VFW Snub is Part of Obama’s War on Veterans




by Ben Johnson, The White House Watch

Obama will not address the annual VFW national convention. He has other places to be.

Although Muammar Qaddafi is still on the loose and no one knows who will replace him in Tripoli, multiple left-wing and “mainstream” media sources lament that President Obama is not getting enough credit for his “success” in Libya. But Obama is by far the worst offender in not giving credit where it is due. The president has refused to address the Veterans of Foreign Wars‘ annual convention, or to send a top-tier speaker in his place, for the first time since the organization’s founding.

This contemptuous low represents another regretful historic first of the Obama administration. But it is merely one front of Obama’s hostility toward the military — a lifelong obsession that includes everything from threatening to withhold veterans’ pensions, to launching pointless and unconstitutional wars, to denying them the wherewithal to succeed in their mission, to not assuring they have the opportunity to participate at the ballot box.

Obama to the Veterans: Sorry, It’s Not a Campaign Year

VFW National Commander Richard Eubank said, “It is an insult of the highest magnitude that for the first time in the history of the VFW, the White House has apparently decided that this great and iconic organization of combat veterans and all of its members are not worthy of its notice by not at least offering a first-tier speaker from the administration.”

The post has since disappeared from the VFW’s website, because it also criticized Texas governor Rick Perry for not attending the convention. Perry ultimately deigned to “adjust his schedule” and address the gathering.

An unnamed administration official told Fox News that Obama made “every effort” to send a top-tier speaker, but “in all instances, the VFW declined those offers.” But the speakers he offered were less than stellar. He attempted to dispatch such leading lights as United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, the Air Force secretary, the Air Force chief of staff, and the National Guard director. In the end, he sent no less a celebrity than W. Scott Gould, the Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, to address the gathering.

However, Obama was not always averse to stumping on the VFW’s platform. Candidate Obama had no trouble addressing the VFW’s 2008 convention in Orlando, just after John McCain spoke there. Obama used the opportunity to accuse milquetoast McCain of questioning his patriotism. (Just a month earlier, Obama had called George W. Bush “unpatriotic” for adding $4 trillion to the national debt in eight years, the same amount he has amassed in less than half the time.) “If we think that we can use the same partisan politics where we just challenge our opponent’s patriotism to win an election, then the American people will lose,” Obama said. “I will let no one question my love of this country.” The New York Times described the 2008 convention attendees’ response as “polite but not enthusiastic.”

Obama addressed the VFW again in 2009. He sent Vice President Joe Biden in 2010.

The media have dutifully reported that Barack Obama did not break a 112-convention-long tradition out of disrespect for veterans. Not. At. All. White House spokesman Adam Abrams explained, “The president receives many speaking requests throughout the year, but he is unable to meet them all.” Abrams added, “The president and his administration continue to have deep respect and appreciation for our service members and veterans, and this can be clearly seen in his administration’s policies and actions.”

Obama’s absence from the VFW convention perfectly symbolizes how dismissive his policies have been of veterans’ concerns.

Obama’s War Against Veterans

Despite his protests that he adores the military, Obama has consistently threatened veterans’ benefits and military pay, jeopardized the functioning of the armed forces, and failed to secure the right of overseas soldiers to vote.

The president made not a whimper when Senate Democrats held military funding hostage last year in an unsuccessful attempt to pass the DREAM Act. When the newly elected Republican Congress refused to acquiesce to his debt ceiling demands, Obama threatened to hold up veterans’ pensions. If the new “Super Congress” fails to agree on a deficit reduction plan, the military faces a minimum of $600 million in mandatory spending cuts.

Although the vast majority of enlisted men and women, past and present, oppose open homosexuality in the armed services, Obama made the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” the cornerstone of his military policy. The Obama administration sabotaged its own “defense” of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Immediately upon DADT’s repeal, Obama approved a program of values-bending re-education, instructing soldiers in the deadliest regions of Afghanistan, “If a Marine spots two men in his battalion kissing off-duty at a shopping mall, he should react as if he were seeing a man and woman.” The policy makes no exemption for conscience based on religious convictions.

As commander-in-chief, he has forced the troops to continue nation-building in Afghanistan but refused to send the number of soldiers Gen. Stanley McChrystal deemed necessary lest we risk failure. The New York Times reported Obama denied the general’s request out of “sticker shock, watching his domestic agenda vanishing in front of him.”

