In rare public appearance, George W. Bush calls on America to serve its vets

posted at 9:21 pm on February 19, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Pushing the Military Service Initiative, a project of his presidential library’s policy institute, President George W. Bush spoke in Dallas today, reminding the 99 percent of the responsibility they have to the 1 percent who keep them safe.

“They are the 1% of America who kept the 99% safe,” Bush said of the 2.5 million military members who have served since 9/11. “While it never hurts to say thank you, that is not really the point.”

Speaking at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas and joined by second lady Jill Biden, the former President did not sugarcoat the disconnect between service members, their families and the civilian public, which he called the “civilian-military divide.”

The initiative is a public-private partnership that started with a study and survey of post-9/11 veterans in cooperation with Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families. Some of its findings:

– Of the 2.5 million post-9/11 veterans, more than 2 million served in Afghanistan or Iraq.

– The average veteran spent one out of every three years overseas.

– 82 percent of the post-9/11 veterans said that they would recommend military service to someone considering signing up, and 94 percent said they were proud of their military service.

– 84 percent of the veterans say the American public has little awareness of the challenges they and their families face; 71 percent of Americans say they do not understand the problems facing our veterans.

– Post-9/11 veterans face ever higher rates of unemployment than their civilian counterparts, and this is their top concern.

– Veterans without a steady job are more susceptible to other problems, such as depression, addiction, homelessness and suicide.

– The dropout rate for veterans exceeds 50 percent at some institutions of higher learning.

Bush’s initiative has goals of tackling PTSD, which the former president emphasized should be considered a treatable ailment like any other, veteran unemployment, and the civilian-military divide, by focusing on getting results through research.

The research includes: a review and aggregation of all prior research and data on post-9/11 veterans; a survey of thought leaders in the private, public and non-profit sectors on veterans issues; and the development of a profile of the post-9/11 veteran.

From that, the Bush Institute hopes to create a set of best practices that can be applied to business, non-profits and other groups that are working with veterans and their families.

My friend James Brobyn is the executive director of the Travis Manion Foundation, on whose board I serve— a group dedicated to closing the civilian-military gap, serving and understanding families of the fallen and returning vets, helping them navigate transitions and find purpose in the civilian world. He was at the event today and pointed me to this motion graphic, which summarizes the profile of the post-9/11 veteran. The full research will be released in April:


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And Paul Ryan cut their pensions.

Not the pensions of lazy ass government workers, just the military.

ConstantineXI on February 19, 2014 at 9:25 PM

I’m pissed at W. right now. He and Laura were posing with ‘doctor’ Jill Biden.

Lanceman on February 19, 2014 at 9:27 PM

“They are the 1% of America who kept the 99% safe,” Bush said of the 2.5 million military members who have served since 9/11. “While it never hurts to say thank you, that is not really the point.”

This @ssclown still can’t admit to himself that the 1% fought, died, got maimed and psychologically traumatized for his lies that got them into Iraq. Even worse, he had the gall to laugh about it.

Bush should have his presidential pension confiscated in order to provide for those who needlessly suffered because of his lies.

antifederalist on February 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

I don`t care if anyone here gets on my a** for this, but I really miss that guy.

ThePrez on February 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

say what you will, but GWB had more class
in the heal of his Texas boot..
than this whole WH bunch…

going2mars on February 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

I think it is outrageous how George W. Bush has been silent about everything Obama has been doing. Why does he say nothing? Because of some gentlemanly unspoken rule that former presidents are supposed to follow?

At least Dick Cheney has trashed Obama on more than one occasion.

bluegill on February 19, 2014 at 9:30 PM

I don`t care if anyone here gets on my a** for this, but I really miss that guy.

ThePrez on February 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

So do I, so do I…

OmahaConservative on February 19, 2014 at 9:30 PM

I’m pissed at W. right now. He and Laura were posing with ‘doctor’ Jill Biden.

