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Duane V. Grassell / July 23, 2014

An Examination of the United States at War During a Democrat Presidency from World War I to the Present

If one were to examine our nation’s conduct in war while a member of the Democrat party was president, you would find a common thread in their war policy. An examination would reveal that this common thread has gotten more extreme and harmful to our Constitutional Republic.

For well over a century, the Democrats have adopted the wrong position in the defense of this nation and on the wrong side of related policy. Even during the Civil War of the 19th century, the Democrats fought to maintain slavery and when they regained power sometime after their defeat, they enacted Jim Crow laws that denied Constitutional protections to slaves that had been freed.

High school history books tell us the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, and the American lives lost in this attack, was the reason for our nation’s entry in the war raging in Europe. A timeline of the actual events tells a different story. Austria declared war on Serbia on July 28th, 1914 exactly one month to the day members of their royal family were assassinated in Sarajevo. Due to the numerous political entanglements between the European nations, a chain reaction was started in an escalation to the war. Russia supported Serbia and on August 1st, Germany declared war on Russia. France also lent support to Serbia and on the 3rd Germany declared war on France and invaded Belgium. The next day England declared war on Germany. After some early German victories Turkey joined the war on the German side on October 29th. All of Europe was now engaged in war.

In August of 1914, Congress adopted a strict neutrality policy which President Wilson violated by the year’s end. The United States at this time was suffering from what was then called a “cyclical recession”. The neutrality policy restricted US loans to “belligerents” to inhibit them from buying US weapons and other war materials, but reserved the right for the US to trade with both sides. The British lobbied for restrictions of American trade to Germany though we had the right to under then international maritime rules. Germany then resorted to submarine warfare to stop any arms shipments from the United States to Great Britain. As a result, the RMS Lusitania was sunk on May 7th, 1915. Before the ship sailed from New York, the German government published warnings in major newspapers that the Lusitania could be subject to attack. Despite the loss of American lives from a military action against a civilian target, President Wilson made no effort to pursue conflict with Germany. In the 1916 election, Wilson campaigned on “he kept us out of war”. Despite this campaign slogan, Wilson began to build up the military and the reserves with full intention of entering the war. One November 7th, Wilson won narrow reelection. Some electoral notes include Wilson received less than 50% of the popular vote, failed to carry his home state in which he once presided as governor, had a margin of less than 600,000 popular votes and 23 electoral votes. With the election secured and with inauguration scheduled for March 1917, the wheels began to turn for American entry into the war to end all wars. On January 16th, 1917, anticipating American entry into the European war on the side of Britain and France, the Germany foreign secretary sent a telegram to the Mexican government encouraging the Mexicans to be allied with the Germans and to war with the United States should they enter the war against Germany. The United States was already in a military conflict with a paramilitary Mexican outfit that had crossed the border with to attack Americans in the state of New Mexico. Despite being known for 6 weeks, news of this telegram was leaked to the press and published to the public on March 1st, 1917. Due to this and other acts of sabotage orchestrated by the Germans to prevent American munitions from going to their enemies such as the sinking, without warning, of three American merchant ships, Congress voted to declare war on April 6th after Wilson had requested such on April 2nd. The declaration of war was extended to Austria-Hungary in a Congressional vote on December 17th. During the campaign to win public support for US entry into the war, President Wilson coined the terms, “a war to end all wars” and “make the world safe for democracy”, despite being the president of a Constitutional republic.

During the 1916 election cycle, Republicans had criticized Wilson for being soft on the Mexican paramilitary incursions and soft on German aggression and sabotage from the time of the arms deal with Great Britain. During election campaigning, Wilson stated he would “arbitrate” between the European powers despite German U-boats attacking ships in the Atlantic regardless of nationality as well as German sabotage on a munitions storage depot in his home state. Even after war was declared, Wilson tried to make clear to the American public that the United States “was not fighting as an Allied power”, but as an “associate power”. Instead Wilson stated that our entry into war was to “protect democracy from tyranny” and “promote peace throughout the world”.

