“An unpopular president in the eyes of the men and women in uniform.”
President Obama has never enjoyed a very high approval rating from members of America’s armed forces, but the end of 2014 finds him at a remarkable new low.
Charlie Spiering of Breitbart reported:
President Obama’s Approval Ratings Crater With Active Duty Military
Active duty members of the United States military are not happy with their commander-in-chief.
According to a Military Times survey, President Obama’s popularity rating has cratered to just 15 percent in 2014.
That is a new low for the President, falling from an already low approval rating of 35 percent in 2009. The poll of nearly 2,300 active duty members also shows that Obama’s disapproval ratings have increased to 55 percent.
The particularly low rating comes as Obama has launched air strikes in response to Islamic State terrorists taking territory and resources in both Iraq and Syria, vowing to keep combat ground troops out of the conflict. He has also deployed members of the military to combat the Ebola threat in Africa.
The Military Times survey cited by Spiering is very frank. Stephen Losey writes:
Obama’s mark on the military
Obama is an unpopular president in the eyes of the men and women in uniform. Yet his two-term administration is etching a deep imprint on the culture inside the armed forces. As commander in chief, he will leave behind a legacy that will shape the Pentagon’s personnel policies and the social customs of rank-and-file troops for decades to come.
Speaking of the Pentagon, can you guess who’s sending more troops back to Iraq?
It’s not Obama, it’s the Pentagon. An excellent catch by Ace of Spades.
Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon:
Pentagon to Deploy Up to 1,300 Troops to Iraq in New Year
The Pentagon has announced that up to 1,300 U.S. troops would be sent to Iraq in the New Year, despite promises by President Barack Obama that there would be “no boots on the ground” in Iraq or Syria.
Announcement of the new deployments to Baghdad was made to service members and the media just days before Christmas.
These troops, most of them from combat divisions, will deploy to Baghdad in “late January,” according to a Pentagon spokesman.
Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel officially “authorized” the deployment, which will consist of around 1,000 soldiers from the Fort Bragg-based 82nd Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team.
That’s strange. I thought Obama ended the Iraq War.
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