Well, it’s not.
Only in the sense that EVERYTHING is a national security issue. For example, health care. If kids aren’t getting proper health care, how can they be good soldiers?
And how about getting enough sleep? If soldiers aren’t engaged in proper sleeping habits, they’re going to miss when they shoot, now aren’t they?
So of course, Mrs. Obama today is promoting her anti-obesity campaign at a MILITARY BASE to make the point that her efforts are part of her own private plan to safeguard the country. From the pool reports:
First Lady Michelle Obama arrived at Fort Jackson [South Carolina], the Army’s largest basic training facility, at 10:33.
She was wearing a black business suit and white blouse. She was introduced to the fort’s physical fitness professionals in a small conference room at the drill sergeant’s school. Obama was flanked by Maj. Gen.James M. Milano, the fort’s, commander, and Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, the Army’s initial training deputy commander.
Hertling briefed Obama, using three giant flat screen television, on the lack of physical fitness in today’s youth and how it is making it more difficult to attract recruits that can pass physical fitness standards. Of the 129,000 recruits each year, about 40 percent are overweight. Obama, who is promoting the Let’s Move! Program to combat childhood obesity, said “It’s not just a health issue for children, it’s a national security issue.”
Obama said that obesity has to be battled across all groups, from parents, to schools, to the military and workplace.
“You can’t get at this problem with just one slice of it,” she said, “you have to get the whole country behind this because it’s affecting our ability to protect our freedom.”
If the military can’t whip these fatsos into shape, then there’s something wrong with the military, and we need more funding for the Pentagon to hire nastier drill sergeants who who will kick the lumpy asses of recruits caught sneaking an Almond Joy bar.
I like Mrs. Obama’s campaign, generally. But this is going way too far. The pernicious part of this is that once something becomes a national security issue, then it must be funded – a lot. Look for more demands for money to finance Mrs. Obama’s own line item when Obama FY2012 budget is released next month.