Breaking Faith – How the President has disappointed and failed our military
I would take a bullet to protect President Obama.
That’s not something you likely expected to read on a right-wing blog, I imagine. But it’s true. Like him or not, like his policies or loathe them (as I do), he’s the President of the United States of America, and my Commander-in-Chief. I would hold it as the highest honor to have saved his life. I genuinely hope that he serves the rest of his term in safety and peace — and that his life after the Presidency might be a continuation of that safety and peace.
In the military, we are trained to have high regard for our civilian leadership. The service Secretaries, for example, are addressed as “the Honorable,” even if we have received no evidence of their honor. We expect them to behave honorably, as a proxy of the person who appoints them. Honor is something that is lost on many Americans these days, and is even more rare in Washington – but in the ageless memory of military tradition, honor is crucial to the relationships among the members of a unit. A military person’s honor and integrity must be spotless, because we must trust each other completely when in combat.
We are a professional military, and must remain non-partisan in all our official capacities. It is because of this non-partisan, non-political stance that we have remained in such high regard by the American public. Since we’re the guys with all the guns, it’s important that we stay out of politics — otherwise, we’d just be Egypt.
But in the military, there is nothing worse than a faithless comrade. And before the ACLU starts screaming, I don’t mean atheists. I mean a person who you just can’t trust.
When I go to war, I must believe that the honor of my leaders is unimpeachable. I have to believe that if I am captured, they will do everything that they possibly can to bring me home alive. While captured, I must do something called “keeping the faith” with my fellow captives. This means that, no matter what waits for me in the hands of the enemy, I may never break the trust between me and my fellow prisoners of war. So when I say what I’m about to say, the above is just a taste of my state of mind.
I don’t believe my Commander-in-Chief spares a second thought for me. I don’t think he cares about me, or that he would release the full wrath of the mightiest military force the world has ever known, just to bring me home alive. I genuinely believe that, if I were to take a bullet to save his life, my funeral would become an opportunity for him to give a campaign speech on behalf of whatever endangered Democrat happened to be running for office in my home state.
I think these things, because my Commander-in-Chief has broken faith with me, and my military brothers and sisters. We have repeatedly gone to war for him, in the far-flung reaches of the empire, to stamp out terrorist cells before they have the chance to attack American interests. But he cannot muster the outrage to properly investigate the gross incompetence of the leading Democrat candidate for President in 2016, because that would be politically inconvenient. He cannot muster the outrage to fire a man who, for five years, knew that men who poured off of the Inchon and survived the Korean War were dying in hospital waiting rooms in the most medically advanced country in the world. Men who lived through Vietnam were being killed through bureaucratic inertia, and they knew… and did nothing.
Which is the same thing they did for Ambassador Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, Jaime Zapata and Brian Terry.
I’ve been sitting back, gritting my teeth, hoping I could just survive his Presidency. But to be perfectly honest, I’ve seen my future, and it looks like the Veterans Affairs administration, where nobody is held accountable. That’s pretty depressing.
I would still take a bullet for the President, even now, because my honor is not dependent on his actions. That’s the way it should be, and I’m glad that the military has taught me to live that way — too many presidents have failed to live up to the honor that should have been theirs. This one has failed as well, and it’s just incredibly sad.