Barack Obama said it as well as it can possibly be said.
The president bid farewell this week to the men and women who serve and protect us. They wear the uniform of the “greatest military in the history of the world,” he said.
The president reminded them — and the rest of the nation — that he is the “front man.” As commander in chief of that awesome military establishment, he gets his share of the credit for the successes achieved in defense of the nation.
“You do the work,” he told the men and women who he served as commander in chief.
Americans heard a lot of rhetoric during the recent presidential campaign about a military establishment in decline. They heard from the president-elect, who declared he knows “more about ISIS than the general.” Americans were subjected to put-downs and insults of our military forces who fight every day against international terrorists.
That kind of characterization does them a profound disservice.
I was glad to hear the commander in chief say the things he said to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, to Vice President Joe Biden, to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to the service secretaries and to the warriors who take essentially the same oath taken by the president himself.
President Obama also stated correctly that the young Americans who answer the call to put themselves in harm’s way “are among the greatest generations.”
Let us never forget what they do.
Thank you as well, Mr. President, for your service to the country.