While President Obama boasts of ending the War in Afghanistan, a Marine dad's letter from 2012 helps put this "achievement" in perfect perspective.
The comments on a letter of condolence from President Obama to Steven R. Hogan, posted publicly, tells a much different narrative than the one the White House and much of the news media have trumpeted.
The letter reads:
"Mr. Barrack Hussein Obama,
I am deeply saddened that you are the President of the United States. You sir are an embarrassment to the Oval Office. My son, as well as most Marines I know, despise you and your lack of representation for our military.
Your ridiculous rules of engagement have caused the massive amount of casualties on your watch in Afghanistan. While we watch your media pander to your administration and clearly sweep things under the rug for you, I fully understand Marines die. You have tied their hands & feet!
I am thankful I did not serve under a Comm. in Chief such as you. I am sickened that my son had to. I wonder... I doubt that you will see this, I hope you do though!"
Last week, the President once again announced the end of "combat operations" in Afghanistan, although he said that our troops will remain there to fight what he called "the remnants of al Qaeda." This is what he said:
“We’ve been in continuous war now for almost thirteen years—over 13 years, and next week we will be ending our combat mission in Afghanistan. Obviously, because of the extraordinary service of the men and women in the American armed forces, Afghanistan has a chance to rebuild its own country. We are safer. It’s not going to be a source of terrorist attacks again,”
The President gave a similar statement at Fort Bragg, NC, in December 2011. Early in his presidency, July 2009, the President said that "victory" was not necessarily the goal in Afghanistan.
While our troops have fought a brutal enemy under weak rules of engagement, fully knowing the President's stated intention to pull us out of Afghanistan, the Taliban has pursued an insurgent strategy of harassment and "waiting it out." This week, the Taliban leadership scoffed at the United States in the wake of its announcement that it was ending "combat operations."
The president has recently freed numerous terrorists being held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, some of them Taliban members from Afghanistan, knowing full-well many detainees intend to return to the battlefield and pursue war against the United States.
President Obama's approval rating with military members has plummeted to an all-time low of 15%, while his disapproval has escalated to 55%. Nearly four military members who have an opinion disapprove rather than approve of the President's job as Commander-in-Chief .