President Barack Obama will leave office on Jan. 20 with negative reviews from most members of the U.S. military. More than half the troops in a new poll had an unfavorable opinion of Obama´s leadership of the military for the past eight years, and about 36 percent said they approved of his performance as commander in chief, according to the latest survey by the Military Times and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University.
I HOPE they hold a negative view. They should. Professionally the military is not supposed to criticiae. However, like everyone else in our society, they are reluctant to criticize out of fear of being labled a racist.
I don´t believe the numbers for a minute. My son was a naval officer for most of 0bama´s tenure. My judgment from his and his colleagues (somewhat guarded ) comments was that the number could be as high as 80%, at least in the Officer ranks.
I think 36% was pulled out of the air. Here in Colorado Springs (Fort Carson, Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB, Cheyenne Mtn AFS, and the USAF Academy), Obama is despised, ridiculed, and viewed as an international fool. I have never heard any military member speak favorably of him.
I have the opposite guess as #10. If we can believe the 36% number, I suspect it is officers watching out for their careers. Back in the Klinton days I remember one (and only one) senior NCO who was a Klinton supporter even behind closed doors. He went into complete meltdown when Bush won and retired shortly thereafter.
Obama has done nothing for the military except weed out the good senior officers, rob all Iraq and Afghanistan veterans of victories on the battlefield and force upon them gays, traitors, bisexuals, transgenders and dangerous muslims. Those who allegedly support him are either clueless, extremely stupid or regard race above competence.
A former State Department IT technician who set up Hillary Clinton´s private email server in her home may face criminal charges for avoiding multiple subpoenas to testify on Clinton´s email server. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter on Thursday to Attorney General Jeff Session asking that Bryan Pagliano be charged for ignoring multiple subpoenas requesting that he testify before the Oversight Committee. Pagliano was responsible for managing Clinton´s private server and also served as a senior adviser to the former secretary of state.
Nearly 2,000 people are believed to have died from opioid overdoses last year in Massachusetts, a record tally of death and suffering that came despite widespread public and private campaigns to stanch the state’s addiction crisis.A state Department of Public Health report released Friday showed that opioids were confirmed as the cause of 1,465 deaths and suspected in 514 additional deaths. Opioids killed or were suspected of killing five times more people than died in car crashes.The main culprit appeared to be the drug fentanyl, which was present in an increasing number of cases, even as heroin-related deaths declined. Illegal
On Friday, President Donald Trump and his entourage will jet for the third straight weekend to a working getaway at his oceanfront Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.On Saturday, Trump’s sons Eric and Don Jr., with their Secret Service details in tow, will be nearly 8,000 miles away in the United Arab Emirates, attending the grand opening of a Trump-brand golf resort in the ‘‘Beverly Hills of Dubai.’’ Meanwhile, New York police will keep watch outside the Trump Tower in Manhattan, the chosen home of first lady Melania Trump and son Barron. And the tiny township of Bedminster, New Jersey, is Source corrected
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