Why the Obama team can’t make national-security decisions

Posted by on Aug 09, 2015 at 9:00 am

The US military now believes that Russian hackers, likely tied to the Putin regime, were behind last month’s massive cyber attack on the Defense Department’s e-mail servers. But don’t expect our government to respond.

After all, that news comes on the heels of White House-Pentagon battling over just how much of a threat Vladimir Putin poses.

Top US military commanders are imploring the administration to take seriously what Gen. Joseph Votel, head of the US Special Operations Command, calls an “existential threat” from Russia.

And Gen. Joseph Dunford, on track to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has concluded that “Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security.”

The latest cyberattack won’t move the White House, either. After all, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter admitted back in February that Russian hackers had broken into the Pentagon’s network.

Fact is, President Obama has a long history of ignoring military advice.

Forget older debates, when the president ignored the military (and even the State Department) on his pullout from Iraq, his “surge” in Afghanistan and giving serious help to the rebels early on in the Syrian civil war.

Obama is shutting out the professionals right now on anti-ISIS policy.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno noted recently that the rise of ISIS under Obama is “frustrating to watch.”

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