Obama Legacy: Defense, Soldiers and Veterans

President Obama and Democrats Changed Our Approach to “Defense” and National Security

President Obama set up a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat. http://1.usa.gov/gDX1nE

President Obama and Democrats authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in the Republican white elephant Star Wars program in 2010. http://1.usa.gov/gLFZl2

President Obama restarted nuclear nonproliferation talks after eight years of neglect and he and Democrats built up the nuclear inspection infrastructure and protocols to where they were before Bush. http://lat.ms/gkcl3i

President Obama negotiated and signed and Democrats ratified of a new SALT Treaty. http://bit.ly/f3JVtw

President Obama also negotiated and signed a new START Treaty that will stay in force until at least 2021. http://1.usa.gov/cI1bC4

President Obama and Democrats removed the United States’ commitment to permanent military bases in Iraq and promised there would be none. http://bit.ly/hk73OJ

President Obama established a comprehensive strategy with regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan and returned the goal to facilitate the defeat of al Qaeda, the withdrawal of most troops and the rebuilding of Afghanistan. http://wapo.st/ee4Xcs

President Obama also re-focused on Afghanistan, with a goal of stabilizing the country. He also began the process of withdrawing troops from the country. http://bit.ly/lNXUna

President Obama also negotiated a deal with Afghan government to withdraw troops and military support, while also assisting in rebuilding and modernizing of the country. http://bit.ly/K362an

President Obama took solid and effective steps to severely weaken al Qaeda, thus limiting their ability to terrorize the world. http://yhoo.it/n5lXs6

President Obama negotiated and signed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty with India. http://1.usa.gov/aHp0Cn

President Obama worked with NATO to limit the slaughter of innocents in Libya, in order to help Libyans topple the despotic Khadaffy and determine their own fate. http://aje.me/qAh4Sj

President Obama encouraged Egyptian President/dictator Mubarak to leave the Egyptian government to the people, so they could determine their own fate. http://f24.my/efvgNZ

In 2011, President Obama took steps to reorient the American foreign policy focus from the Middle East to the Asian-Pacific region. They did this by simultaneously engaging China and crafting alliances with those Asian countries uncomfortable with Chinese behavior. http://bit.ly/RGlMDi

President Obama restored funding and staffing levels agencies such as FEMA to the point that they have been able to manage a huge number of natural disasters successfully. http://bit.ly/h8Xj7z

President Obama and the Democrats worked to fund and implement a much higher level of border security http://bit.ly/1JQDGz9

President Obama ordered and then oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden. http://bit.ly/jChpgw (The day before, he made fun of Donald Trump and it is believed by many that it motivated Lord Donny to run for president.)

President Obama established the Homeland Security Partnership Council, as a way to enhance the nation’s ability to “address homeland security priorities, from responding to natural disasters to preventing terrorism, by utilizing diverse perspectives, skills, tools, and resources.” http://1.usa.gov/VJjLXO

President Obama signed an agreement with Afghanistan to end the war and turn security over to the Afghans. http://nyti.ms/1xSjgBd

Breaking with recent presidential tradition, instead of just attacking Syria in the wake of chemical weapons attacks on Syrians, President Obama ordered a full report on the decision-making process. http://cbsn.ws/184RFgu

Instead of holding hearings and creating a political football,President Obama quietly captured a suspect who actually committed the Benghazi terrorist attack. http://wapo.st/1jFlmzv

President Obama also made sure he got a lot of useful information from the Benghazi suspect by not torturing him. http://nyti.ms/UfE2Ka

President Obama instituted rules to further sanction individuals and groups who violate national cybersecurity. http://1.usa.gov/1HWcGMG

President Obama instituted tougher new sanctions against North Korea after numerous threats of nuclear attack and several tests. http://cbsn.ws/1L8L5hW

President Obama shamed Republicans into dropping their opposition to a reauthorization of FAA spending, in order to improve the efficiency of air travel for passengers. http://bit.ly/2cJZLrA

President Obama took effective steps to improve all of our counter-terrorism efforts. http://bit.ly/1RATjAh

President Obama made great strides in the effort to defeat the Islamic State without committing hundreds of thousands of troops or carpet bombing civilian areas. And he did so over Republican objections. http://bit.ly/1TxBK5e

President Obama established rules for data-sharing between the NSA and other intelligence agencies to improve the quality of information. http://bit.ly/2iOnc1F

