Obama visits Arlington National Cemetery, asks Americans not to take troops for granted

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  • MrTuscadero Houston, TX
    June 1, 2013 2:33 p.m.

    One thing that is seldom mentioned is that Arlington National Cemetery is located on property that formerly belonged to General Robert E. Lee. Following the Civil War, he was branded a traitor, even though he fought to defend his home state of Virginia from troops which traveled all across the American south, looting, killing, and burning like Attila the Hun. Those who think of the Civil War in terms of reruns of "Gone With the Wind" don't get this.

    Abam's presence at Arlington only serves to illustrate that there is a high price to be paid in any conflict over civil rights, and the stakes are very high if you lose. In the upcoming conflict, of whatever form it takes, most of us are not even planning to fight, so that is simply "polanning to lose."

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 30, 2013 10:07 a.m.


    So why jet fighters, tanks, and billions of dollars to the Muslim Brotherhood? Why are we still in Afghanistan?

  • Interloper Portland, OR
    May 30, 2013 8:16 a.m.

    President Obama's recent rethinking of the rules for American military engagement internationally will be of historical significance. He is the first modern president in that sense. Battling international terrorism differs from previous strategic decision-making and requires a thorough understanding of U.S.' and international' interests. Obama is the man to do that.

    Unlike his adversaries, McCain and Romney, Obama is too young to have served in Vietnam. (Romney avoided service. McCain is a hero and was a POW.) Obama has arrived at his understanding of the military through research and analysis. His willingness to place faith in experienced military men to carry out the strategies he develops as chief executive is admirable.

    Anyone able to appreciate the role of the U.S. president in today's world should realize President Obama's foreign policy has been a success.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 28, 2013 11:43 p.m.

    Tom in CA:

    You forgot! It was a video which led to the attack. Not terrorists.

    I have more respect for Lt. Dan, then our commander.

  • county mom Monroe, UT
    May 28, 2013 5:17 p.m.

    Actually, JoeBlow, the democrats have a tendancy to cut money for veterans and military benefits far more often.
    Do you want to know why so many of our military families are on food stamps?
    Maybe you should look into why veterans disability is cut while welfare and federal disability monies are increased.
    If you loose your mind to drug abuse and become fatter then a cow, you will get more government assistance, then if you have PTSD and loose you legs to war.
    Families on welfare get more money then families in the service of our country.
    Liberal politics.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    May 28, 2013 3:05 p.m.

    The way I have always seen it is that the GOP supports War. The dems are more likely to support the troops.

  • the old switcharoo mesa, AZ
    May 28, 2013 1:46 p.m.

    Only more proof it doesn't matter what he says. The fruits of hate are very apparent. When I agreed with Bush, I was happy to admit it. Although it was rare.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 28, 2013 1:34 p.m.

    I suppose NOT taking troupes for granted would also apply to NOT abandoning troupes trying to defend the Benghazi US compound?? I would assume that any President who truly cared about US troupes would have stayed in touch through out the night of the Benghazi attack instead of getting one brief update - going to bed - then jumping back out on the campaign trail the next morning as if nothing had happened. I would also assume a president who truly cared would have ordered in reinforcements instead of giving the order to 'stand down'. Yes it is always good to have an example as president rather than a complete fraud and hypocrite. Say one thing - do another - the Obama motto. What a disgrace.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    May 28, 2013 1:32 p.m.

    This coming from a "commander-in-chief" who was AWOL on the night 4 Americans were slaughtered in Benghazi. Further - he won't say where he was. Don't take our troops for granted???

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 28, 2013 1:19 p.m.


    thank you for your service.

    BO was correct not to give in to Malaki's requests

    He was INCORRECT to want to stay longer.

  • county mom Monroe, UT
    May 28, 2013 1:12 p.m.

    I have no respect for Obama.

    Who is leading this nation? the president doesn't know anything!
    He learns about what is going on when he watches the news!
    What comes out of this Presidents mouth is nothing but words with no substance behind them.

    He says one thing and does another.

  • omahahusker Modesto, CA
    May 28, 2013 10:47 a.m.

    @ lost in DC -

    I didn't miss it. I am a Vet that was there in 2010-2011 while the negotiations were ongoing. It wasn't going to work, Pres. Malaki wanted full judicial control of the military. US servicemen could be held and tried by the Iraq government. One of the few times I will give Pres. Obama credit during his time in office. We were wrong to go there, we stayed too long.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 28, 2013 10:23 a.m.

    in case you missed it, BO was negotiating with the Iraqis to stay longer than the the exit bush had worked out with them. BO gets no credit here.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 28, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    The military might that we have is muffled by a President, Vice-President and Secretary of Defense and it appears that top appointed Generals by this President have failed in their leadership training they received. They may try to manage but they have failed leading our troops to higher standards and values. The unfortunate aspect is people have fallen a notch or two on what is character, leadership, responsibility, accountability, integrity, honor and the teachings that were valued by our ancestors. The military were a higher notch when this President took office in 2009 but without a Commander-in-Chief that is supposed to govern at the head and several Secretaries of Defense that have lacked the Core Values that the military have as a guide and compass for morality, we are lacking.

    If the top Generals and Colonels don't lead by example, they have failed their dedicated men and women on the front lines. After awhile, even the Internet becomes a tool for the wrong purposes with quick access to sites that don't build character nor bring truth and wisdom from their leaders. In the military you have to have trust. If it doesn't exist, sad days.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    May 28, 2013 8:15 a.m.

    I echo the fine comment from @Riverton Cougar as well as that of@Tom in CA.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    May 27, 2013 7:38 p.m.

    Hollow words from a hollow man.

  • omahahusker Modesto, CA
    May 27, 2013 7:10 p.m.

    President Obama had to take a crash course to learn the function of a modern military. That being said, Mr. Obama been far from perfect, give him credit when the status of forces agreement had reached it's expiration date for Iraq, he had the courage to say enough, Iraq will stand on it's own without the United States Military having a forever commitment in an Arab nation. Soon the time will expire for the Afghanistan, hopefully all the troops return back to the United States.
    What occurred in Bengazi was a failure, assets could have been used to protect lives and send a clear message to the Radical Muslim world that acts of terrorism will swiftly be dealt with. It will do no good to intervene in Syria when the Arab World should deal with their Arab neighbor. The challenge for Mr. Obama and Sec. Hagel is how and when to use the the US Military. Maybe a thorough reading of the Weinburger Doctrine will save thousands of lives of US Servicemen.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    May 27, 2013 6:55 p.m.

    Interesting statement coming from the man who is responsible for giving orders to stand down when fellow troops were dying, then later admitting to not knowing.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 27, 2013 1:08 p.m.

    This President saying this is about as true blue as President Clinton wearing the brown leather military flight jacket when both have distaste for the military and all it entails except for maybe picking up votes or followers to the next election, which won't be this President except for claiming martial law.

    John McCain did a great patriot job in the military for Washington, D.C. and his work in the Senate has finally got to him in a way that isn't positive for his next few years or a legacy after that.

    Military members, retirees and veterans need more respect than these two former Presidents can give.

    Military doesn't need a Commander-in-Chief that doesn't have Integrity and Honor that centuries of military men and women have given to this great country and it's citizens. However, citizens that take what they have for granted will soon realize that they have given up the freedoms that men and women have given their blood for others to have.

    Citizens don't go to polling booths due to their excuses of their vote doesn't count. Citizens have become by-standers instead of participators of government.

  • IndeMak South Jordan, UT
    May 27, 2013 11:29 a.m.

    There's the pot calling the kettle black.