Bayonets more common than Obama thinks

Chad Groening (
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

An advocate for sound policy in the military says President Obama needs to be called to task for what she deems a condescending comment he made during the most recent presidential debate.

During Monday's foreign policy debate in Boca Raton, Florida, Republican nominee Mitt Romney attacked President Obama for his massive military cuts, specifically noting the dwindling size of the Navy. The president responded by accusing Romney of not taking the time to see how the military works.

"You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military's changed," the president stated.

But Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness (CMR), suggests that Obama has forgotten the fact that Vice President Joe Biden attended the dedication of a special statue last year in New York City.

"It's dedicated to the Special Operations Green Beret Horse Soldiers," she notes. "They vanquished the Taliban, and at that time, horses were the best means of transportation in that mountainous terrain -- the home of the cave-living terrorists who plotted murderous attacks on America."

Donnelly also determines that Obama is unaware of a book by a retired infantry officer whose platoon ran out of ammunition during a battle in Afghanistan in 2006.

"The infantry platoon that the author led was in repeated battles and ambushes in the Hindu Kush," the CMR president references. "They saw soldiers coming at them with scimitars -- that's the weapon that is used to behead people. And yes, they fought with bayonets. It was the last resort that they had."

She concludes that President Obama is the one who has not taken the time to see how the military works, so his comment should not be allowed to stand.

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