Parallels have already been drawn between the results of government health control in the Veterans' Administration and what we can logically expect from government health control in the private sector under Obamacare, and I will not dwell further on those obvious implications. There are, however, deeper lessons to be learned form this debacle.
We gave a man whose only organizational experience was inciting civil unrest on the south side of Chicago the responsibility of organizing the executive branch of the most complex government on earth – with the predictable result that we have the greatest number of unelected unresponsible Presidential deputies running a government since Hitler's Reich.
We have given a man whose only international experience was attending a madras in Indonesia as a child control of the international relations of the United States of America. To say that his performance has been an embarrassment would be an understatement. He bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, he gave the Queen of England a gift of a CD of his speeches, and at a European news conference he referred to the non-existent Austrian language.
He threatened to intervene with U.S. forces in the Syrian civil war on the sole basis that he was being laughed at for drawing apocryphal red lines.
He intermeddled in the stable political environment of a sovereign nation – Ukraine – instigating a neo-Nazi coup in that country, implicating the United States in the wanton murder of demonstrators, and reopening the cold war and enabling the reinstatement of the Soviet Union.
As a bonus, his inept attempts at nation building in Ukraine may have initiated the colapse of NATO.
But the greatest tragedy is that we have given a man with no prior military experience command of our military and of the veterans of that military. That this man has presided over the unnecessary deaths-by-neglect of unknown numbers of American veterans is unconscionable – but it should not be surprising. What did we expect might happen when we put someone in charge who doesn't know what the hell they're doing?
That this man was placed in a position beyond his capabilities borders on criminal, and everyone who was instrumental in promoting Barack Obama for President of the United States ought to be held accountable – starting with Nancy Pelosi, whose job it was at the time to vet potential Presidential candidates.
It is unlikely that anyone will actually be held accountable for their culpability in putting a clueless egotist in charge of our military, but we can take steps to see that it doesn't happen again.
I am proposing a Constitutional Amendment to the effect that "No person shall be eligible for the office of Commander-in-Chief who has not served a minimum of two years active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States." After all, asking a civilian to be Commander-in-chief is like asking someone who has never seen a car to direct Friday afternoon rush hour traffic!
Democrats will of course wail that this is only a ploy to keep Hillary Clinton off the 2016 ballot, but the urgency of the underlying incentive should blunt that complaint. (Although I will admit that that might be a bonus!)