Lanceman on February 19, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Is that unusual? The Bushes have always mixed it up with Democrats. They are contemptible and always have been. We have Reagan and his team to thank for giving them a leg up, politically.

rickv404 on February 19, 2014 at 9:31 PM

In rare public appearance

Something that I’m sure will never be said of Obumbles after he leaves office. Too arrogant to fade into the scenery. He considers himself the leading actor in a one-man play on the only stage in town, and the stage follows him naturally. Everywhere.

xNavigator on February 19, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Obama blames George W. Bush for all the nation’s problems, and Bush responds by acting like Obama is his best buddy?

bluegill on February 19, 2014 at 9:31 PM

I said right now, littlericky. I won’t stay pissed forever.

Lanceman on February 19, 2014 at 9:32 PM

The best way to serve future vets is to keep current troops out of anymore stupid Islamic Nation Building Sociology Experiments From Hell with them used as Sacrificial Lab Rats.

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Obama blames George W. Bush for all the nation’s problems, and Bush responds by acting like Obama is his best buddy?

bluegill on February 19, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Some say that if a man won’t go after a bad man it means he is too good a man to attack another man. But this is not true. It means he is not a good enough man to do so.

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Some say that if a man won’t go after a bad man it means he is too good a man to attack another man. But this is not true. It means he is not a good enough man to do so.

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Bush Derangement Syndrome alive and well… on the political right.

limecat on February 19, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Bush Derangement Syndrome alive and well… on the political right.

limecat on February 19, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Silence about evil means de facto approval.

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 9:44 PM

I think it is outrageous how George W. Bush has been silent about everything Obama has been doing. Why does he say nothing?

bluegill on February 19, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Going to those wars was the right thing to do after 9/11.At least he had the guts to hit back.I went for him and would do it again.My only complaint was not going full tilt with everything we have.

docflash on February 19, 2014 at 9:49 PM

He’s helping Veterans.

Think maybe we could bash him in some other venue?

wolly4321 on February 19, 2014 at 9:50 PM

I really do miss W.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 19, 2014 at 9:53 PM

At least he had the guts to hit back.

docflash on February 19, 2014 at 9:49 PM

A President with guts and sense would have hit Saudi Arabia where most of the 9/11 mass murders came from and where most of the money and hate came from.

A President with guts and sense would never have said anything even remotely like this gutless garbage -

Islam brings hope and comfort to millions of people in my country, and to more than a billion people worldwide. Ramadan is also an occasion to remember that Islam gave birth to a rich civilization of learning that has benefited mankind. Islam is a faith that brings comfort to people. It inspires them to lead lives based on honesty, and justice, and compassion. Islam is a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. It’s a faith that has made brothers and sisters of every race. It’s a faith based upon love, not hate. Mohammad’s word has guided billions of believers across the centuries, and those believers built a culture of learning and literature and science. All the world continues to benefit from this faith and its achievements. The Islam that we know is a faith devoted to the worship of one God, as revealed through The Holy Qur’an. It teaches the value and the importance of charity, mercy, and peace. George W. Bush !!!

Bush should have been committed to a mental institution for the criminally insane.

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 9:55 PM

He’s helping Veterans.

Think maybe we could bash him in some other venue?

wolly4321 on February 19, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Thank you wolly…

OmahaConservative on February 19, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Taking Ratso out for a smoke…

OmahaConservative on February 19, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Going to those wars was the right thing to do after 9/11.At least he had the guts to hit back.I went for him and would do it again.My only complaint was not going full tilt with everything we have.

docflash on February 19, 2014 at 9:49 PM

ditto…that is/was my biggest complaint about George W.

CoffeeLover on February 19, 2014 at 10:04 PM

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 9:55 PM

So,sounds like you would have been happy flying one of the planes.

docflash on February 19, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Did he apologize for getting them all killed and maimed based on the fantasy that Islam is a ‘religion of peace’?

Until he does that, scr3w him. He’s one of the worst Presidents in US history, surpassed only by Obama.

WhatSlushfund on February 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM

WhatSlushfund on February 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM

So,sounds like you would have been happy flying one of the planes also.

docflash on February 19, 2014 at 10:07 PM

God Bless him

And God Bless you, Mary Katherine for posting this video of him – which I shared on FB.

