Those Twenty-Somethin’ Colonels

Obama at West Point-2By: Susan Bea Good

Our President gave a speech last Wednesday, at the commencement ceremony for the United States’ Military Academy at West Point.

This one was full of the usual self-focused ramblings and artificially familiar “shout outs”…at one point the President assured the cadets that their military leadership skills would likely not be needed in the world he is recreating. For his new world will have fewer conflicts requiring their high level services. He would be their “protector”…they could count on that!

Then on Friday we heard from our Commander in Chief again, as he reigned over the firing of General Eric Shinseki from his position as Director of the Veteran’s Administration.

A most distasteful segment of this delivery came when the President, referencing the now disgraced General’s past heroic military service, sited as an example, frequent situations when it was necessary for the General to “order an attack just based on a phone call from some 20-something-year-old corporal, and he’s got to trust that he’s getting good information, and it’s life or death.”

This President, who probably couldn’t run a lemonade stand successfully, suggests that a man in his twenties, who has attained the rank of colonel, is lacking the knowledge and wisdom to expect that his word would be trusted by a superior officer!

Not a week passes that this President’s behavior doesn’t further clarify his disdain for everything good in this nation. It’s been a long five and a half years, and the next two and a half will probably seem even longer!

“In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.” (Ecclesiastes 7:14/ESV)

The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it.


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