There is a real internal fight shaping up that I suspect is going to fester into a significant wound to Barack Obama’s Presidency.The Joint Chiefs of Staff are in open and public rebellion against the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs over Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Most troubling, the Obama administration neither consulted nor advices the Chiefs before rushing off the congress with the proposal to lift DADT.
Adm. Mullen approved a White House deal for Congress to go ahead with a vote on repeal of the law barring openly gay members from the military, rather than waiting for completion in December of a Pentagon study that is seeking the views of troops. Adm. Mullen’s move brought an instant rebuttal from the four chiefs in the form of letters to Congress urging lawmakers not to hold the vote.In fact, the service chiefs did not see the Pentagon-White House-congressional deal to rush a vote until after the administration announced it May 24, Pentagon officials said.
Remember how leakers from the CIA did their best to undermine George Bush? When this starts happening with reckless abandon from the Pentagon, Obama will be in serious trouble.The public already suspects the man is weak. Our enemies know he is weak. The man clearly holds the military in contempt, but the public hasn’t paid attention to the issue. It’s one thing to ignore the Gulf Coast states. They aren’t going to vote for him anyway. Military issues are swing state issues.In a very short time we will see the military bureaucracy go to war with Obama on the battlefield of public opinion.And he will lose.