Everyone has opinions about him – but one thing is true above it all:

He is, without question, one of the Most Honorable men alive……

williamg on February 19, 2014 at 10:08 PM

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 9:55 PM

So,sounds like you would have been happy flying one of the planes.

docflash on February 19, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Sounds like you are nuts.

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 10:10 PM

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Stop being a Jackass…….at least on this thread….

Feel free to “let your Jackass Flag Fly” on some OTHER thread……where your Daily Kos friends will chime right in with you, and you can all have a suds-filled, loofa-scrubbing experience in the bath of fetid water you celebrate in……

Dubya is doing something on this thread that NO ONE in the Current Administration or Media have EVER done:

He is helping Veterans AND their families!

williamg on February 19, 2014 at 10:14 PM

I think it is outrageous how George W. Bush has been silent about everything Obama has been doing. Why does he say nothing? Because of some gentlemanly unspoken rule that former presidents are supposed to follow?

At least Dick Cheney has trashed Obama on more than one occasion.

bluegill on February 19, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Internalize and really reflect on what you just stated. The irony not withstanding.

Bmore on February 19, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Bush should have been committed to a mental institution for the criminally insane.

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Bullshit.

Bmore on February 19, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Did he apologize for getting them all killed and maimed based on the fantasy that Islam is a ‘religion of peace’?

Until he does that, scr3w him. He’s one of the worst Presidents in US history, surpassed only by Obama.

WhatSlushfund on February 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM

You see with clarity, unlike some commenting here who are as utterly blind as Obama’s sheeple. To the those blind, I say open your eyes. Think. Imagine that Barack Obama had come to the national stage several years earlier. Say that he had run for the U.S. Senate, and won, when he was 35 or 36 years old and had been a contender for the democrat nomination in 2000. Big profile. Lots of people listening. And then after 9/11, Obama had said the loving arse sucking thinks about Islam being love and such a benefit to all of us that Bush said, or even a lesser version of what Bush said, acting like Islam was some wonderful superior branch of Christianity. Most commenters here would have ripped Obama to shreds, calling him a muslim himself, calling him sick in the head. Why have a much lower standard for Bush than for Obama?

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Feel free to “let your Jackass Flag Fly” on some OTHER thread……where your Daily Kos friends will chime right in with you

williamg on February 19, 2014 at 10:14 PM

I think these daily kos ‘friends’ would be far more in agreement with Bush on how they view Islam. I don’t think they would like the way I see Islam at all. They would be Bush friends and would hate me.

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 10:21 PM

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 10:16 PM

If barky helps Vets after he leaves office, and MKH posts about it,, I won’t shit in the thread. Repeaatedly. It’s not about one man.

wolly4321 on February 19, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Those who even dislike Obama for his positive statements on Islam should utterly despise Bush for his even more positive, hyper loving in fact, statements on Islam. What is different about Obama and Bush that could explain this? Why give Bush a free pass and hit Obama? I know what the left would say to explain it. Would they be right on this?

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 10:27 PM

say what you will, but GWB had more class
in the heal of his Texas boot..
than this whole WH bunch…

going2mars on February 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

…you are diplomatic!…I was thinking GWB had more class…than that whole bunch…on one of his sweaty ba11s…after a workout!

KOOLAID2 on February 19, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Please make him go away. Stay in Crawford.

MitchFlorida on February 19, 2014 at 10:32 PM

If barky helps Vets after he leaves office, and MKH posts about it,, I won’t shit in the thread. Repeaatedly. It’s not about one man.

wolly4321 on February 19, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Rather poor defense of Bush on this, more like none at all. Therefore it would seem reasonable to conclude that you agree with me on substance, but find some truth unpleasant so you just can’t stand to hear it. There is too much of that going around already and is largely responsible for the current state of affairs.

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 10:33 PM

KOOLAID2 on February 19, 2014 at 10:29 PM

I never said what was.. or was not on his boot heal at the time..
its Texas…I was including that the odds might be high on some quality Texas BS..

going2mars on February 19, 2014 at 10:36 PM

They would be Bush friends and would hate me.

