- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 13, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In “War courts for war crimes” (Opinion, Dec. 14), Frank J. Gaffney Jr. is, as usual, clear-minded on the right from wrong of the posed and staged manner of Team Obama in matters of national defense and our military.

As always, our poser hijacks both the name and the honor of our U.S. military to create the impression that he supports it and it supports his policies.

This cheap political act is a high insult to the integrity of our armed forces, but more, it is an important Carteresque signal to our enemies that our nation and its commander-in-chief lack the will to fight and ultimately to pay the price to achieve victory.

By re-crafting the values ingrained in our national soul into some form of obeisance to the imagined international community, the president signals that his heart is not in this fight.

By holding our warriors to inane standards of care, which criminalize their actions - while allowing for rights to our die-hard enemies as if they were petty domestic thieves - sets a dangerous precedent. It also is the highest form of insult to members of our military, who risk their lives in defense of our freedoms.

The unstated truth is that Mr. Obama does not believe in this fight and he, like his militant Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., has a brazen disdain for our troops. It is simple: Their values are the antithesis of Team Obama’s creed as a matter of long-held indoctrination.

Our nation is starting to comprehend this reality, and none too soon.

ROBERT F. AGOSTINELLI

Paris

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