As we were going to war against the German & Austrian alliance, Wilson also orchestrated his own war on the American people. The make-up of Congress after the 1916 election saw the Republicans with a 2 seat majority in the House that also had socialists and progressives that caucused with the Democrats, and the Senate saw a 12 seat majority for the Democrats. Wilson requested and received, a draft that led to the inscription of 3,000,000 mean into the armed services, government control of agriculture, fuel, the railroads, and other industry deemed essential for the war effort. Such acts caused political opponents to refer to Wilson as a “socialist”. To counteract any criticism, Wilson won approval for a Sedition Act which outlawed anyone’s First Amendment right to speak out or question government leadership on the decision to go to war. Many citizens were jailed for speaking their mind. Wilson also organized a Committee on Public Information which basically served as a propaganda arm of the Wilson administration to convince an American public that believed in neutrality to support the war. This committee even encouraged anti-German sentiment against American citizens of German descent. Several print publications that did not comply with this committee were shut down by the Wilson administration. Despite funding the war through the sale of war bonds, Wilson expanded the new income tax rate to 67% in 1917 and to 77% in 1918. For the first time, lower levels of income were paying an income tax despite the promise it would only affect the wealthy when passed as a Constitutional amendment in 1913.

At the wars end, Wilson made a speech outlining 14 points for a lasting peace. One term of note from this speech was a call for “peace without victory”. One of these points called for a League of Nations which eroded the national sovereignty of its members. Fortunately, the US Senate failed to ratify this treaty and the United States never entered the league. As 112,000 Americans lost their lives, governments and economies were changed and the seeds were sown for a 2nd war on a greater scale. The worst outcome of this war was that communist radicals had finally succeeded in taking control of a national government.

After the communist movement had taken control in Russia, the International Communist movement felt emboldened to expand. Taking advantage of economic problems, communists attacked the political element of weak governments with a multi-pronged activism. Soon an offshoot of communism, called fascism by the media, took power in Italy and Germany. Soon all three nations started building up their military to unprecedented levels and began an expansionist policy. The movement became an influence on the American continent as national news magazine, Time, named Hitler (1938) and Stalin (1939) as their man of the year.

The United States got its first real taste of Marxism on a larger scale with the election of Franklin Roosevelt in 1932. In addition to the Roosevelt election in 1932, the Democrats won 97 additional seats in the House for a 313-117 majority with 5 third party members. In the Senate, the Democrats gained 12 seats for a 59-36 majority with one third party member. With his party firmly in control, Roosevelt pushed for the enactment of the Emergency Banking Relief Act of 1933 which had the administration regulate banking transactions and made illegal the private ownership of gold as its first act. Within the next 100 days, Congress, at Roosevelt’s urging passed, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Agricultural Adjustment Act which gave government more control over farming, the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Federal Emergency Relief Administration which was the genesis of current welfare programs, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the National Industry Recovery Act which had government intrude into private business as never before, and the Civil Works Administration. Later legislation produced such programs Works Progress Administration, the Social Security Act and others. Socialism had come to the United States. Despite all the social engineering enacted by the Democrats, our depression grew into a Great Depression as noted by author John Flynn in “The Roosevelt Myth” (1948). Despite the setbacks in our nation’s economy and decisions by the Supreme Court striking down much of Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation in 1935, Roosevelt still won reelection in 1936. One program that Roosevelt did not implement was the maintenance or build-up of the military as his colleagues in Europe and Japan had.

Roosevelt’s foreign policy lacked the leadership that the United States had earned on the world stage. Trying to be friendly with all nations without regard to ideology and remaining neutral, as American citizens wished at the time, Roosevelt emboldened those with aggressive ideas. By staying neutral during the Spanish Civil War and not allowing arms sales to either side, and showing no leadership in resolving the conflict, Roosevelt saw a democracy fall into fascism. This convinced the Soviet Union, Italy, Germany and Japan to pursue their expansionist goals of conquest without the threat of American intervention. Japan invaded China, Italy invaded Ethiopia, the Soviets had designs on Asia and Eastern Europe and the Germans took over in Austria and Czechoslovakia before the invasion in Poland that got the European war started. By this point, Roosevelt organized arms sales to Britain and France and embargoed oil to the Japanese raising the ire of the axis powers. By these actions, Roosevelt made the United States a target of these nations, but did not start to build up the military until the Nazis invaded France in 1940 while still committing to neutrality on the world stage.

Roosevelt was arrogant enough to believe that no one in his party was capable of continuing his legacy so he took the unprecedented step of running for a third full term. Campaigning on neutrality and handouts, Roosevelt easily won his 3rd term while France was living under Nazi conquest, Great Britain bombed into oblivion and those people undesirable to the Nazi government were dying inhuman deaths in concentration camps. In a speech during the 1940 campaign, Roosevelt promised mothers, “…your boys are not going to be sent to foreign wars. They are going into training to form a force so strong that by its very existence, it will keep the threat of war from coming to our shores.”

