I was talking to my sister-in-law on Monday evening; she is, or at least was, a die-hard Democrat, who voted for Barack Hussein Obama twice, but is finally, finally! having doubts that he really has the best interests of America at heart. The source of her change of heart is the agreement concerning Iran and its nuclear weapons program, and our esteemed President’s seeming antipathy for Israel.
And now even The Washington Post is starting to question things:
Under fire for inaction, Obama orders flags lowered for Chattanooga victims
By Steven Mufson and Greg Jaffe | July 21 at 8:35 PM
The American flag is lowered to half-staff above the White House on July 21 to honor the five U.S. service members who were killed by a gunman in Chattanooga, Tenn., last week. (Andrew Harnik/AP) Click to enlarge.
PITTSBURGH — President Obama, facing growing criticism from conservatives and some veterans, ordered all American flags on federal grounds to be lowered to half-staff for the remainder of the week to honor the five service members killed at a naval reserve center in Chattanooga, Tenn.The move was announced Tuesday, five days after the shooting rampage and just minutes after Obama delivered a speech here at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in which he defended his Iran nuclear deal, called for more military spending, and criticized Republicans for relying too heavily on military force and threats instead of diplomacy. . . . .
But even as he spoke, the president faced stinging criticism that he hadn’t acted swiftly enough to honor the dead by lowering the flag at the White House and federal buildings around the country.
“Oh one more thing, lower the FLAG!!!!!!!! Sir,” former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, author of the best-selling book “Lone Survivor,” wrote on his Facebook page.
That critique was then echoed on Capitol Hill, where House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) moved quickly to lower the flag to half-staff on the Capitol grounds.
And the money line:
The midsummer tempest highlighted how Obama — six years into his tenure as commander in chief — continues to be pressed to defend his patriotism, his support for the military and his toughness.
There’s more at the linked original.
President Obama is the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of the United States; the four Marines and the sailor who were killed in the Chattanooga terrorist attack were men under his command, men who had all either enlisted or re-enlisted after Mr Obama became President, and he showed them absolutely no respect until political pressure forced him into it.
I can understand that the President has a lot on his plate, all the time, every single day, and it might not have occurred to him that the flag needed to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the troops under his command being killed. But the political pressure had been building for three days to get that done, and the odds are vanishingly small that none of his political aides, people paid good money to keep on top of these things, never reminded the President that the flag needed to be lowered well before it finally was.
The obvious, but completely unprovable truth here is that someone had to have approached the President earlier and asked if the flag should be lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims, and President Obama said no.
It took more than five years, and congressional action, for the victims of the Fort Hood massacre to be considered anything other than victims of “workplace violence,” something that the President could have taken care of years previously . . . if he had wanted to do so; it’s obvious that he didn’t.
CBS News found that the Veterans Administration was discarding some veterans’ benefits claims. Would any VA leadership do that, risking going to jail, without orders from the top? And Fox News Insider reported just yesterday that a new VA whistleblower is alleging that:
34,000 men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are losing their guaranteed five-year eligibility for VA service due to “systematic obstacles.”
(Scott Davis) explained that combat veterans are not required to verify their income when applying for VA benefits. But the enrollment applications of 34,000 such veterans were delayed when the VA system designated them as pending, because they lacked income information.
Davis said that when he notified VA officials of the issue, it was ignored.
He added that 16,000 of the 34,000 vets have already already lost their five-year eligibility, which he says was intentionally done by the VA.
Really what conclusion is reasonable, is even possible, other than that President Obama and his top staffers simply do not like the military, and that their actions, and inactions, and constant slights confirm this?
No man who does not respect the military should ever be elected to become the Commander-in-Chief. January 20, 2017 cannot come fast enough.