Obama Needs No Military Advice to Launch a Military Action in Syria

PolitiChicks.comOnce again we hear that President Obama is planning a military strike inside of Syria and once again he says he does not need Congressional authority to strike. Some would agree that we are facing a grave threat to our national security and that indeed Obama does have the authority to strike on his own. After all, a President has a vast amount of military experience surrounding him in the White House and he can draw from that extensive experience to inform his decision.

If you thought he might surround himself with those with the most military experience and find solace in his advisors knowing just what to do…you may be disappointed. Recently, Obama met with top members of both parties to discuss how to handle ISIS/IL. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi came representing the Democratic leadership and neither have ever served one hour in the military. On the other side of the aisle we have GOP leaders John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. Neither can be said to have actual military experience, though both have a “service record”.

Boehner enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1968 and served a whopping 8 weeks before being discharged with a bad back. Mitchell McConnell has a slightly longer service record, although his service was in the Army Reserves. McConnell enlisted in 1967 and served less than 6 months before he was discharged with an eye problem. Neither man actually qualifies to claim veteran’s status as that would require a minimum of 180 days of continuous honorable service.

So, it seems odd that President Obama who has never served a day in the military and is seen by many in the military as inept, that he would surround himself with people of such ignorance on the issue of military action. Perhaps it points to his belief that he is all knowing and needs no outside opinions other than those who find agreement with his.

If President Obama were meeting with these individuals to seek their support it would be fitting but as he has already made clear he does not need Congress to act, this is doubtful. Perhaps he met with the party leaders to talk about political answers to a military problem. More likely than all other options, Obama met with party leaders for a photo op to show he is reaching out to Congress. However, as DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz would put it, “He is giving them the back of his hand” rather than seeking a hand shake of agreement.

Shannon Grady

South Carolina Politichick Shannon Grady came to the staff in late 2013 with experience writing political pieces on US foreign, domestic, and education policy for SGPAction.com. Shannon has also been a guest commentator on The PonyTail Patriot BlogTalkRadio show. Shannon brings a unique perspective to European politics as she is able to cover events happening across Europe from the heart of the EU, while living in Brussels, Belgium. Her articles include original coverage of the Memorial Day events at Flanders Field, Belgium and the 70th anniversary D-Day events in Normandy, France. Shannon has a BA in History from the University of South Carolina, a Masters from Webster University, and recently finished her doctorate program at Liberty University where she focused on Educational Leadership and Administration. She currently teaches online AP courses in Macro and Micro Economics and AP US history. She is the wife of active duty Army officer LTC Matthew Grady who is currently assigned to NATO in Belgium and the mother of one rambunctious little boy. Follow Shannon on Twitter: @SGPAExPat

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