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Old 01-05-2017, 6:46am   #1
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Defense Leaders Salute Obama at Armed Forces Farewell Ceremony

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2017 — Defense leaders hailed the commitment and accomplishments of departing commander in chief President Barack Obama in a formal military ceremony as he closes out his presidency.
Departing commander in chief, President Barack Obama, salutes the troops during an armed forces full honor farewell ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Jan. 4, 2017. Service members from across the services took part in the event, which included Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford. Senior defense leaders thanked Obama for his accomplishments over the past eight years in protecting the nation and supporting the military. Army photo by Pvt. Gabriel A. Silva
Departing commander in chief, President Barack Obama, salutes the troops during an armed forces full honor farewell ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Jan. 4, 2017. Service members from across the services took part in the event, which included Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford. Senior defense leaders thanked Obama for his accomplishments over the past eight years in protecting the nation and supporting the military. Army photo by Pvt. Gabriel A. Silva

Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hosted the armed forces full honor review farewell ceremony today at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia. Vice President Joe Biden was a guest of honor.

"I can stand before you today and say that there has been no greater privilege and no greater honor, than serving as commander in chief of the greatest military in the history of the world," Obama said.

Carter and Dunford thanked Obama for his commitment to the troops and lauded his strategic leadership and decisions that protected the nation and strengthened the force.

"Through it all, President Obama has led our military with an appreciation that America's defense is so vital that we, to whom it is entrusted, must ensure its continuity and excellence across the years and across the domains of armed conflict," Carter said.

In the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the president consistently supported the development and acceleration of the coalition military campaign plan, the secretary said.

That effort, Carter said, is "focused on destroying the fact and the idea of an Islamic state based on this evil ideology in Iraq and Syria, countering the ISIL cancer's metastases everywhere they emerge."

Obama directed eight years of "unrelenting strikes on al-Qaida to devastate that terrorist organization both before and after bringing Osama bin Laden to justice," Carter said.

Obama has built a counterterrorism apparatus that has thwarted "countless plots" against the homeland, according to Carter. The president, Carter said, did all this consistent with the values of the United States.

"Our president knows, as he's put it, that we lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals we fight to defend," the secretary said.

Other notable achievements as listed by Carter include the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, standing with NATO allies to lead a united response to deter Russian aggression, and securing an accord that is preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

'You've Always Been There for Us'

Dunford, the highest-ranking U.S. military officer, noted the United States has been at war throughout Obama's presidency.

"That's a period longer than any other American president," the general said. "And throughout those years, you've always been there for us."

Dunford said the president visited deployed troops around the world, spent time with wounded warriors, traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to receive the remains of the fallen and visited the fallen at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Military members have selflessly served and sacrificed around the world, as they protected the nation in the best fighting force in the world, Obama said.

Through their service and sacrifice over years of continuous conflict, they have earned their place among the greatest generations, the president said.

"Because of you, our alliances are stronger, from Europe to the Asia-Pacific," Obama said. "Because of you we surged in Afghanistan, trained Afghan forces to defend their country, while bringing most of our troops home."

Now U.S. forces serve in Afghanistan on a more limited mission, Obama said, "because we must never again allow Afghanistan to be used for safe haven in attacks against our nation."

The president praised U.S. military members, including Special Operations members, for decimating al-Qaida’s core leadership.

“Countless terrorist leaders, including Osama bin Laden are gone,” Obama said. “From South Asia to Africa, we have forged partnerships to go after terrorists that threaten us.”

Also, ISIL terrorists “have lost about half of their territory,” Obama said. “They are losing their leaders, towns and cities are being liberated.”

The president said has no doubt that ISIL “will be destroyed” due to the efforts of the U.S. and its coalition partners.

Women can now serve in military combat roles, Obama said. In addition, service members do not have to hide who they are to serve the country they love.

During the ceremony, the president reviewed the troops from the five military branches, and received from Carter the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. The event featured a 21-gun salute, and music from the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.