Even after his election, American ships were attacked by German U-boats. Not wishing to get the United States involved in the European war, Hitler would apologize and Roosevelt would accept the apology without any hint of a counterattack. It wasn’t until a strong coordinated attack by the Japanese in the Pacific did Roosevelt call for war.

Some historians have postulated that the Roosevelt administration had advanced information of the coming Japanese attack and did not pass the intelligence to commanders in Hawaii so as to have a reason to enter the war. I will not state an opinion one way or another, but I will point out that our troops were caught by surprise when the attack came. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt requested from Congress an act of war on Japan. The day after the attack, Congress overwhelming voted for authorization. Three days later, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States. The best thing about our nation’s entry into war was that the New Deal programs eventually died a well deserved death.

Because of his anti-business attitude in his New Deal programs, it took until October of 1942 for Roosevelt to coordinate production for war materials. Roosevelt also asked to raise the income tax to 81% and to again widen the tax base to include lower salaried workers. For once, Congress did not give Roosevelt what he wanted and did not pass a tax bill until 1944 giving Roosevelt less than what he wanted and still had to override a veto to make that bill law.

Fortunately, Roosevelt left the war to his military leaders. The Pacific war began immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor with the battle for Wake Island. Within three and a half years, U.S. forces had fought through the Pacific and eventually established a position in Okinawa. The fight in the European theater took longer to organize. While naval battles took place in the Atlantic from the time of the invasion of Poland, the first prepared battle against the Germans did not take place until 11 months after the Nazis declared war on the United States with the North Africa campaign. In less than two years, German and Italian forces were defeated in North Africa and Allied troops had fought their way well into the Italian nation. As Italy was falling, Allied troops launched a major offensive in Northern France and in less than a year had fought their way into Germany’s western border. Victory was not far off.

Roosevelt did not live to see the final victory on either front. It should be credited to his administration that Roosevelt was able to quickly build a military that defeated the Nazi war machine and the Japanese Imperial naval forces simultaneously. However, this same administration also sowed the seeds of losing the fruits of victory by allowing Soviet spies to infiltrate the government and made no objections to Stalin’s desire for control of Eastern Europe after the war.

Shortly after Truman succeeded Roosevelt, American and Allied forces bombed Berlin through April until the Soviets entered and took control of the city on May 2nd. By May 8th the Nazi government had surrendered unconditionally. Ending the war with Japan proved to be a worrisome encounter as commanders worried about the loss of life that would take place with a full scale invasion of their island. Fortunately, Roosevelt, upon learning that the Nazis were working on an Atomic Bomb, initiated a project to develop one for the American military. On July 16, 1945, the scientists involved in this project successfully tested the first atomic weapon in an unpopulated area of New Mexico. After Truman was informed of the successful test of the bomb, the Potsdam Declaration was issued demanding Japanese surrender threatening the Japanese with “prompt and utter destruction”. When the Japanese rejected the Allied demand, the first atomic bomb used in war was dropped on August 6th, with a second bomb dropped on the 9th. By the 15th, the Japanese announced their surrender.

In less than four years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States military was the key difference maker in a two front war on opposite sides of the world. The nation had come together to make such improbable victories to occur. After such an overwhelming military, one has to wonder about the military escapades that followed.

In the post war environment, the government of the United States changed course on many policies. Despite George Washington’s warnings against foreign entanglements, the US soon became involved many. The United Nations officially came into being on October 24th, 1945 when 50 nations became signatories to a charter co-authored by a communist infiltrator of the US State Dept. who was later convicted of perjury regarding his communist ties. On December 4th, the US Senate, consisting of 57 Democrats, 1 Progressive and 38 Republicans, voted 65 – 7 to ratify the charter allowing for the United States entry into the UN. This overwhelming ratification vote took place despite the public satisfaction with the US staying out of the League of Nations.