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 10:21 PM

….not true – NO ONE Hates you More than YOURSELF……you sad, lonely, useless little man…..

williamg on February 19, 2014 at 10:42 PM

….not true – NO ONE Hates you More than YOURSELF……you sad, lonely, useless little man…..

williamg on February 19, 2014 at 10:42 PM

No need to get hysterical, especially while projecting and displaying such a cultist personality.

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer
VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Exactly!

bluegill on February 19, 2014 at 10:48 PM

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 10:16 PM

.
If barky helps Vets after he leaves office, and MKH posts about it,, I won’t shit in the thread. Repeaatedly. It’s not about one man.

wolly4321 on February 19, 2014 at 10:25 PM

.
Yeeaaahhhh . . . . . . . . what the “Vegas line” on “barky” helping Vets after he leaves office ?

listens2glenn on February 19, 2014 at 10:49 PM

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 10:45 PM

….you know – when you get out-classed and out-intellecutalized……”I know you are, but what am I”, in Any incarnation…..just doesn’t feed the bulldog……you sad, lonely, useless little man…..

williamg on February 19, 2014 at 10:53 PM

This @ssclown still can’t admit to himself that the 1% fought, died, got maimed and psychologically traumatized for his lies that got them into Iraq. Even worse, he had the gall to laugh about it.

Bush should have his presidential pension confiscated in order to provide for those who needlessly suffered because of his lies.

william rivers pitt on February 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Say High to Jason Leopold for us.

And also tell us why your nominee in 2016 voted for that war based not on the intel Bush gave to Congress.

No, she got her intel from her husband’s intel people. You know, the same people who left Bush 9/11?

Also tell us why Clinton’s DOJ indicted bin Laden in 1998 for working with Iraq, and why a Bill Clinton appointed Federal Judge in Lower Manhattan formally ruled in 2003 that Iraq collaborated with al Qaeda in the 9/11 attacks.

And finally, tell us why Colon Powell was suddenly pardoned from being called a War Criminal, simply because he endorsed your Cult Leader.

(Goes down to basement for another snowdial)

Oh, and PS:

F-

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Bush should have been committed to a mental institution for the criminally insane.

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Thanks SO much for sharing that.

Z-

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer
VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Exactly!

bluegill on February 19, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Dubya’s Response To Evil…..which was a Far Cry from “silence”, since some here seem to have forgotten…..

…..and a memorable moment of how the Military felt about Bush….for good measure…

williamg on February 19, 2014 at 10:59 PM

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 9:55 PM

PS-What did he do-fire you from your job at the Texas Rangers?

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2014 at 10:59 PM

No need to get hysterical, especially while projecting and displaying such a cultist personality. Please come over and join us O’BAMA CULT BUSH DERANGEMENT SYNDROMERS, and all of your food will taste better!

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Reality corrected.

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2014 at 11:01 PM

every president has his faults and makes mistakes, but Bush, he is a good man, and he was and still is respected worldwide for his humanitarian efforts and loyalty to our allies. If i were a world leader I’d sure rather have him in charge right now than the junior achiever in office who has no vision or leadership qualities! I don’t know if the next president can regain the respect and credibility that has been lost by this president, I sure hope so, but it’s going to be a Herculean task.

scalleywag on February 19, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Bush Derangement Syndrome alive and well… on the political right.

limecat on February 19, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Whatever, sugar pants. To some of us this shit ain’t funny anymore. Pop Bush would not even criticize Clinton or Gorebal warming when they were laying into GWB in 00 and on. Now they are all effin BFF’s.

arnold ziffel on February 19, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Bush is truly a Man of Honor.
Salute My CIC

Grunt on February 20, 2014 at 12:11 AM

arnold ziffel on February 19, 2014 at 11:32 PM

“It is better to remain silent and thought a fool after you are out of office, than open your mouth and Prove it- as well as cause harm to the lives of Millions of Innocent people – Like Carter and Crinton Do……”

williamg on February 20, 2014 at 12:28 AM

I think it is outrageous how George W. Bush has been silent about everything Obama has been doing. Why does he say nothing? Because of some gentlemanly unspoken rule that former presidents are supposed to follow?

