Barack Obama almost destroy the United States military.
His social justice agenda for the military made America the butt of jokes around the world. The single best thing to ever happen to the military in its history was when President Donald Trump became their Commander in Chief.
And now President Trump is making another change from the Obama era.
According to Fox News:
President Trump will name Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to succeed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, Fox News has learned.
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The announcement will be made Saturday at the Army-Navy game, sources said.
Speaking to reporters earlier Friday, Trump hinted an announcement related to the Joint Chiefs of Staff was forthcoming as he unveiled other picks. He said he would nominate William Barr for attorney general and Heather Nauert for U.N. ambassador.
“I have another one for tomorrow that I’m going to be announcing at the Army-Navy game,” Trump said. “I can give you a little hint: It will have to do with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and succession.”
Having attended the Marine Military Academy, I’m partial to Marine. They are the finest fighting force on the planet bar none. As their fight song goes, “From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli”, the Marines have kicked ass all over the world. And anytime one is put in a position of authority, I celebrate.
Obama’s agenda for the military was not one of readiness. Part of me believes he intentionally attempted to decimate the military, to bring America down to size.
During his tenure some of the best military men on the planet resigned their commissions. Many of them I know personally. I had Navy SEALs contact me, saying “Kev, this is not the military I signed up for.”
So when Obama appointed General Joseph Dunford to head the Joint Chiefs of Staff, my radar went up on the general. More on that in a bit. First, let’s look at what Obama did to the military.
As The Washington Post reported early during the Obama administration:
President Obama had been in office for only five months when he relieved Army Gen. David McKiernan as the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The new president made the move on the recommendation of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who told the president that he wanted “fresh thinking” and “fresh eyes” in Afghanistan. McKiernan was the first top wartime commander to be dismissed since Harry S. Truman’s removal of Gen. Douglas MacArthur in 1951.
“We have a new strategy, a new mission and a new ambassador. I believe that new military leadership is also needed,” Gates said at a hastily convened Pentagon news conference.
The article goes on to discuss General McChrystal and Obama’s private meeting with him to set the Afghanistan strategy.
A few months later, McChrystal was fired.
McChrystal was fired in June 2010, one year into his command, after he and his staff were quoted in a Rolling Stone magazine profile making derisive remarks about top White House officials, including Biden.
Biden is a dolt. And most of Obama’s staffers were completely incompetent, but loyal Leftists.
Obama replaced McChrystal with Gen. David H. Petraeus. Petraeus rose to fame under Bush in the Iraqi war.
Obama’s own Defense Secretary Robert Gates knew Obama’s only motive. And in his memoir, Gates recounted a tense 2011 meeting with the president in the White House Situation Room.
“As I sat there, I thought: The president doesn’t trust his commander, can’t stand Karzai, doesn’t believe in his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out.”
The old, “Tuck tail and run” strategy.
Next came General John Allen:
Gen. John R. Allen took command in Afghanistan in July 2011. Faced with an order from Obama to withdraw 23,000 troops during his first year in command, Allen hastily transformed the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan.
By now, it was clear to military brass that they were not there to win any war. No more large U.S. counterinsurgency operations advocated by his predecessors. Instead Allen implemented Obama TTR, accelerated a handover of responsibility to Afghan security forces. These forces were wholly unready to fight. Because Obama retooled the military in his image.
Finally, we get to Dunsford. WaPo writes,
Gen. Joseph Dunford took over command from Allen in February 2013 and managed the withdrawal of American forces for his next 18 months in command. The Marine general earned respect at the White House through his efforts to balance the ongoing fight against the Taliban with the political demands of home, where officials were eager to curtail the military footprint before Obama’s departure in 2017. With some reluctance, Dunford signed off on the White House’s plan to cut the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to 1,000 by the end of 2017. Eventually, Taliban gains and the struggle of the Afghan Security Forces led Obama to abandon that plan.
Obama failed. And Dunford failed to get Obama to stop the bleeding until it was almost too late. For his efforts, Dunford was appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
I don’t want to politicize the military. But I repeat that anybody Obama put in charge who allowed what became of the military under Obama is not fit for duty.
I know little about General Milley. But I’m glad that President Trump is now making selections for who’s in charge. Under his leadership, America will MMGA: Make the Military Great Again.