Earlier today, Obama expressed his gratitude for the counsel of the defense leaders and the work of the men and women of the military, as he met at the White House with Carter and Dunford, as well as the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, and the combatant commanders.
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I can't tell you how many retired or Ex Military have told me they look forward to Obama being out of office.
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That is a nauseating display of political azz kissing. It makes me want to throw up.
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I guess they skipped the order to aim. Obama is still breathing.
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What exactly was anyone expecting? Take it for what it is, and be glad the idiot will be gone in a few more days.
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I can't tell you how many retired or Ex Military have told me they look forward to Obama being out of office.
James, me, a list of folks we know...

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"That effort, Carter said, is "focused on destroying the fact and the idea of an Islamic state based on this evil ideology in Iraq and Syria, countering the ISIL cancer's metastases everywhere they emerge."

Just yesterday, I read the Russians, after cleaning out ISIL bad guys, found weapons and bombs in storage with "Made in the US" markings inside Aleppo. The Russians planted those, right? It's always those damn Russians messing around, right?
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James, me, a list of folks we know...

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"That effort, Carter said, is "focused on destroying the fact and the idea of an Islamic state based on this evil ideology in Iraq and Syria, countering the ISIL cancer's metastases everywhere they emerge."

Just yesterday, I read the Russians, after cleaning out ISIL bad guys, found weapons and bombs in storage with "Made in the US" markings inside Aleppo. The Russians planted those, right? It's always those damn Russians messing around, right?


At the same time lowering qualification standards for the front line troops just so these liberal twits could push thier agenda VS defend our country.
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Did you see the ceremony and all the empty seats? They couldn't even draw a rent-a-crowd for him. Pathetic.

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That's as phucked up as the Nobel the POS got just because he was black.
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James, me, a list of folks we know...

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"That effort, Carter said, is "focused on destroying the fact and the idea of an Islamic state based on this evil ideology in Iraq and Syria, countering the ISIL cancer's metastases everywhere they emerge."

Just yesterday, I read the Russians, after cleaning out ISIL bad guys, found weapons and bombs in storage with "Made in the US" markings inside Aleppo. The Russians planted those, right? It's always those damn Russians messing around, right?
They did. 99% of all the anti-Russia, Russia hacked the election, Putin is a monster lately is simply this. Obama and Clinton and McCain had a plan to get rid of Mubarak, Qaddafi, Assad, and some others in their "Arab Spring" fiasco. Supported the Muslim Brotherhood candicate Morsi and ensured he got elected (he's gone now, Obama hates that.) They oopsied in Libya and sorta armed to the teeth terrorists who turned out to be al Qaeda. Then McCain went to Syria to get "Syrian Rebels" who would overthrow Assad. Arms were passed to them through Qatar, and these "rebels" were just the Muslim Brotherhood front for what became ISIS.

When ISIS started growing, Obama was fine with it because hey, he just wanted Assad gone. At one point he ordered an airstrike on Syrian army forces who were about to seriously destroy a large number of his precious "rebels" (aka head choppers) and killed over 80 Syrian army dudes to stop that. So we literally killed Syrians to save ISIS fighters. Sooo, when Putin was asked to help Assad, their ally, to get rid of these pesky rebels, Putin said Da and ruined Obama's and McCain's plans. And now, in a pique, they are lashing out like wounded animals. And yes, many American weapons were found in huge caches in Aleppo, and yes the residents there celebrated when Barry's ISIS buds finally left, and oh a bunch of American sarin gas was found...
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I can't tell you how many retired or Ex Military have told me they look forward to Obama being out of office.
Here's one! He is probably the WORST thing that ever happened to the military. The .mil is now just one big PC cesspool and social experiment. Somehow, that dipstick forgot that the military's job is to break shit and kill people. I would rather have eaten a giant shit sandwich than be voluntold to stand in any kind of formation honoring him.....
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Since I'm currently still on active duty, I'll hold my opinion until Jan 21st
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Since I'm currently still on active duty, I'll hold my opinion until Jan 21st
Let me guess...

And one last thing for everyone. In 2010 George Soros gave Human Rights Watch $100,000,000. Guess who supplied all the BS propaganda to the west for our consumption? They were a huge part of it. I'm sure it was all fair and balanced.
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