Does Obama Care About the Troops?

afghanistan-us-obama-1On the day before Memorial Day, President Barack Obama secretly flew into Afghanistan for a surprise visit to the troops. “We’re going to stay strong by taking care of our wounded warriors and our veterans. Because helping our wounded warriors and veterans heal isn’t just a promise, it’s a sacred obligation … I’m here to say that I’m proud of you,” he stated.

But he wasn’t in Afghanistan out of mere pride for the troops. As usual, Obama was using the troops for political purposes. Whether he’s taking credit for their successful missions (“Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan”) or portraying them as victims of brutal, hawkish foreign policy (we “have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted” in Iraq), the troops are but implements in Obama’s quest for political victory.

And so Obama headed for Afghanistan when news broke that hospitals with the Veterans Affairs had falsified waitlists, resulting in the deaths of dozens of veterans. Because he cares.

This follows a long pattern for Obama. In April 2009, Obama flew to Iraq for a surprise visit. The press dutifully recorded accounts of cheering throngs of troops eager to get a picture of the president with their cameras. They did not, however, report on allegations at the time that soldiers were pre-screened for placement at the Obama event, and that cameras were handed out to the troops.

In October 2009, Obama got up early — earlier even than he usually does for his tee times — to visit Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, and watch the coffins of fallen soldiers come home, amid accusations that the war in Afghanistan was spiraling out of control.

The New York Times reported, “The images and the sentiment of the president’s five-hour trip to Delaware were intended by the White House to convey to the nation that Mr. Obama was not making his Afghanistan decision lightly or in haste.” That sentence disappeared from the original report shortly after it hit the Internet.

The following month, Obama visited Osan Air Base in South Korea, where he stood before troops and stated, “you guys make a pretty good photo op.” He used that perspective to its full advantage one month later, when he announced his short-term, midlevel surge in Afghanistan at West Point (New York).

And, of course, when push came to shove during his re-election campaign, Obama showed up — surprise! — in Afghanistan, on the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, where he stated, “The goal that I set — to defeat al-Qaida and deny it a chance to rebuild — is now within our reach.”

Obama has slashed military funding at historic levels; he insisted that sequestration cuts come largely from the Defense Department. His Veterans Affairs is a shambles, yet he won’t fire his top man, Eric Shinseki. Iraq is collapsing. Afghanistan will soon follow.

But he routinely claims that he loves the troops.

Do you believe him?

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  • JayBee

    Obama went to Afghanistan for a surprise visit? The troops must have got tingles up their legs. He told them he was proud of them? They must have swooned. Even though his entire trip was meant to use them as props in his damage control campaign, he made it all about himself – as usual. I’m surprised he didn’t officially rename Memorial Day to “Obama Day.”

    • catherineinpvb

      Good grief. . .there is still time; and no doubt, Zero has his ‘policy’ Bucket List. . .He probably does not want to be ‘lumped’ into ‘President’s Day’ either. . .(and may well, not be; after all said,done. . .)

      For this man; every day is an O-day. Liberalism/Leftism, clearly the religion of ‘self'; and narcissists ‘love it’. Add to that, a pathological, mega-narcissism; and you have a man, who must remind us; on behalf of himself – and almost daily – that HE is the President. And he wears a heavily starched shirt to give frame to his empty, pressed-out suit – so as to prove it.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Obama cares only about Obama.

  • nimbii

    He would care if the troops were Mexican troops crossing the Southern border. Sign them up for social services and get they ready to vote.

    • JDinSTL

      By all means… vote Democrat. Finish us off

  • victoryman

    Your question, “Does Obama Care About the Troops” has a simple, one word answer. No.

  • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

    I believe that Ben Shapiro does some work for Breitbart and organization that has been part of the cover-up of the biggest scandal this country has ever had, the use of fraudulent documents by Barack Hussein Obama in his rise to power. Breitbart fired one of their top investigative journalist because he dare prove that the BIRTHERS were 100% accurate in their reporting on the fraudulent activity by Obama and his enablers. That is a cover-up friends. At this point Frontpage is also making every effort not to talk about or write about the fraudulent documents. Shameless!

  • Lazlo

    He needs to be taken out; to the curb with the rest of the trash.

  • Lanna

    What happens after he destroys the US military and the veterans? The people will be next.

  • Libslayer

    A Jew hating troll weighs in with nonsense.
    Double Obama voter for sure.

  • SoCalMike

    I never dreamed the US would elect someone like Obama with Kerry and Hillary in tow who would actually make the team of Bill Clinton and Madeline Albright look good by comparison.

  • Dana Garcia

    What about the Marine held by Mexico? Obama hasn’t lifted a finger to help. Obama is only there for the photo op, not the effort.

  • MrUniteUs1

    Does Obama care about the troops. Yes before and after became President. He’s demonstrated this by words in deeds. Not only for the troops, but veterans, and their families. Remember he’s the grandson of a WWII of veteran.

  • MrUniteUs1

    Do VA administrators care about Veterans? Not the ones in Phoenix.
    Do Republicans care about Veterans? No according to their votes.