Earlier this year, shortly after President Obama announced his plan to gut military forces to pre-World War II levels, the Washington Post released the results of a poll of military veterans.
The poll showed that Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans did not view Obama favorably and expressed a much high approval for their former Commander-in-Chief, President George W. Bush.
Now, according to a new poll by Military Times, President Obama’s popularity among active-duty military personnel has taken a sharp downward turn, plummeting to a new low.
According to a Military Times survey of almost 2,300 active-duty service members, Obama’s popularity — never high to begin with — has crumbled, falling from 35 percent in 2009 to just 15 percent this year, while his disapproval ratings have increased to 55 percent from 40 percent over that time.
Among the reasons cited for Obama’s plunging popularity in the ranks of the U.S. military is the fact that he has been forcing “profound change,” from repealing “don’t ask, dont’ tell” to lifting the ban on women in combat.
As we learn from the analysis at militarytimes.com:
Obama is an unpopular president in the eyes of the men and women in uniform.
…to his critics, his moves amount to heavy-handed social engineering that erode deep-seated traditions and potentially undermine good order and discipline.
To some Obama critics, the president’s declining popularity in the ranks of current and former military members is part of Obama’s plan to “fundamentally change” America and, thus, is not a real concern to the White House.
Even Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense for both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, describes in his book “Duty” the huge chasm that existed between the Pentagon and Obama’s White House.
As reported on patriotupdate.com :
The chasm was worsened by the fact that none of the president’s key advisors in the White House had ever served in the military or even run a major organization of any type.
Consequently, they had no understanding of what could reasonably be expected of the military, the logistical difficulties of complying with the president’s directives….
It was Gates’ belief, as expressed in his book, that the Obama administration all too often made military decisions on the basis of politics rather than smart military strategy.
…a perception that causes top military leaders to mistrust the president and his advisors who, in turn, mistrust them.
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