Obama has undermined the very freedoms our men are fighting to protect by violating the Constitution’s strictures in launching an unauthorized war in Libya.

In the interest of full disclosure, this author went to college in large part thanks to a scholarship from the VFW. Having spoken at countless VFW halls and met their members — who are some of the best people to grace this earth — they say without fail that their fondest hope is that someday their organization will cease to exist. Obama, literally singlehandedly, frustrated that hope.

Despite his antipathy to the military, the personal-pronoun president has not shied away from stealing credit for their actions. His supporters shill about his “success” in Libya, arguing Obama deserves credit for the soldiers’ prowess in dragging the inept rebels to a teetering, kinda-sorta victory. It was a repeat of the president’s performance after Navy SEALs executed a plan to assassinate Osama bin Laden, made possible by the policies of Obama’s predecessor. After the military’s selflessness and courage got America’s most wanted criminal, Obama’s minions began to spin that he made a “courageous” decision (after dithering for 16 hours), and this should seal his re-election.

But are the soldiers not the ones who deserve the most credit for the wars our politicians start? Are they not the ones who bear the scars of the wars politicians since 1945 seem incapable of ending militarily? And do they not, at a minimum, deserve the peace of mind that comes from knowing their president will not hold up their pension checks as a political stunt or allow state officials’ incompetence to deny them the ability to vote?

Disenfranchisement: An Obama Strategy?

Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr. gave a stirring address to the Heritage Foundation earlier this month. “What could be more important than ensuring that those individuals who are charged with defending our democracy are able to participate in it?” he asked. “I’m here today because, although retired from the military, it is difficult to stand on the sidelines when our service members are not being afforded one of their most basic rights as U.S. citizens.”

In 2008, more than 17,000 active military men and women were disenfranchised. In many cases, ballots did not reach them in time, or other clerical errors prevented their votes from being counted. To remedy this, Congress passed the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act in October 2009, requiring states to send overseas ballots at least 45 days before any federal election. However, the admiral noted:

[A]lmost two years after the enactment of the MOVE Act, there are 10 states that have not changed their laws to fully implement this federal requirement. These states are Rhode Island, Louisiana, Alaska, New York, Wisconsin, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Maryland, Nebraska, and the District of Columbia. New York is still under a federal court consent decree, because even after they received a waiver from the Department of Defense, they still failed to get the ballots out by even the later date permitted by the department.

A study released by the Overseas Vote Foundation found one-third of all overseas voters were disenfranchised in 2010. A report from the Military Voter Protection Project, which focused more narrowly on military voters, found 22 percent of overseas voters who asked for a ballot by FAX or e-mail did not receive one. A full 16.5 percent of those who received ballots received them too late to be counted. Even receiving a ballot is no guarantee one will be able to vote. The Overseas Vote Foundation reported that hundreds of people received an incorrect ballot or a ballot marked “sample,” while others did not receive a secrecy envelope for return post. While Obama has been hyperactive on behalf of expanding the voting rolls of his core constituencies, it remains to be seen if the Justice Department will assure the MOVE Act is fully implemented before the 2012 presidential election.

In case one is puzzled by Obama’s inaction, veterans and military voters traditionally favor Republicans by a 60-40 margin.

During his speech at Heritage Admiral Giambastiani said these voiceless service members “are taking the same oath that I took: to support and defend our Constitution.” Barack Obama took the same oath, but he seems more interested in defending the interests of the Democratic base than the liberties of those who fight to secure them.



About Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is the editor of several conservative websites. A seasoned journalist, he has broken a host of news stories of national importance and written sizzling editorials that started the nation talking. A former talk show host, he has been a guest on The Michael Savage Show, Nothing But Truth with Crane Durham, Crosstalk on VCY America, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Bob Dutko Show, and scores of local programs. The Managing Editor of FrontPage Magazine (2004-2010) and previously its Associate Editor (2003-2004), he is the author of three books. He maintains his own website, TheRightsWriter.com, which you can view here. You can contact him here.
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12 Responses to VFW Snub is Part of Obama’s War on Veterans

  1. Walter Owens says:

    I find it very hard’ To understand, We “America” Know this Man in the White House. Has Shown’ Time after Time, What He is, And His Intentions. Where is the FBI ? Where are The intelligence People ? Why has this. Madness’ Not been Stopped.

