Obama’s Approval With The Military Hits An All-Time Low

Obama And The Military

The long-term effects of Obama’s social policies on the military remain unknown. But one thing is clear: He is a deeper unpopular commander in chief among the troops.

According to a Military Times survey of almost 2,300 active-duty service members, Obama’s popularity — never high to begin with — has crumbled, falling from 35 percent in 2009 to just 15 percent this year, while his disapproval ratings have increased to 55 percent from 40 percent over that time.

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  1. Any one that has ever served in the military should be disgusted.
    President Bush made the military benefits conditional on how needy you are. That was never voted on. It came about because the government claimed it didn’t have the funds to do the job properly. That was years before the current scandal came about. It was an executive order by President George Bush in around 2003-4. Some people got their benefits by being grandfathered in or having served on active duty in Vietnam. Every other survivor of the U.S. Military couldn’t make money in civilian life and keep their health care Veteran Benefits. Yet when one of their projects came up like saving the major banks, all kinds of money was available for that project.
    When I was in, the great sin was having to go to Vietnam and possibly get killed for no apparent reason whatsoever.
    The great sin in the Air Force was not to go to college so it looked good on the promotional boards held every 6 months.
    I say the management is at fault. The management being the U.S. Congress and the President of the country who has the title of commander-in-chief. That several of them have less than honorable backgrounds with the U.S. Military might have something to do with their lack of respect for men giving their lives for their country.
    I do not feel that homosexuals should be discriminated against. Send them out to the front lines with everyone else. Train them as a unit.
    Do the same thing with the women in service. They want equality I think they should have it. That means they go in as units not mixed with everyone else. We are not running a meat market for people that are serving in situations that risk their lives. Neither are we giving the women the right to yell every time there is a discipline issue. If they are segregated in training then that is not an issue. After training I have no issue with them being assigned in a mixed group.
    But I also think the draft is one of the worst abuses of discrimination ever put out by anyone. It specifically discriminated against anyone that was completely healthy and of sound mind. Instead it let the people that were not 100% survive while the healthy American Male was shot at. Is it any wonder that we have increased the welfare roles like we have over the years?
    Leave the Chaplain Service alone to do their jobs. Right now we recognize at least 3 major religious belief systems. Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant Chaplains are common in service. They are trained to handle anyone’s belief system in an emergency. I think that has to be expanded to insure that other faiths have representation.
    I would like to see a President out there that has served honorably in the military that has no contamination with POW in their backgrounds.
    The very environment of a POW camp makes serving as the Commander in chief a risky proposition as any good psychiatrist will tell you.
    I think a strong military background might straighten out a whole bunch of problems if it is someone that has worked day to day with other personnel both enlisted and officer ranks.
    Whoever takes over in 2016 had better have a firm knowledge of economics as well as military strategy. The next President will face many challenges which require a good general knowledge of many skills. That person better have a good political base and control.
    Right now it might be a Republican Congress and a Republican President. That is like signing over your Power of Attorney to someone that might write a blank check.
    We are right now two heart beats away from having a Republican President. (The third in line to run the country is John Boehner, Republican Speaker of the House). This actually occurred in fiction. The West WIng show had a situation where the President had to temporarily step down and the Vice was not available.
    I suggest in the future that we will again be faced with a draft during wartime. This is the time when that law needs a complete overhaul. We cry about discrimination in the military about whether they are female or even gay or both. What we need is a law that faces the situation that everyone can be drafted no matter what your exceptions are.
    I like the idea of volunteer professionals in service. What I do not like is the abuse of those same professionals by sending them 4 and 5 times into hazardous duty. Professional leadership means we attract a professional military. Amateur Leadership makes professionals not re-enlist. I wouldn’t enlist under the current leadership. So why would anyone else? If you want pros you are going to have to pay them well and give them good working conditions.
    But I think it is time that the entire military budget should get a firm overhaul. I think someone familiar with the needs of our combat troops balanced with the need for professional military equipment would be good. Logistically I see no profit in putting together equipment that costs a lot of money and can be destroyed in 15-30 minutes. That situation destroyed the Russian Military in Afghanistan in the 90s.
    It could easily destroy our entire Navy in today’s world of weapon systems.
    That situation occurs because the people in charge are in the control of the Industrial Complex just like President Eisenhower predicted.
    If you want pros running things, then you have to give them a long leash to work with.
    It also would be good if those same pros have the backing of the Veterans Administration, period. That means no social garbage about how much you make in civilian life. You want pros you have to pay them like pros. I don’t see that happening any where soon under the current leadership.

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