The election of Donald Trump in 2016 was in many ways an indictment of the Obama-Biden Administration’s handling of several policy initiatives from Free Trade to Climate, Race Relations to International Affairs, but their handling of the United States military may have been the worst of all.
According to Military Times, the military under the Obama Administration was a contrast of increased drone warfare but reduced military budgets, a reduction of military personnel but an overburdened contingency left behind to protect America and her allies. The Obama-Biden Administration often seemed to focus their strategic energies on reshaping the military through Social Justice initiatives and tying a hand behind the back of each of our nation’s warriors while JV teams like ISIS swarmed the deserts, Libya collapsed, and eastern Ukraine buckled under the pressure of Russian mercenaries. In short, the Obama-Biden era of American History was a dark period for our active duty soldiers and Veterans alike.
Now that Joe Biden is running for President, he has renewed his stance that America owes a sacred obligation to her soldiers and Veterans, and with a supposedly “scandal free” resume to lean on, he wants you to believe he is the right man for the job. But for Veterans and those who honor them, perhaps no scandal was more shameful, no failure more egregious, than the Obama-Biden Administration’s handling of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
As cited in an article published by USA Today, when Obama & Biden were jockeying for votes back in ’08, this was their position on the VA healthcare system: “No veteran should have to fill out a 23 page claim to get care, or wait months — even years — to get an appointment at the VA.” It wouldn’t be until 2014 that Veterans would learn that not only was the Administration just paying lip service to VA Health reforms, but that the Administration was indifferent to the grim realities confronting our nation’s heroes who were waiting 6 months or more by the thousands just to see a doctor.
The scandal was first linked to the Phoenix VA, where it took nearly two years to fire negligent employees, but was determined to be a nationwide crime of negligence rewarded with over $100M in employee bonuses and little meaningful reform. But the handling of the scandal was just salt in the wounds of those being left to die on secret waiting lists. So, after 8 years, what did our Veterans think of the Obama/Biden Administrations tenure representing them?
Well, the verdict is in. And it’s not too good. After the Obama/Biden departures from office, multiple surveys were conducted looking to establish their legacies on multiple questions concerning Active Duty members and Veterans of our armed services. The poll conducted by DisabledVeterans.org sought to determine whether veterans felt that they were better off after 8 years of Obama’s leadership. Of the 233 who took the poll, a resounding, staggering 82% of Veterans answered an emphatic “NO.” The organization also provided some feedback from those who wanted to anonymously voice their displeasure:
“I continue to see corruption and delays that demonstrates that what the President said was for show and was not willing to apply the change needed.”
“The VA is for the VA only, The Veterans don’t matter.”
“Obama loathes the military and is only concerned with his legacy and Marxist agenda.”
Another, far more comprehensive series of surveys were conducted by The Military Times in partnership with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families in 2017. In response to the question “How Favorable or Unfavorable is Your View of President Obama,” a total of 51.5% of those surveyed answered that their general view of the President was either very or somewhat unfavorable. 12% were neutral and 36.4% cited their views as either very or somewhat favorable. When breaking down the demographics, 52.1% of enlisted men viewed him unfavorably.
Overall, a decisive message was clear. When those surveyed were then grouped back into their respective branches of the military, not one single branch of our armed forces had an overall favorable view of the Obama/Biden Administration. The members of the Marine Corps were most emphatic in their rejection of the administration with a total of 60.3% responding that their view was unfavorable.
Upon their departure from office, President Obama and his Defense Secretary, Carter Ash, tried to frame their administration of our military as a “record of progress.” Their version of progress was a reality of imposing virtue signaling initiatives upon the ranks of our troops, leading international coalitions from behind, and doing nothing while record numbers of our Veterans died at their own hands and hundreds, maybe thousands more, died waiting on the very people they served to protect to be their advocates.
During the Obama-Biden administration, many of our Veterans died in vain, and those that didn’t die waiting for treatment, were thanked with empty words and little action (until the administration got caught). In Joe Biden’s time as Vice President, Veterans were forgotten men and women praised in political talking points and abandoned in their times of need. Why would this time be any different?