It spooks you a little when the commander in chief doesn’t seem to know much about military history, or the military itself.
Who can forget this treasure from February 2010. He’d already been president a year.
And now yesterday, we got this:
How do you, especially if you are running our armed forces, not recognize Khe Sanh and know how to pronounce it? Goodness, you need only have listened to Bruce Springsteen’s anti-America diatribe, “Born in the USA,” to have known how, since he mentions the Battle of Khe Sanh in the song.
Look at the veterans at the end of the video. They almost look like they’re scratching their heads. “Key-san? Like, ‘I left my keys on the counter?’”
Well, some may think I’m picking on Obama, but I think not.
I believe we have elected the first truly peacenik president. I don’t think he understands war, I don’t think he’s studied it, and I don’t think he believes it is particularly important or perceives its ramifications, beyond that it causes death and destruction.
I think his dovish sensibility is what caused him to conduct a half hearted “surge” in Afghanistan that featured an explicit alert to the Taliban about how long they would have to hang on before we left. I think it is what caused him to remove all our troops from Iraq before it was safe to bring them home. And I believe it’s what prompted him to “lead from behind” in Libya, resulting in a far longer war that caused more death and destruction than needed occur.
His policies may well lead to a reassertion of Taliban control over Afghanistan and the squandering of the victory won by George W. Bush.
Because the only thing he gets about war is that he wants to get out of it. Beyond caring for our soldiers, the military means nothing to him
And that’s why he can’t pronounce corpsman or Khe Sanh.