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by Capt. Joseph R. John (Ret.), ©2016, Chairman, CombatVeteransForCongress

Obama Forgets To Salute…

(Feb. 25, 2016) — In the below-listed Op-Ed by Admiral James A. Lyons, Jr. ’52, USN (Ret), former Commander of the US Pacific Fleet, he highlights the latest inept directive degrading the strength of the US Armed Forces.  The “Climate Change” directive is the latest inept directive designed to hobble the US Armed Forces and a policy directive among a whole range of the Obama administration’s inept policies and directives that have been degrading the “Combat Effectiveness” of the US Armed Forces for the last 7 years.

Obama continues to issue these directives with absolutely no opposition from the Republican Leadership in Congress. The US Congress has the authority and power to oppose Obama’s steady stream of inept directives designed to hobble the US Armed Forces by using the power of the purse to restrict DOD Undersecretaries rather than failing to execute their Constitutional authority as an equal branch of government, enforcing Article 1., Section 8, Clause 14.of the US Constitution: “To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the Land and Naval Forces;” to aggressively oppose such an inept policy directive.

Obama’s dangerous polices and blunders over the last 7 years have made the US more vulnerable to the enemies of the Republic as outlined below.  Those actions over the last 7 years by Obama were designed to make sure that the US would no longer be the only Superpower in the world.  The last two Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, USN (Ret) and General Martin Dempsey, USA (Ret), did Obama’s bidding in a steady series of policies changes that have negatively affected the national defense of the Republic as follows:

(1)They covered up the fact that two armed and ready US Air Force F-16Cs aircraft were sitting on the tarmac in Aviona, Italy 50 minutes away from Benghazi, that an AC-130H Spectre gunship was manned and ready on the Tarmac in Sigonella, Sicily, 45 minutes away from Benghazi, and that the US Army In-Extremis Force, 130 manned Charlie Company (known as C-1/10) was ready on the tarmac in Croatia, less than 3 hours away from Benghazi.  The only reason the rescue wasn’t ordered was that Obama refused to execute “Cross Border Authority” that was required to launch a rescue mission to save the lives of the two Navy SEALs, who could have been easily saved. Instead, they were killed 7 hours and 35 minutes after the attack began—-hoping beyond hope that rescue aircraft less than one hour away would be launched to save them.

(2)They issued and enforced the new and dangerous Rules of Engagement (ROE) on US Combat Forces in “Harm’s Way.” Those dangerous ROE were responsible for increasing combat deaths by 458%/year and increased the wounding and maiming of thousands of military personnel by 378%/year.  Those Obama dangerous ROE to the lives of all US military in combat led to the death of 17 members of SEAL Team SIX on the Extortion 17 helo flight following their successful operation that killed Osama Bin Laden.

(3) Both Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff supervised the downsizing of the US Navy to the number of ships that the Navy had in its fleet before World War I, reduced the strength of the US Army to the manning level it had before World War II, and allowed the US Air Force to become much smaller and older than in any time since 1947.  Instead of resigning in protest, they presided over Obama’s hollowing-out of the US Armed Forces while China, Russia, Iran, and ISIS increased and modernized their armed forces.

(4) They presided over the purging of hundreds of Senior Officers, General Officers, and Flag Officers who opposed Obama’s hollowing of the US Armed Forces and issued directives that removed thousands of senior enlisted Non-Commissioned Officers who opposed Obama’s systematic hollowing-out of the US Armed Forces and his Social Experiment On Diversity, which violated their long, well-held traditions of service.

(5) They allowed Obama to force the destructive “Social Experiment On Diversity” into the US Armed Forces resulting in the violation of Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, and the degrading of unit cohesiveness.  Forced transgender recruiting was destructive to unit morale, negatively affected unit “Combat-Effectiveness,” hurt retention, and resulted in the rape of 11,000 straight males by gays in the US Armed Forces in a one-year period.

