Posted By LambChop
President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney may be statistically close in a number of surveys and polls, but among military members, Romney crushes Obama 66 percent to 26 percent, according to a new poll from the Military Times.
The poll also indicates that military personnel and vets are concerned about the same things as the civilian population - 41 percent of respondents said the economy is the most important issue, compared to only 16 percent for national security.
While Osama bin Laden was put on ice during Obama’s term, the subsequent spiking of the football (remember gutsycall.com?) irked many current and former service members. Obama immediately disclosed bin Laden’s death without time for further intelligence to be gathered. Similarly disclosure of details of the raid (unit, cover name, etc.) and of the identity of the Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA were made public. This was taken one step further when the Obama administration invited a team of Hollywood movie makers inside to reveal even more classified details. The military has also been concerned about the disclosure of the American/Israeli cyber attack details against Iran which were made known, as well as the President’s “kill list.”
These condemnations from the military are more than a “loose lips” criticism of the President – it is moral and cultural rift as well. Those in the military see the President’s politicization of successful operations as reflective of his inability to perform successfully as Commander in Chief.
To those who have served, the well-being of the nation is placed before individual accomplishment. These ideals seem to be foreign to Obama, part of the cynical baby- boomer generation who value philosophy, theology, and diplomacy over action. Obama reflects a certain intellectual disdain of military combat and the men and women who serve.The decision of the Obama administration to sue the State of Ohio and block a new state law allowing men and women in uniform to vote up until the Monday right before an election, extending the time THREE days over the weekend (cutoff for early voting in Ohio is typically Friday before the election). While the Obama administration is merely following Chicago style politics (business as usual for the Obama Administration), the covert message Obama is sending to the military results in mistrust – a steep chasm of values between service men and women and the Obama administration that will not likely be repaired before November's election.