OPINION: After a Decade of Confusion Our Troops Deserve a Commander in Chief Who Is Worthy of Them
By Benjamin Collins | FoxNews.com
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America we will have the opportunity to listen to both presidential candidates on Wednesday evening in a “commander in chief” forum focused on national security, military and veteran issues.
This forum presents an opportunity for both candidates to discuss how we as a country need to fulfil its obligations to our veterans and to layout a clear intent for those currently serving that recognizes our service men and women are still in harm’s way regardless of the current political narrative that seeks to minimize battlefield realities.
Our next commander in chief will assume command of a military whose budgetary strains have reduced its ability to train and fight as they should.
The veteran population has seen the sacrifices made for battlefield gains over the last 15 years squandered away. And just as troubling has been our inability to take care of those who were lucky enough to come home at all. This is a national disgrace, it's no secret, and yet it still is allowed to fester.
And while we are still counting the cost of our forever wars in both blood and coin, our men and women in uniform will always be willing to undertake any mission that the American people and our commander in chief ask of them. They deserve to know he or she will unfailingly support them and more importantly, has the capacity to ensure those sacrifices will not be in vain.
Our pattern of following up initial battlefield successes with our intransigent bureaucracy and political gamesmanship is why, after 14 years, we see an Iraq and Afghanistan with little to show for our efforts and sacrifices.