Captain Pete Hegseth: Role of Our Military: Winning Wars, Not Social Engineering
Report by Betty Sakai
Princeton and Harvard scholar, Editor of the Princeton Torre Newspaper, infantry and military analyst, member of the ROTC, past Chief Executive Officer of Concerned Veterans of America (CVA 2012 to 2015), and holder of two Bronze Stars (awarded for heroism in a combat zone), Captain Pete Hegseth was introduced to the Forum audience by Erika Ammirati, Vice President of Programs.
Ms. Ammirati highlighted Captain Hegseth’s deployment three times in Afghanistan and Iraq. Working in counter-terrorism in Afghanistan, he fought in the 121st Airborne in Iraq, and led an infantry platoon in Bagdad. He worked as a prison guard at Gitmo from 2004 to 2005, and reported for the National Review while in Iraq.
Pete Hegseth’s book, In The Arena, is expected to be available soon. It focuses on America’s work in the world and on our national security. Americans must understand he said why America is great. We must understand what we believe in. Osama Bin Laden called America a paper tiger -- a statement concurred with by Barack Hussein Obama’s directives aimed at weakening our military. Captain Hegseth reminds us all that history is not over.
Pete’s Forum presentation focused on the U.S. military. With social engineering orchestrated by the administration of Barack Obama, the U.S. military has remained formidable despite being cut down in size, forced to engage in social engineering, and prevented by sequestration from becoming more advanced. Sequestration happened as part of the Budget Control Act when Congress failed to pass federal spending reduction plans. Sequestration has mandated cuts to all military programs—9% across all four services -- over the next decade except for wages and for the Department of Veteran Affairs. Sequestration threatens our national security.
Obama felt he could end all wars with a stroke of a pen. He has instead failed miserably and has contributed to the chaos in the world, especially in the Middle East.
All three branches of the U.S. military have suffered loss in quality and quantity from a rudderless Commander in Chief aided by a bureaucratic Pentagon that failed years ago to plan for the modernization of military equipment. One result is evident today in air-craft being flown by the U.S. Air Force being twenty-seven years old with a life-span of twenty to thirty years. Much of what the military is today is a result of the build-up ordered by one leader, President Ronald Reagan.
Turning his attention to the “grunts on the ground”, Captain Hegseth talked about the foot soldiers who must fight on the ground. He discussed the importance of training to build strength and morale. Each solider must have confidence in their platoon leader and in each successive officer up the chain of command. They must know that each leader has their back and will go to bat for them. Because of Barack Obama’s distain for the U.S. military, the foot soldier today questions whether Obama as Commander in Chief has their back.
Exampling Obama’s ineptness and lack of resolve, in 2011-12 President Obama ordered a surge in military action. He then told the enemy when the American military would be leaving and played into the hands of Islamic Jihadists who enjoyed a good laugh on the U.S. Military. In another action, Obama’s rules of engagement require the U.S. military to inform the drivers of gasoline trucks (who Obama considers civilians) to inform them of what time the bombs will be dropped on the caravan. Obama has made the U.S. Military a laughing stock. Islamic Jihadists continue to conduct both conventional warfare and guerilla style insurgencies. America’s military is acutely disadvantaged under Obama’s leadership. He has released most of America’s enemies held at Guantanamo. More than 30% have returned to the battlefield.
Pete said he has received many thanks from those in the military for saying what they cannot say. Labeling Obama’s actions as borderline insanity, he noted that Barack Obama has changed the mission of the U.S. military to save the environment instead of fighting wars and defending America. He has made our veterans victims, not warriors. He has made the military a place to experiment with social engineering such as putting women in combat roles. Humorously, he added… There is a reason Jack and Jill do not occupy the same fox-hole…. Obama is teaching America’s soldiers that American patriots are bigger threats to America and to the world than Islam and Islamic jihadists. He has made gender neutrality a priority and reduced the standards for men in the military, undermining those who are willing to put their lives on the line for their country.
Obama believes America is the problem. He has changed the Rules of Engagement, tying our military’s hands. The answer Hegseth said is simple. If a decision is made to fight, America’s leaders should let our military do what it needs to do to win. All of the other Presidents before Barack Hussein Obama believed that America is a force for good in the world. Not so Obama. Many years ago, Ronald Reagan reflected on the fact that freedom is never more than one generation away from dying. That part of the American determination to live in freedom is every American’s acceptance of the fact that we fight knowing that one day our children will have to fight. Hegseth added that if we elect a President who believes in America like Ted Cruz, then America can come back.
Discussing health care, speaking from the standpoint of the veteran, Pete dismissed any single-payer, top-down, government-run healthcare system because it does not work. Outrageously, in some areas, veterans have to wait four months to see a doctor. Putting more money into the Veterans Administration Bureaucracy does not work. Establishment Republicans and Democrats and the V.A. Administration need to let competition happen. Accountability can and will happen when the dollars follow the veteran in a competitive health-care marketplace.
In the Q&A Session that followed, Pete answered he would like to see Allen West or John Bolton as Secretary of State. Answering the question as to what can be done to stop Obama, he admonished Congress to stay vigilant, to limit what Obama can do. As concerns Rules of Engagement and our Military, lawyers he said should be kept out of the decision making process. Asked about Obama’s recent visit to Cuba promising free trade with communist controlled Cuba, he answered that those in control in Cuba will laugh all the way to the bank as money flows into their bank accounts. Obama has required them to give up nothing.
In many ways, Captain Pete Hegseth symbolizes the intelligence, strength and character, of those in our Armed Forces. The Forum’s President, Joel Fine, thanked Captain Pete Hegseth and an appreciative audience provided a standing ovation.
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