In 1949, the Truman administration was dealt a double blow in the expansion of communist power on the world stage. The Chinese were engaged in a civil war between nationalists and communists until they were invaded by Japan in the lead up the second World War. After the defeat of the Japanese, the two parties resumed their civil war. The nationalists had a 3:1 ratio in manpower, better weaponry and the support of the people. But communists recruited into the Institute of Pacific Relations, an unofficial arm of the US State Dept. turned the tide both diplomatically and financially. By providing false information to the state department, creating economic problems including inflation that turned the people against the nationalists and eventually stealth aide to the communists, the Institute became a key force in causing China to fall to the communists in 1949. Also, in 1949, on August 22nd, the Soviet Union detonated its first atomic bomb. They were able to do this due to communists who had infiltrated the army, the Manhattan Project and the state department and stole plans for the bomb as well as other American advances in other weapons, aviation, radar and other elements from the defense industry. These three events played key roles in the United States future problems in Korea and Vietnam. Despite the vast evidence of communist infiltration in many branches of the US government, the Truman administration did nothing to investigate it, much less root it out. Only one senator and a handful of House members made a serious effort to expose government infiltration of communism in our government and other areas of public life. The senator became a symbol of scorn orchestrated by colleagues in the Senate, a compliant media and members of the Truman administration including Truman himself when out of the spotlight. The House committee that investigated communism was abolished in 1975 after the Democrat House landslide following the Nixon resignation.

The next conflict involving the US military was in Korea. The roots of the Korean War got back to the earliest days of the Japanese militaristic expansionist movement. Japan conquered the Korean peninsula and its people in 1910 and used it as a base of operations for its later excursions into Chinese Manchuria and Mongolia. During World War II negotiations between Roosevelt and Stalin, Stalin requested Roosevelt to participate in massive military operations on Germany’s western front. Roosevelt agreed provided Stalin agreed to wage war in eastern Asia against the Japanese. Roosevelt kept his promise by opening up the North African campaign that later marched into Italy and the D-Day invasion of northern France. Stalin reneged on his promise until the very end by not declaring war on Japan until the day the US dropped the second bomb on Nagasaki. This act actually threatened our hard won victory and our negotiations to get the Japanese to sign the surrender agreement. Now our State Department had the difficult task of negotiating for the Japanese. After some quick negotiations the Japanese agreed to give up control of Mongolia, Manchuria and Korea. The Soviets then moved to quickly to set up Stalinists governments in these areas. Truman’s State Department resisted from allowing the full Korean peninsula from becoming another communist dictatorship and so a line was drawn on the 38th parallel separating a Soviet backed communist regime in the north and an American backed republic in the south by the end of August 1945. Within the next 5 years China fell to the communists and the South Korea was surrounded by communist governments. Then on June 25th, 1950, 75,000 soldiers of the North Korean People’s Army, armed with Soviet weaponry and backed by the communists Chinese stormed over the boundary to the south overwhelming South Korean defenses. Just two months earlier, a National Security Council report (NSC-68) recommended, “United States use military force to contain communist expansion anywhere it seemed to occurring regardless of the intrinsic strategic or economic value of the lands in question.” Just 5 years after the US defeated two major militaristic nations in a two front war, it now became national policy to contain the enemy rather than defeat them. After the invasion of the south, Truman stated, “If we let Korea down, the Soviet will keep right on going and swallow up one after another.” However, instead of going to Congress to request authorization of military action, Truman went to the UN to have North Korea declared an aggressor state. Working with the UN and later Congress, Truman got agreement to participation of 20 other nations to form a UN force to contain communist aggression. The US forces outnumbered the forces of the other 20 allied countries and were only outnumbered only by the South Korean forces. However, the UN forces were outnumbered by 700,000 troops by North Korean and Chinese forces.

World War II hero Douglas MacArthur was chosen to command American and UN forces. MacArthur, who relied on his military training and World War II experiences tried to win the war and “drive the communists out of the north”. After winning a decisive battle at a port city, Truman fired MacArthur fearing a larger war involving Chinese and Soviet involvement. For the first time in American history, a US commander in chief relieved a military commander from duty for trying to win a war. Also, in less than 5 years, a US commander in chief showed weakness to an aggressive enemy and refused to fight to a victory. As a result, the Korean conflict was called a “police action” when it was in fact, a war. News of the war was not covered by the media. With this Democrat as a commander in chief, over 36,000 US soldiers were killed, over 100,000 wounded and 7,926 MIA all to contain communist aggression above a line of latitude. The South Koreans were left with a hostile enemy to the north separated by a two mile wide demilitarized zone, bodies of water around the other 3 directions and a permanent US military presence on its soil. Six months into the Eisenhower administration, a peace agreement was signed on July 27, 1953 ending all military hostility.

