Monday, August 17, 2009

Barack Obama On
Our Military's Oligations

Bad press, including major mockery of the plan by comedian Jon Stewart, led to President Obama abandoning his proposal to require veterans carry private health insurance to cover the estimated $540 million annual cost to the federal government of treatment for injuries to military personnel received during their tours on active duty. The President admitted that he was puzzled by the magnitude of the Opposition to his proposal.

"Look, it's an all volunteer force," Obama supposedly complained. "Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the Risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice?" "I thought these were people who were proud to sacrifice for their country, "Obama continued. "I wasn't asking for blood, just money. With the country facing the worst financial crisis in Its history, I'd have thought that the patriotic thing to do would be to try to help reduce the nation's deficit."

The question is whether Obama really said these things. They came out as quotes from military personnel who had meetings with Obama, but it would be career suicide and they would be subject to dishonorable discharge for them to authenticate the quotes. The Obama White House denies he said them. When I read this it made me think about the bumper sticker I saw last week. "How is that hopey changey thingey working out for you?"


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