On July 15, 2014, speaking at the Brookings Institute think tank in Washington, DC, the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, 4-star Gen. James Amos, openly and publicly criticized Commander-In-Chief Barack Hussein Obama.
Speaking at the Brookings Institute, Amos criticized the Obama administration for:
1. Paving the way for the emergence of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) by completely withdrawing American troops in 2011. Amos said: “I have a hard time believing that had we been there, and worked with the government, and worked with parliament, and worked with the minister of defense, the minister of interior, I don’t think we’d be in the same shape we’re in today.”
2. Failing to live up to U.S. obligations around the world. Amos said: “We may think we’re done with all of these nasty, thorny, tacky little things that are going on around the world — and I’d argue that if you’re in that nation, it’s not a tacky, little thing for you. We may think we’re done with them, but they’re not done with us. We’re probably the only country in the world that has the resources and the capability to be able to do some of this that others can’t.”
3. Forfeiting gains made in Iraq and Afghanistan for which U.S. troops had fought and sacrificed. Referring to the fall of the Anbar province in Iraq, which Marines won in 2010 and in which 852 Marines were killed and another 8,500 injured, Amos said “It breaks our hearts. They believed that they’d made a difference.”
Interesting and very courageous of him. But lets hope that it doesn’t come to US Military actually taking any action that effects the executive or legislative branches of our government. That would mean that the US had descended to the level of a third world banana republic. Our military has great values and an admirable culture but it’s not transferable to the rest of the US at large by force.
Hope that the current resistance to the Regime by citizen groups and growing political clout of conservative politicians is enough to Change things back. If not it may come to war. But let it be arms of free citizens raised in their own defense and to secure a future for their children. Arms raised to stop the thief of their means to satisfy the indolent, to smash the barriers to free enterprise and tear down the banners of socialism and collectivism.