President Obama's merry visit to Oz (aka the Pentagon)

Monday saw one of those interesting reminders that victory in politics has consequences, as our president has previously stated.  Obama went to the Pentagon for only the third time in seven years while serving as our commander-in-chief.  He said that he needed to get information directly from his military leaders to ensure that he is getting the facts of his battle with ISIS unblemished by his White House advisers.  This leaves one with many questions.  However, he refused to take any yesterday.

To begin, why does he not get honest information from his military advisers at the White House?  Do they feel nervous to talk to him in the presence of the political people?  Or are they never left to give him information in the Oval Office without the political people present?  Better still, do they fear repercussions from telling the president what the public already understands: that we are not defeating or degrading ISIS?  They cannot be more afraid of losing their jobs (and their boss) than they fear ISIS, or should I re-evaluate that statement?

Those several minutes at the Pentagon were among the saddest in Pentagon history.  These military leaders in the background were props in a Kabuki theater play aimed at convincing the population that the military strategy against ISIS is working.  By the way, if it is working, then why are we hitting them harder now than several months ago?  Further, have the French, hardly known as modern warmongers, decided to take a step back and reduce the air campaign?  But then, their socialist president recognized the three attacks in France in 2015 as acts of terrorism.

Many retired military personnel and civil leaders have noted that the president is hesitant to take advice contrary to his conception of the world.  They bravely tell us this in books, interviews, or op-eds; they did not generally resign in protest.  One such admiral was shifted from the Pentagon, where he was the public information officer giving press reports unwelcome by the White House, to the State Department, where he now routinely stretches the truth beyond sensible belief.  Such bravery can’t be defined.

The president’s speech a week ago Sunday only added to the public’s disbelief in his military leadership.  The press has moved the narrative to Trump’s overstatement regarding Islamic people visiting America to shield the president.  Yet the message had its effect in lowered polls numbers for Obama.  The public has awakened to his disregard for our safety.  He is trying to remake not America, but the world.  The image is one of instability in the Middle East (Arab winter), Europe (discontent and altered ethnic identity), disruption to American culture and economy through political correctness, and the spread of the ISIS caliphate throughout the world.  Watch the screen at the Pentagon (as in The Wizard of Oz) and not the man behind the curtain in charge of the policy.

Monday saw one of those interesting reminders that victory in politics has consequences, as our president has previously stated.  Obama went to the Pentagon for only the third time in seven years while serving as our commander-in-chief.  He said that he needed to get information directly from his military leaders to ensure that he is getting the facts of his battle with ISIS unblemished by his White House advisers.  This leaves one with many questions.  However, he refused to take any yesterday.

To begin, why does he not get honest information from his military advisers at the White House?  Do they feel nervous to talk to him in the presence of the political people?  Or are they never left to give him information in the Oval Office without the political people present?  Better still, do they fear repercussions from telling the president what the public already understands: that we are not defeating or degrading ISIS?  They cannot be more afraid of losing their jobs (and their boss) than they fear ISIS, or should I re-evaluate that statement?

Those several minutes at the Pentagon were among the saddest in Pentagon history.  These military leaders in the background were props in a Kabuki theater play aimed at convincing the population that the military strategy against ISIS is working.  By the way, if it is working, then why are we hitting them harder now than several months ago?  Further, have the French, hardly known as modern warmongers, decided to take a step back and reduce the air campaign?  But then, their socialist president recognized the three attacks in France in 2015 as acts of terrorism.

Many retired military personnel and civil leaders have noted that the president is hesitant to take advice contrary to his conception of the world.  They bravely tell us this in books, interviews, or op-eds; they did not generally resign in protest.  One such admiral was shifted from the Pentagon, where he was the public information officer giving press reports unwelcome by the White House, to the State Department, where he now routinely stretches the truth beyond sensible belief.  Such bravery can’t be defined.

The president’s speech a week ago Sunday only added to the public’s disbelief in his military leadership.  The press has moved the narrative to Trump’s overstatement regarding Islamic people visiting America to shield the president.  Yet the message had its effect in lowered polls numbers for Obama.  The public has awakened to his disregard for our safety.  He is trying to remake not America, but the world.  The image is one of instability in the Middle East (Arab winter), Europe (discontent and altered ethnic identity), disruption to American culture and economy through political correctness, and the spread of the ISIS caliphate throughout the world.  Watch the screen at the Pentagon (as in The Wizard of Oz) and not the man behind the curtain in charge of the policy.