    • Evermyrtle says:

      All that is going on in our country, brought on from our bogas president to Satan himself is typical of ‘the end days.’ It is described in GOD’S WORD. These things and times has to come to pass to open the way for JESUS to return. Since the begnning the world has embraced Satan’s belief more and more as each generation passed away. Satan was one of GOD’S angels, he wanted to overpower GOD in heaven, that his ways would be the way. He was evil, even then. The results, GOD cast him out of heaven. Therefore he has worked against GOD, ever since, still striving to overcome GOD. He thinks he is winning because he is swiftly swallowing up the Christian beliefs in the world. Our country is a prime example of Satan’s work. In the last 60 years, a little at the time, a rule here, a rule there he has wrecked America economocially and morally. So many things have changed since I so proudly married as GOD would have me to marry, a woman and a man. Not only has these things that we thought were evil have been legalized, we are even told it s illegal to pray in JESUS NAME as if it were any body’s business how we choose to talk to GOD.

      If we do not reconize JESUS as the SON OF GOD, we will never enter the kingdom of GOD. Satan and O’whoever has us, they think just where they want and if there are things in which we disobey our earthly gods, we will eventually pay for it here in America just like they are paying for it, in other anti-GOd countires. The only we can be saved from this torture and death is that JESUS will come soon. The Bible in it’s descriptions of the worlds progress toward the end, we have reached the end days, just before the second appearing of JESUS. This distresses Satan and his followers, very much. It seems that they do not realize that the things they are doing,are the things that will bring JESUS back.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Too bad barry hussein can’t get in the trenches and have to save his own mulatto ass then maybe he’d have some respect our men and women in uniform…

  3. JJM says:

    No doubts, he is a self centered, self serving individual. Such have little or no respect for anyone else. He has no respect for the people he serves, why as Commander-In-Cheek would he respect his military?

  4. david dexter says:

    i am amazed that people arent lined up at every appearance this bogus sob attends raining bullets down on the bastard,i guess its true only good die young