At least Dick Cheney has trashed Obama on more than one occasion.

bluegill on February 19, 2014 at 9:30 PM

I give Obama a MAXIMUM of 90 days before he starts to trash his “relief” after he leaves office… unless Michelle gets elected to succeed him to “carry on with Barack’s vision”…

Khun Joe on February 20, 2014 at 12:30 AM

My friend James Brobyn is the executive director of the Travis Manion Foundation, on whose board I serve— a group dedicated to closing the civilian-military gap, serving and understanding families of the fallen and returning vets, helping them navigate transitions and find purpose in the civilian world.

So, when it comes to helping Veterans and their families, you actually walk the walk, not just talk the talk.

Very impressive.

weathermen on February 20, 2014 at 1:54 AM

This @ssclown still can’t admit to himself that the 1% fought, died, got maimed and psychologically traumatized for his lies that got them into Iraq. Even worse, he had the gall to laugh about it.

Bush should have his presidential pension confiscated in order to provide for those who needlessly suffered because of his lies.

antifederalist on February 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

You truly have no class. I’ll not bore you with the number of people killed while your patron saint Obama has been CIC. Dislike the man all you like. He has always been a strong friend to the American service member. He is raising awareness of a problem that Can be dealt with. Perhaps you should spend a bit more time supporting soldiers than trying to trash politicians?

PSD_Steve on February 20, 2014 at 3:30 AM

Man, if I didn’t know we’d had an open registration recently, the BDS in this thread would sure confirm it….

Hawkins1701 on February 20, 2014 at 5:17 AM

Man, if I didn’t know we’d had an open registration recently, the BDS in this thread would sure confirm it….

Hawkins1701 on February 20, 2014 at 5:17 AM

So it’s OK to be deranged about Obama, but not Bush? Why do we have Obama? BUSH! Why did we get Clinton? BUSH!

rickv404 on February 20, 2014 at 7:01 AM

I think it is outrageous how George W. Bush has been silent about everything Obama has been doing. Why does he say nothing? Because of some gentlemanly unspoken rule that former presidents are supposed to follow?

bluegill on February 19, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Yes, he is following that rule and God bless him for it.

You want to know whose responsibility it is to speak out about everything Obama has done? Boehner, McConnell, and Romney. None of them has done it. That is what angers me and I know it angers you, too but don’t put the blame on Bush who is doing what every other former president has done. Keep your fire directed at the people who are failing to do their jobs.

Grammar Nazi on February 20, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Yes George, I miss you.

307wolverine on February 20, 2014 at 7:52 AM

Context. I am only specifically talking about the decision to invade Iraq. I understand those who originally opposed the war in Iraq. I have no problem respecting that position. I do have a problem with those who blame only President Bush or those folks for political reasons take the position “I was for the war before I was against it”.

I have no problem with folks, who in hindsight, have changed their position. That happens all the time as events unfold. Please don’t go down the political road of “he lied” and such. There are many good and valid reasons to disagree with President Bush, but this is not one of them.

Remember, the decision to invade Iraq was voted on in Congress and was bipartisan. I remember growing support against the war in Democrat circles and John Kerry forcing a vote to get the bill out of committee because he did not want to show America those discussions. Maybe this was all political, but none-the-less, Democrats were behind the decision to invade Iraq. Heck, the Clinton’s were behind the decision and most of the intel about WMD came under President Clinton’s watch as CIC. President Clinton 100% believed there were WMD. So drop that inane line of reasoning.

Finally, if you point your finger at President Bush, you need a lot more fingers because the Democrats were just as “guilty” as President Bush.

The discussion should be…….would it be wise to enter another war of that type.

Guess my hibernation did not last very long!

HonestLib on February 20, 2014 at 7:52 AM

Considering the communist clown we are stuck with now I miss Bush terribly.

I will not, however, forgive him for vetoing the bill that allowed disabled vets to collect both military retirement pay AND disability.

If anyone deserves to double dip those vets do!