It would be eight years until the United States would see another Democrat in the Presidency. Two years before the end of the Eisenhower administration, communists took over the government of the island nation of Cuba just 90 miles off the southern tip of Florida. The Eisenhower administration set up military training exercises and aid for Cuban exiles in an effort to overthrow the communist regime. Unfortunately, a change in political climate took place before the Cuban patriots could launch their attack. The attack was launched three months into the Kennedy administration on April 17, 1961. The forces were quickly overwhelmed by Cuba’s communist government forces and called for US help. Despite the promises of help, Kennedy did not follow through and these Patriots were left to be killed or imprisoned by a brutal dictatorship. This was one of the rare times that the United States trained an ally for the purpose of defeating a threat to our nation and failed to support their efforts on the battlefield.

With Kennedy backing off support efforts to overthrow the communist regime in Cuba, dictator Fidel Castro became emboldened in his efforts to be a threat to the United States. Relying on the Soviet Union to support their government, the Cubans made a deal to allow the Soviets to secretly build a ballistic missile base on their island about a year after the aborted invasion. When the missile bases were discovered by our Defense Intelligence Agency, Kennedy informed Congress, but also went to the UN to help defuse the crisis rather than rely on our right to self- defense. As tensions increased during the crisis, Soviet ships tried to run the American blockade and Soviet defense shot down a U-2 spy plane, Kennedy refused to initiate any military response. Handling the situation through the UN and back channels with the Soviet Premier, the Soviets agreed to withdraw the missiles in Cuba while Kennedy agreed to tear down American missile bases in Turkey and Italy. Kennedy also promised that the US military would not invade Cuba. Once again, the communists gave up little while a Democrat president gave up a lot. This was also an early indication of the term Mutually Assured Destruction which stated that in time of war, the United States and the Soviet Union would destroy each other with nuclear weapons making such a war repugnant to both nations. This kept many presidential administrations from standing up to a communist regime. In a month before his assassination, in an interview with Jean Daniel, Kennedy became an early practitioner of the Blame America First excuse, by blaming all the problems with Cuba on the United States support of the Cuban government that existed just before the communist takeover.

While Kennedy agreed not to fight a communist government 90 miles of our nation’s shore, it did get into a fight with one halfway around the world. In 1960, the Soviets began to back the communist forces in Laos and Vietnam. In 1962, Kennedy sent military advisors and equipment to assist the South Vietnamese military by establishing the Military Assistance Command of Vietnam. Within a year the number of advisors grew from 1000 troops to 15,000. The effort was an embarrassment to the Kennedy administration as the anti-communists troops were defeated by an undermanned and under-equipped communist force in their first battle and US military arms and equipment were easily flowing into communist hands. After Kennedy’s assassination, Lyndon Johnson promised to continue “Kennedy’s limited troop commitments in Vietnam”. Johnson pushed through the Gulf of Tonkin resolution in August of 1964, with only two members of Congress voting against, after US destroyers reported attacks from the North Vietnamese. Johnson, running on a campaign of “I will not supply American boys to do the job that Asian boys should do”, waited until after his election in November of 1964 before raising troop levels to 75,000 by June 1965, authorizing an increase of 100,000 more troops in July of 1965, and authorized 100,000 more in 1966 in addition to massive bombing runs of communist held territory. US bombing raids did not demoralize the communists who began more frequent and violent guerrilla attacks on US forces. When American troops were able to keep supplies from crossing a demilitarized zone, communist forces organized a supply line through Cambodia and Laos which our military command did not try to disrupt. Johnson approved his military commanders “war of attrition” instead of a war to be won.

Due to numerous American casualties and a lack of military progress, the war and Johnson soon became unpopular to the American public with the help of the media. Like Korea, many Americans felt our troops were fighting a containment war instead of trying to win a war. In February of 1968, the Secretary of Defense resigned and by the end of March, Johnson told the American public that he would not seek reelection. An anti-war movement, larger than the United States had ever seen, began to organize, and the Democrat party was split into pro-war and anti-war factions.

