Bill amd Karen Vaughn, parents of a fallen US Navy SEAL, wrote a letter to President Obama, expressing their anger and dismay over his lack of leadership, particularly in light of the actions of ISIS. Due to his failings, they've called for him to resign from his office and to let someone else willing to do what's necessary execute the duties of the Commander in Chief.
An excerpt from their letter:
After finally choosing to view the barbaric, on-camera beheading by ISIS of freelance war correspondent James Foley, I have been left with a level of rage known only to those of us who have sacrificed unspeakable offerings on the altar of world peace.They go on to list his deficiencies, his failures, his unwillingness to act when action is called for. It is apparent to them that the present occupant of the White House isn't up to the job, isn't willing to do what's necessary, and would rather let more innocents die than make a hard choice to end the actions of 7th century barbarians using their religion as an excuse to commit heinous acts.
My offering was my only son — Aaron Carson Vaughn. Aaron was a member of SEAL Team VI. He was killed in action when a CH47D Chinook, carrying thirty Americans and eight Afghans was shot down in the Tangi River Valley of Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011.
Many times over the past three years, I have been asked what drove my son to choose his particular career. What made him want to be a Navy SEAL? My answer is simple.
Aaron Vaughn was a man who possessed the courage to acknowledge evil. And evil, once truly acknowledged, demands response. Perhaps this is why so few are willing to look it in the eye. It is much simpler — much safer — to look the other way.
That is, unless you are the leader of the Free World.
As Commander-in-Chief, your actions — or lack thereof — Mr. President, cost lives. As you bumble about in your golf cart, slapping on a happy face and fist-pounding your buddies, your cowardly lack of leadership has left a gaping hole — not only in America’s security — but the security of the entire globe. Your message has come across loud and clear, sir: You are not up to this job. You know it. We know it. The world knows it.
Please vacate the people’s house and allow a man or woman of courage and substance to seize the reigns of this out-of-control thug-fest and regain the balance we, America, have provided throughout our great history.
I agree with every point the Vaughns and must add one of my own: better we fight them there than on our own soil. As the old TV ad states, “You can pay me now, or you can pay me later.” The price of doing little or nothing (I do not consider air strikes as taking action so much as mere delaying tactics) will be greater when we have to deal with those murdering bastards once they bring the war here.
But then, wasn't Obama “playing nice” supposed to stay the hand of our enemies?
As anyone understanding human nature could have told him and his cronies, all playing nice has done is encourage our enemies to greater acts of violence and perfidy because they perceive us as being weak. They know the President will do nothing but posture, make speeches promising nothing, and then return to his golf game or fund-raising activities.
It's time for the bum to leave office before the war we should have been allowed to win comes here.