Barack Obama is going to make Donald Trump’s time as President as difficult as he can.
He’s already put the word out that he will not afford Trump the same courtesy George W. Bush gave him when he refused to comment on Obama’s decisions as President.
But Obama is stooping to an even lower level with his latest speech.
In his final national security speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, Obama encouraged soldiers to speak out against Trump.
“In his final address to America’s armed forces, President Barack Obama reminded troops that once Donald J. Trump becomes president, soldiers have a duty to question his authority and criticize him. Obama also said the Second Amendment and global warming can be blamed for terrorism.
Obama stood before soldiers at MacDill Air Force Base, in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, December 6, to talk about “the foundation that we will leave for the next administration,” CNSNews.com reported.
Characterizing the military’s mission as a fight against “violent extremism,” Obama insisted that soldiers need to rise up against Trump if they feel he is pushing policies that are ill considered.
Obama told the troops, “each of us has…the universal right to speak your minds and to protest against authority; to live in a society that’s open and free; that can criticize our president without retribution.”
It was a stunning act of betrayal by an outgoing President.
And it was extremely hypocritical.
Obama fired General McChrystal for speaking out against his failed policies.
General Stanley McChrystal was fired in 2010 after he made comments to Rolling Stone magazine that were critical of many members of the Obama administration.
McChrystal does not directly criticize Obama in the article, but Hastings writes that the general and Obama “failed to connect” from the outset. Sources familiar with the meeting said McChrystal thought Obama looked “uncomfortable and intimidated” by the room full of top military officials, according to the article.
Later, McChrystal’s first one-on-one meeting with Obama “was a 10-minute photo op,” Hastings writes, quoting an adviser to McChrystal. “Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was. Here’s the guy who’s going to run his f—ing war, but he didn’t seem very engaged. The Boss (McChrystal) was disappointed.”
The article goes on to paint McChrystal as a man who “has managed to piss off almost everyone with a stake in the conflict,” including U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, special representative to Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke and national security adviser Jim Jones. Obama is not named as one of McChrystal’s “team of rivals.”
Obama also fired General James “Mad Dog” Mattis – whom Trump would nominate to be Secretary of Defense – for his questioning of Obama’s Iran Policy.
Thomas Ricks writes on Foreignpolicy.com:
“Word on the national security street is that General James Mattis is being given the bum’s rush out of his job as commander of Central Command, and is being told to vacate his office several months earlier than planned.
Why the hurry? Pentagon insiders say that he rubbed civilian officials the wrong way — not because he went all “mad dog,” which is his public image, and the view at the White House, but rather because he pushed the civilians so hard on considering the second- and third-order consequences of military action against Iran. Some of those questions apparently were uncomfortable. Like, what do you do with Iran once the nuclear issue is resolved and it remains a foe? What do you do if Iran then develops conventional capabilities that could make it hazardous for U.S. Navy ships to operate in the Persian Gulf? He kept saying, “And then what?”
Obama encouraging troops to mutiny against their Commander-in-Chief when he fired generals for disagreeing with him is hypocritical.
It is also an attempt to poison the water between the incoming President and active duty soldiers.