Once elected, Nixon promised troop withdrawal, while still supporting the South Vietnamese military in their fight against communist takeover. Nixon also approved attacks on the North Vietnamese supply lines in Laos and Cambodia in the first real attempt to weaken the enemy. By withdrawing US troops and using a bombing campaign that halted a North Vietnamese attack across the demilitarized zone, Nixon easily won reelection. By January of 1973, Nixon’s Secretary of State got the North Vietnamese to agree to a cease fire.

What a Democrat administration could not accomplish, a Democrat congress did. In November, 1972, Congress passed the War Powers Act, and later overrode Nixon’s veto of it. In 1973, it also ended the draft. When impeachment proceedings began against Nixon, members of Congress, including a Congressional aide named Hillary Rodham, advocated for articles of impeachment for Nixon’s campaign in bombing to halt the North Vietnamese supply lines. During the impeachment proceedings, North Vietnamese leadership felt emboldened to re-launch a military campaign against the south feeling the United States would offer no resistance. After Nixon resigned and the Democrats and the media succeeded in building an anti-Republican sentiment, the Democrats gained 49 seats in the House for a 291-144 super majority and gained 4 seats in the Senate for a filibuster proof 60 – 38 majority to 2 seats belonging to minor parties. This Democrat legislative body then cut off all military aide to the South Vietnamese leaving them helpless against the Soviet backed North. The South Vietnamese government fell on April 30, 1975 and all of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos fell into communist control. These Democrats made worthless the sacrifice of the over 58,000 troops who were killed in action in addition to the over 150,000 wounded or missing in action. The American efforts to stop the advance of communism in southeast Asia and all the expense in lives and material were wasted by this Congress and the party in charge of it. In addition to the American tragedy, this Congress is also responsible for the millions who were murdered by the new communist regimes that came to power after the American presence was removed.

After forcing out a Republican president for crimes they tolerate from presidents in their own party, the Democrats were able to retake the White House in 1976. The day after his inauguration, Jimmy Carter pardoned all draft evaders who dodged the draft during the Vietnam War. From his first day in office, Carter exuded weakness on the world stage. In a speech at Notre Dame four months into his term, Carter stated that he would change US foreign policy away from anti-communism and emphasize support for fundamental human rights. A month later he announced opposition to the production of the B-1 bomber. On new year’s eve, 1977, Carter referred to Iran as “an island of stability” shortly before its government was taken over by Islamic fundamentalist. Eventually, this new government did nothing to stop the takeover of our embassy and hold 66 Americans hostage to the end of his term. Carter’s rescue attempt of these hostages was a failure that never got off the ground. In June 1979, Carter signed a second Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty with the Soviets which was eventually rejected by the Senate. Less than a month later, the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. Carter’s most significant effort to punish the Soviets for their militaristic expansion was to goad the US Olympic Committee to boycott the upcoming Olympic games in Moscow. One amazing statistic in Carter’s presidency was that 2.392 serviceman died on duty in 1980, the last full year of Carter’s term, despite the lack of any major conflict. This was a record that stood up until the Clinton years.

The Carter administration was a disaster in foreign and domestic policies, especially on the economy and the voting public was smart enough not to give him a second term.

After twelve years of Republican presidencies, the military was rebuilt to the strongest fighting force our nation had ever seen and communists governments began to crumble. Then the people of this country elected another Democrat who “loathed the military” over a man who served bravely in World War II.

Bill Clinton registered for the draft on September 8th, 1964 just before his 18th birthday. He is eventually classified 1-A and is ordered to report for induction on July 28th, 1969. Clinton fails to report in violation of federal law. Clinton is reclassified 1-D after enlisting in the army reserves. Clinton signed the enlistment papers on August 7th, 1969 and takes the oath of enlistment. He fails to report to his duty station one month later and is reclassified 1-A on October 30th, 1969 and can be declared AWOL and subject to arrest under federal law. For some reason, Clinton, at age 23, is never prosecuted for his desertion, even when he runs for the US House in 1974. Carter grants a pardon to all draft dodgers on the day after his inauguration making Clinton the first person pardoned from a federal felony to be elected to the US presidency.

With the fall of the Soviet Union and its eastern European satellites, Clinton saw fit to gut the military to have funds for his expanding social policies. After the first Gulf War, the US military was shrunk by around 40%. The army was reduced from 18 divisions to 10 and closed over 700 installations both home and abroad. The Navy was downsized from 586 ships to 324 and Clinton had a blueprint to shrink it to 305. The Air Force was shrunk from 36 fighter wings to 20. By the end of Clinton’s term, the average age of important weapons such as the B-52H bomber and the Marine CH-46 helicopter was over 40 years old.

