Obama has no Respect or Empathy for our Troops

 Obama’s eyes never welled up, writes former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. But that is just the latest example of Obama’s lack of empathy for Americans serving their nation.

Jim Geraghty writes at National Review:

Gates writes that, unlike Bush, Obama lacked “passion, especially when it came to the two wars.”

Gates also writes that Obama did not believe in the mission and only wanted to scratch Afghanistan off his to do list-regardless of the sacrifices made there by our military. He sent soldiers to do battle with a strategy and leadership he did not believe in and with no commitment to success.  One might fault Bush for various actions as President but he was committed to win and took politically-risky decisions to do so (the surge in Iraq)

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“I worked for Obama longer than Bush and I never saw his eyes well up,” Gates writes. “The only military matter, apart from leaks, about which I ever sensed deep passion on his part was ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,'” the law prohibiting gays from serving openly in the military that Obama successfully pushed to repeal.

Clearly, Gates is referring to soldiers injured or killed in the line of duty.  One recalls that George Bush gave up golf – a sport he loved-during his presidency – because he felt it unseemly and insensitive for a commander-in-chief to swing golf clubs while Americans were in harm’s way. Barack Obama, in contrast, has never stopped playing golf.

There are many other examples of Obama’s lack of knowledge or concern regarding our military.

Here is a sampling:

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He really does not care-he does not know how to pronounce corpseman; slashed benefits to veterans and funding for the military; does not even understand what Memorial Day represents in America (he sees dead people ); said the deaths in Benghazi were ” not optimal”; that America can absorb a terror attack; has his administration describe the terror attack and deaths at Fort Hood as “workplace violence” and disses the dead by shooting the breeze with reporters before addressing the tragedy at Ft. Hood.

He also just doesn’t care much for America or Americans. He is not only a notorious loner who “does not like people” (in the words of a former aide).  He has an empathy deficit, a character trait I wrote about over three years ago in “Obama’s Empathy Deficit.”

He is the textbook example of a narcissist. And a very cold-hearted one at that. He only saves his warmth to flamethrow Republicans.