MaaddMaaxx on February 20, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Almost thought I’d jumped to the Huff Po based on the speed of the nasty remarks having little to do with the subject Bush was addressing.

Hawkins1701 on February 20, 2014 at 5:17 AM

Does appear that way. ?

katiejane on February 20, 2014 at 9:01 AM

It is one thing to be subjected to the questioning with 20/20 hindsight of the wisdom of decisions made in real time using the outcomes as evidence. That comes with the privilege of serving. However, those who question GWB’s motives have no real evidence to support their contentions that he was anything other than an honorable decent man doing what he thought was best for the general good. The truth is that GWB was and is a better man than most of his detractors.

KW64 on February 20, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Do you miss him now?

Wade on February 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM

If anyone deserves to double dip those vets do!

MaaddMaaxx on February 20, 2014 at 8:56 AM

no one deserves double dipping, even George Costanza.

Wade on February 20, 2014 at 10:28 AM

This @ssclown still can’t admit to himself that the 1% fought, died, got maimed and psychologically traumatized for his lies that got them into Iraq. Even worse, he had the gall to laugh about it.

Bush should have his presidential pension confiscated in order to provide for those who needlessly suffered because of his lies.

antifederalist on February 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Garbage.

Most of those who served enlisted after the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. I know Travis Manion did, I live in his hometown. His father was a Marine. These men and women who served and died believed in the mission. I have a nephew who is on his fourth tour in Afghanistan. He could have gotten out 2 years ago but he stayed because he believes in the mission. He also did a tour in Iraq and believed in that one.

Who are you to say these men and women died in vain, or were simple morons who believed Bush’s “lies”?

Pathetic.

rockmom on February 20, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Yes, he is following that rule and God bless him for it.

You want to know whose responsibility it is to speak out about everything Obama has done? Boehner, McConnell, and Romney. None of them has done it. That is what angers me and I know it angers you, too but don’t put the blame on Bush who is doing what every other former president has done. Keep your fire directed at the people who are failing to do their jobs.

Grammar Nazi on February 20, 2014 at 7:09 AM

***Applause***

rockmom on February 20, 2014 at 10:47 AM

I know this comment from the Dallas News site linked to above in the article, but it adds some facts to this article and comments, imo.

Ted Brown
20 hours ago

(CNSNews.com) – Twelve years ago today, nineteen al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four U.S. commercial airliners and flew them into the World Trade Towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

In the war that Congress authorized against al Qaeda only three days after that attack, the vast majority of the U.S. casualties have occurred in the last four and a half years during the presidency of Barack Obama.

In fact, according to the CNSNews.com database of U.S. casualties in Afghanistan, 73 percent of all U.S. Afghan War casualties have occurred since Jan. 20, 2009 when Obama was inaugurated.

The 91 U.S. casualties in Afghanistan so far in 2013 are more than those that occurred in the first two full calendar years of the war (2002 and 2003) combined, when 30 and 31 U.S. troops were killed there.

On Sept. 14, 2001, Congress approved a resolution authorizing the president “to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons.”
- See more at: http://cnsnews.com/n­ews/article/dennis-m­-crowley/12-year-war­-73-us-casualties-af­ghanistan-obamas-wat­ch#sthash.HKmt61uZ.d­puf

bluefox on February 20, 2014 at 12:16 PM

docflash on February 19, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Great comments on the thread doc. I feel the same exact way. He was the best CinC I served under.

hawkdriver on February 20, 2014 at 12:51 PM

rickv404 on February 20, 2014 at 7:01 AM

The big question of the day is what evil we committed to be subjected to your asinine comments?

hawkdriver on February 20, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Those who even dislike Obama for his positive statements on Islam should utterly despise Bush for his even more positive, hyper loving in fact, statements on Islam.

VorDaj on February 19, 2014 at 10:27 PM

I’m going to go out on a limb and propose that Bush never referred to America as “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world”, which is about as far from an accurate statement as you can get, no matter how you choose to spin interpret it.

The Schaef on February 20, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Just mention President Bush and the nutz fall out of the trees.

Wade on February 20, 2014 at 6:51 PM