Despite the downsizing of the military, Clinton increased the number of operational events during his term. In the 30 years before Clinton’s term, the US military engaged in only 10 operational events. From the beginning to Clinton’s term to 1999, the military was ordered to engage in 26. During these events, Americans saw Army Rangers dragged through the streets of Somalia, Clinton’s vice-president declare that US troops died for the UN, our military used to keep a Haitian dictator in power, high altitude bombing in Kosovo, two of our embassies bombed, and the military used on the eve of his impeachment vote for perjury in federal court so his comrades in the US House could tell the nation to “unite to support our president in time of war”. The best military campaign of the Clinton era was against US citizens in Waco, Texas who faced more military fire power than any enemy of our nation. The worst dereliction of duty by Clinton as commander-in-chief was his ignoring of Muslim jihadists movement against our nation both home and abroad. Despite a declaration of war against our nation, Clinton made only minimal effort to halt this threat. Within a year of the end of Clinton’s term, our nation was hit with a coordinated terrorist attack against civilian and military targets on our own soil.

After Clinton’s departure our military engaged in a two nation war or terror that quickly succeeded in overthrowing the leadership of two governments that were state sponsors of terrorism. These wars were still going on when the current Democrat was elected to office.

If John Dean testified to Congress that Nixon was “a cancer on the presidency”, then Obama is a stage 5 malignancy on every vital organ of this nation. When he assumed the presidency our military was responsible for the overthrow of two dictatorships and two nations of people enjoyed free elections of their governments for the first time in their lifetime. The terrorist organization that killed 3000 people on our soil in a gap of two hours was thoroughly routed and its leadership was in hiding. But Obama spoke against these wars as a candidate and set a timetable for US troop withdraw from both nations emboldening our enemies to bide their time and strike when the local military was too weak to offer a meaningful defense. Obama also changed the rules of engagement that lead to a higher casualty rate of US and Allied forces. As of this writing, Obama’s policies have cost us all gains made since the start of the war on terrorism and our declared enemy has gotten stronger than ever. One has to think back when candidate Obama was interviewed by former Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos. Obama blurted out “my Muslim faith”, to which Stephanopoulos corrected “your Christian faith” which Obama echoed, “my Christian faith”. Obama policies have so improved the efforts of Muslim terrorists that the London Mail, on April 22nd of this year wrote in a headline that the US had “switched sides in the War on Terror”. When running for reelection in 2012, Obama was campaigning on “al-Qaeda had decimated” when this decimated force attacked our embassy in Benghazi and killed our ambassador. Obama immediately sent staff members out to blame a fellow American’s video as the reason for the attack. Credible investigations have revealed that the Obama administration had armed al-Qaeda in Libya, backed the Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab Spring of 2011, that Muslim Brotherhood members had been appointed to key posts in the Obama administration, and even Obama himself has stated that, “the world does not belong to those who would insult the prophet”. While our forces captured top terrorist leaders and detained them in a military prison, Obama has freed them for nothing in return. In 2009, the Obama administration freed the leader who has since taken over portions of Syria and Iraq setting up a caliphate and winning ground that our troops fought and died for. Recently, the Obama administration traded 5 terrorist leaders for a deserter which served as the inspiration for this article. Obama has gone out his way to make our enemy comfortable while denying Constitutionally protected rights of our own troops. As prisoners, Muslims are free to exercise their religion and are given materials for their worship at our expense while The Patriot Post reports that our own troops, including chaplains, have been prevented from exercising their Christian faith. Enemy Muslim prisoners have been given the best in health care at our expense while our veterans are dying while on waiting lists despite the fact that a cabinet level department with a large budget exists to meet their needs.

There is more I can write about the dereliction of the Obama administration in the area of nation defense, including the supply of our defenses and the training and care of our troops. I can also write about his weakness on the world stage that emboldens the evil power players of this world and his placement of US interests at the lowest points of his administration’s priorities. But the main point I want to make regarding the conclusion of this article is that no one in the Democrat party, as it exists today, should ever be elected into the presidency and given command of our nation’s military ever again. It is clear that the Democrats have made it an unwritten part of their platform, that the interests of our enemies are more important than the interests of the American people.

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