalism displayed that day was made possible, in no small measure, by the training, the discipline and the leadership skills that so many of those officers learned at the United States Naval Academy,” referring to the Navy Seals’ victory over Somali pirates.
“In short, we will maintain America’s military dominance and keep you the finest fighting force the world has ever seen,” Obama claimed, but does anyone believe that. The only reason he attends these graduations and gives the commencement speeches at our military installations is because he has no choice as Commander-in-Chief. I believe he respects the military more than former president Clinton and does not harbor the same disdain, but he is most certainly no military supporter.
The irony of this address is that the President gave a speech yesterday on national defense in which he ridiculed the tactics of the former administration and indicated that he would like to return to a pre-9/11 form of thinking when it comes to defense, otherwise he would just be “fearmongering” which is what he seems to believe the Bush administration was all about, although our country was not attacked on our soil again after 9/11. Our military now has their hands tied when it comes to interrogations and how to go about capturing enemy combatants – or those people who partake in man-made disasters.
I wonder what these graduates think about President Obama’s promise to close Gitmo and his suggestions that this state of the art military installation is leading to terrorist recruitment. I wonder what they think about that community organizer mind of Obama’s that believes America just wants to occupy countries and use our military might to overpower other countries?