An advocate for sound policy in the military says President
Obama needs to be called to task for what she deems a condescending
comment he made during the most recent presidential debate.
During Monday's foreign policy debate in Boca Raton, Florida,
Republican nominee Mitt Romney attacked President Obama for his
massive military cuts, specifically noting the dwindling size of
the Navy. The president responded by accusing Romney of not taking
the time to see how the military works.
"You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer
ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer
horses and bayonets because the nature of our military's changed,"
the president stated.
But Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military
Readiness (CMR), suggests that Obama has forgotten the fact
that Vice President Joe Biden attended the dedication of a special statue last year in New York
"It's dedicated to the Special Operations Green Beret Horse
Soldiers," she notes. "They vanquished the Taliban, and at that
time, horses were the best means of transportation in that
mountainous terrain -- the home of the cave-living terrorists who
plotted murderous attacks on America."
Donnelly also determines that Obama is unaware of a book by a
retired infantry officer whose platoon ran out of ammunition during
a battle in Afghanistan in 2006.
"The infantry platoon that the author led was in repeated
battles and ambushes in the Hindu Kush," the CMR president
references. "They saw soldiers coming at them with scimitars --
that's the weapon that is used to behead people. And yes, they
fought with bayonets. It was the last resort that they had."
She concludes that President Obama is the one who has not taken
the time to see how the military works, so his comment should not
be allowed to stand.