Post-election concerns re: nat’l security, military climate

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Chad Groening (

A former diplomat and national security expert believes the re-election of Barack Obama is very bad news for the United States. And a retired Army chaplain has similar concerns from the standpoint of what it means for the "gay" agenda in the military.

In the wake of Obama's victory, John Bolton -- the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations -- offered his assessment of what Americans can expect on the national security front during a second Obama term. Bolton, appearing Wednesday on Sandy Rios in the Morning on American Family Radio, says the nation's adversaries are emboldened.


"The signal that was being sent around the world is that we have a weak and inattentive president," he stated, "and our adversaries have assessed that the same way and they've recalibrated their policies so that the challenges, the pace, and the scope of the challenges we face would increase in a second Obama term -- and I am absolutely sure that's going to happen."

Bolton says Obama was able to fool the voters that he is a strong national defense leader.

"I think the people wanted a strong leader. I think Governor Romney could have demonstrated that," he observes. "You have to be able to demonstrate that you can sit behind the big desk in the Oval Office and make life-or-death decisions in national security. I think that's critical and the president was very good at playing commander-in-chief -- and I'm afraid he got away with it."

Bolton believes Mitt Romney could have gone after Obama on some of the president's national defense failures, but chose not to do so.

The direction of the military

When it comes to the issue of national defense, a retired Army chaplain says Barack Obama's re-election could very well mean more military service members marching while in uniform in "gay pride" parades.

The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty says it is disappointed with the results of Tuesday's election, having been hopeful for a change in administrations and changes in the Senate that would support legislation protecting chaplains and those they serve from any reprisals in an increasing difficult climate.

Crews, Col. Ron (Chaplain Alliance)Col. Ron Crews (USA-Ret.) served as an Army chaplain for 28 years and now serves as a spokesman for the Alliance.

"We're concerned about the direction that this administration will take now that there are no bounds because there's no election standing in front of them," he shares. "We are concerned that things like wearing the uniform in gay pride parades will continue. [And we're concerned that] they'll continue pushing the radical social agenda and turning our armed forces into this social experiment to promote the radical homosexual agenda."

But Crews says he is telling his chaplains to continue to stand fast and serve with grace and dignity and to be very clear that believers stand before a living God who will hold them accountable for their actions.

"I keep reminding myself of the old hymn that [says] my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness -- and that our ultimate hope is in our God who is able to change hearts," says Crews.

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