(6) Obama’s directives are now forcing women into tip-of-the-spear, combat-hardened units such as US Marine Corps Infantry, US Navy SEAL Teams, the Delta Force, the Green Berets, and US Army Ranger Battalions by degrading the physical fitness qualifications for those commands.

(7) For nearly 7 years, the new slate of politically-correct Flag and General Officers promoted by Obama to take the place of Flag and General Officers removed from active duty for opposing the hollowing-out of the US Armed Forces and Obama’s Social Experiment On Diversity are now implementing the “Climate Change” directives into all levels of command throughout the US Armed Forces.

(8) Obama recently turned his back on 70 years of close relations with friendly Sunni allies in the Middle East (Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Bahrein), by executing a Nuclear Weapons Agreement (approved by the Republican-led Congress) that Obama and Hillary negotiated with Iran (the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world, which has been killing and maiming thousands of Americans for over 40 years).  That agreement is allowing Iran to develop nuclear weapons and ICBM missiles that can strike the US.  As part of the agreement, Obama gave Iran $150 billion in frozen assets, some of which, even Secretary of State Kerry admitted, will be used to sponsor terrorism.

(9) In a White House Rose Garden Ceremony, Obama shamelessly announced the exchange of a US Army deserter, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, USA, for five four-star Taliban General equivalents who will soon be leading radical Islamic terrorists on the battlefield in Afghanistan to attack and kill US military personnel.  Members of Congress are now alleging ransoms were paid to effect Begdahl’s release. One might term that dastardly action as aiding and abetting enemies of the United States.

(10) Obama is urging Congress to approve the closing of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and allow the transfer of the remaining detainees to the US in order to try them here (which would give them the same Constitutional protection that US citizens have).  LTG Thomas G. McInerney, USMA ‘59, USAF (Ret), who rose to the third-highest position in the US Air Force, said the US can’t be safer when 30 percent of the Islamic terrorist detainees released from Gitmo return to radical groups and continue their efforts to kill Americans, and that closing Gitmo would be a big mistake.  “They’re beheading people because of their radical ideology of Radical Islam, the Quran, the Hadith, and Shariah law,” he said. “That’s what motivates those people, not because they’ve got people in Gitmo.  If you’re (Radical Islamic Terrorists) caught on the battlefield, then you should be treated appropriately. We didn’t let the German and Japanese POWs go before the end of World War II, did we?  We ought to keep them there for the rest of their lives or until the war is over. We should not be releasing any of them,” LTG McInerney said. “What kind of president do we have that is basically aiding and abetting the enemy?”(WND.com 2/24/16)

Obama has been free from exposure of the above unpatriotic actions designed to destabilize the US Armed Forces because the left-of-center liberal media establishment is not doing its job of investigative journalism and because his newly-promoted Flag and General Officers have kept quiet so they wouldn’t be summarily relieved while they continue to quietly witness the degrading of the strength and “Combat-Effectiveness” of the US Armed Forces.  The US Congress has had the authority and power of the purse to oppose Obama’s very dangerous directives designed to degrade the strength of the US Armed Forces by acting on their Constitutional authority in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 14.of the US Constitution: “To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the Land and Naval Forces” to oppose Obama’s destructive military policies.

Obama continues to tell the American people that “Climate Change” is the most dangerous threat facing the Republic rather than the aggressiveness of China, Russia, Iran, Cuba, the Islamic State, and radical Islamic terrorism.  He continues with one directive after another, like this most recent “Climate Change” directive to degrade the strength of the US Armed Forces.  The “Climate Change” directive is sapping the energy of personnel at all levels of the US Armed Forces when they should be training to defend the Republic and preparing for combat with ISIS.  Please read Admiral Lyons’s referenced article on the subject.


Copyright 2016, Capt. Joseph R. John. All Rights Reserved. This material can only be posted on another Web site or distributed on the Internet by giving full credit to the author.  It may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission from the author.

Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62

Capt        USN(Ret)/Former FBI

Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC

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