- - Monday, September 29, 2014


The people of this country needed a wartime commander in chief, and what we got is a reluctant Boy Scout leader who has no clue how to prosecute a war.

Point in fact, President Obama’s refusal to put boots on the ground is purely an ego-driven political choice because he wants his legacy to be that of the president who got us out of war.

I did some research on the cost of the Hellfire drone missile, which cost about $60,000 each. Mr. Obama, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John F. Kerry have been touting their great achievement of knocking out several pickup trucks costing between $10,000 and $20,000 (if that) and a few other Islamic State weapons. Add an extra $2,000 for a mounted machine gun. They have also used much more expensive missiles off our Navy ships to hit targets that should have been hit by helicopter gunships using mini cannons and rocket pods. Mr. Obama’s high-tech war doesn’t make any sense when it costs two to three times as much to destroy the enemy. All the bombing in the world from the air won’t get the job done.

As a Marine squad leader in mortars in Vietnam, we had helicopter gunships that attacked the enemy up-close and personal — and we had boots on the ground. We used airstrikes and artillery, but the enemy went underground, which compelled us to search them out. That is exactly what Mr. Obama will learn eventually. Mr. Obama should have listened to his generals and put his ego aside.


Warrenville, S.C.

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