  5. CODE 401 OBAMA NEEDED TO BE IMPEACHED LONG AGO
    What kind of fools do we have in Congress? He committed one impeachable offense after another yet not a word came out of Congress to stop him from castrating America. He is openly at war with the coal industry based upon the fallacious theory that man’s activity causes heating of the earth. I do not think that this is what brought on the end of the Ice Age since there were not many cars around thousands of years ago. He has been killing coal with outrageous regulations which will force an increase in the price of coal and be a further burden on the American people. Of course, putting it to the American people is one of his main goals to get even with the white man. He acquired his hatred of the white man not only from his attendance in the hate church of Jeremiah Wright for some twenty years, but also from his father who hated the white English colonialists who kept Kenyans from slaughtering one another. I say “hate” church because Rev. Wright preached hatred of America, whites, blacks who did not agree with him, Jews and the free enterprise capitalist system. Obviously, Obama was and good listener and Wright’s ideas grew in fertile land.
    One way in which Obama gave vent to his hatred of America was by tying the hands of much of the energy industry across the country. I find that his arbitrary and unconstitutional act of placing a moratorium on drilling for oil in the Gulf is the most egregious act against this nation because it has killed thousands of needed jobs and places us even more precariously over the OPEC oil barrel. He even ignored a judge’s order to lift the moratorium. Does this not seem to be an impeachable offense? It seems he crowned himself “King Obama,” the first and last, I hope!
    Looking for another impeachable offense? In his arbitrary action of making war upon Gaddafi’s Libya, he got approval from the Arab League and the U.N. and declared he did not have to get the consent of Congress. This is a brazen violation of our Constitution. Even the leftist Democrat Dennis Kucinich said that Obama’s actions “would appear on its face to be an impeachable offense.” May I suggest that any Democrats who want to remain in politics should join with Republicans to impeach Obama? Those who want this country to survive as a free republic have a duty to impeach him. It is no mystery why Obama said, “Gaddafi must go.” We may soon find that the rabble that will replace him will be Islamists who want to impose Sharia law upon Libya. We, the American people must say: “Obama must go!”
    Here’s a passage from CSPAN.org that explains the intent of our founding fathers in great clarity: “The Congress decides the definition [of impeachable offenses]: by majority vote in the House for Impeachment, and by 2/3 vote in the Senate for conviction. The Framers of the Constitution deliberately put Impeachment into the hands of the legislative branch rather than the judicial branch, thus transforming it from strictly a matter of legal definition to a matter of political judgment.”
    And Jon Roland, an acknowledged expert on Constitutional and legal history with the Constitution Society gives a modern day example of such acts: “Offenses of this kind survive today in the Uniform Code of Military Justice. It recognizes as punishable offenses such things as:
    Refusal to obey orders – he refused or ignored orders from federal judges, he sued the State of Arizona for upholding immigration laws that he refuses to enforce which he is sworn to do under our Constitution,
    Abuse of authority – he took over much of the auto industry, took money from bond holders and gave it to his union supporters, and imposed health care (ObamaCare) around our necks using threats, intimidation and bribery, gave billions of dollars to CEOs, especially those of banks, that had supported his election campaign, gave rights reserved for citizens to Muslim terrorists by having them tried in civil courts rather than military, he is using every trick in a liberal’s bag of deceptive tricks to give amnesty to illegal immigrants so as to flood the country with more dependents upon government which will feel obliged to vote their Democrat ticket, he took irresponsible steps that had to and did lower the credit rating of the U.S.A. and built up trillions of dollars in debt that will be imposed upon our children and their children as part of his desire to overwhelm the system. His actions which destroyed the economy have proven to be an extra heavy burden on black Americans. If one is afraid to impeach this scoundrel for fear of being called a racist, just make it clear that the sooner we rid ourselves of this parasite and imposter, the faster blacks and other Americans will find employment.
    Dereliction of duty – allowed Erick Holder, head of the DOJ, to ignore intimidation of voters by the New Black Panther Party of thugs which amounts to giving license to blacks to attack or threaten whites at will,
    Moral turpitude –shady land deal with convicted felon Tony Rezko, the Cook County Assessor’s Office confirms that Obama has likely committed real estate and tax fraud in a deal with Tony Rezko in Chicago; his refusal to prove to the American people that he is eligible to even hold the office is, ipso facto, an impeachable offense and the Democrat Party is guilty of conspiracy to defraud the American people by not properly investigating his eligibility,
    And conduct unbecoming – went around the world apologizing for actions of the U.S.A., gave $2Billion to Brazil to drill while leaving in place his illegal moratorium on drilling in our coastal areas; he insulted our oldest ally, Great Britain, by returning the bust of Winston Churchill given to the U.S.A. as a token of thanks and respect and his offensive behavior toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and demand that Israel start peace negations with the Arab countries by going back to the 1967 borders – this is demanding that Israel commit suicide; the not-so reverend Jeremiah Wright is surely more than pleased!
    We are living under the fascist heel of the Obama dictatorship; it is up to our senators and representatives in Congress to impeach him quickly, well before 2012, before he gets his amnesty plan for illegal immigrants to continue – it is already in play against the wishes of the American people! Any congressman who does not immediately move for impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama should be fired come the next election!
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  6. Maybe you ASS CLOWN right wing veterans ought to remember back to when Dubya was president. The right wing think tanks AEI, Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, V.P. Cheney, and Rumsfeld had their pointman, the Under Secretary of Defense, DR. DAVID S. C. CHU out there proclaiming that ANY veterans benefits were a drag on our national readiness posture and needed to be eliminated. Had McLame been elected, Dr. Chu’s Rasputin vision would have become reality. Instead Obama was elected and DVA funding increased. Should Obama go down in 2012, a President Perry or Batshit Crazy Bachmannn will gut the DVA. Then you RIGHT-WING ASS CLOWNS will get what you deserve and it will be a little foretaste of what you’ve got coming for eternity after your judgement: the flames of the Lake of Fire!

    • FED-UP says:

      Well SPLATZ, I love to see you splatz all over the ground from a fall of 30,000 feet and I’d hold a celebration to that fact. Your too sick to comment on at this point so I’ll just have to pray for you ASS-CLOWN

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  9. Earnest Binghamton says:

    If “Obama has undermined the very freedoms our men are fighting to protect by violating the Constitution’s strictures in launching an unauthorized war in Libya,” then doesn’t that mean that President Bush undermined those freedoms as well but with declaring war on Iraq?

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