President Obama signed a law designed to provide better protection for the children living on military bases. http://bit.ly/2k82nn7

President Obama established a program designed to provide more help for veterans with PTSD http://bit.ly/2k5kSEm

President Obama established a national anti-propaganda center, to go after the fake news epidemic. http://bit.ly/2iXBy39

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President Obama Improved America’s Reputation Around the World After the Bush Years

During his first six months, President Obama visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any previous president. http://bit.ly/hZycda

As promised, President Obama gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration, to let them know we were not their enemies. http://nyti.ms/dKvY4g Compare that to the current Lord Donny regime, which has all but declared war on Islam.

President Obama made a speech at a US mosque to reiterate this country’s commitment to religious rights and send a message to Muslims around the world. http://cnn.it/1PGU1uI

President Obama restored America’s reputation around the world as a global leader. http://bit.ly/h743y7

President Obama managed to re-establish and reinforce our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues. http://1.usa.gov/e7QuDj

President Obama reinforced our commitment to justice by closing a number of secret detention facilities. http://nyti.ms/rpUc9l

President Obama worked to improve relations with Middle East countries by appointing special envoys. http://1.usa.gov/tiGAGe

President Obama pushed forth the first realistic Middle East peace strategy in nearly a decade and managed to do so without abandoning the two-state solution. http://wapo.st/1avyste

President Obama pushed the military to emphasize greater development of foreign language skills at all levels. http://bit.ly/AxUCLV

President Obama offered $400 million to the people living in Gaza, while calling on both Israel and the Palestinians to stop inciting violence. http://bit.ly/9axfWh

President Obama refused to give Israel a green light to attack Iran over their possible nuclear program. http://bit.ly/xVmSZK

Although it was eventually blocked by Congress, President Obama ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. http://bit.ly/eW6CVF

President Obama ordered a review of our detention and interrogation policy and prohibited the use of “enhanced interrogation.” http://bit.ly/g6MTuC4

President Obama ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed. http://bbc.in/h6N9ax

President Obama authorized the public release of the Bush torture memos. http://bit.ly/hWJ5z0

On his second day in office, President Obama banned torture, reversed all Bush torture policies and brought the US into full compliance with the Geneva Convention. http://1.usa.gov/dL6Zve.  http://nyti.ms/hzWWys

In response to the emerging “Arab Spring,” President Obama created a Rapid Response fund, designed to assist emerging democracies with foreign aid, debt relief, technical assistance and investment packages. The goal was to demonstrate that the United States stands with them. http://bit.ly/zfmGv9

President Obama ended the F-22 program, saving $4 billion. Though the 187 aircraft cost $358 million each to build, it had never flown a combat mission. http://slate.me/PYzmzT

President Obama declined to sign the Iran Sanctions Act, thus allowing it to extend for another decade, in order to prevent war and encourage the Iranian government to give up their nuclear program. http://lat.ms/2rRX1N1

President Obama went against Republican obstruction and ended the Iraq War. http://tgr.ph/ru0tyS

President Obama worked hard to keep our withdrawal from Afghanistan on track, despite GOP opposition. http://reut.rs/1cIOsF1

President Obama kept reiterating his commitment to ending our involvement in Afghanistan, against Republican opposition. http://nyti.ms/1exnmRF

President Obama authorized and oversaw a secret mission by SEAL Team Six to rescue hostages held by Somali pirates. http://bit.ly/y8c9Fz

Through United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, President Obama helped negotiate a peaceful split of Sudan into two countries, creating an independent South Sudan. http://reut.rs/qzE0Tj

Following devastating natural disasters, President Obama and Democrats ordered donations to Haiti tax deductible in 2009. http://huff.to/6YkAVY

President Obama and Democrats established a new U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. http://1.usa.gov/eX28DP

President Obama issued an executive order blocking interference and helping to stabilize Somalia. http://1.usa.gov/hxdf8U

President Obama established new, more reasonable policies in our relations with Cuba, such as allowing Cuban-Americans to visit their families and send money to support them. http://n.pr/hY3Kwa http://nyti.ms/emQBde

President Obama’s new policies in Cuba led to thawed relations and the first US Embassy in Cuba in more than 55 years. http://abcn.ws/1ghLrEs

President Obama became the first U.S. President to visit Cuba in more than 80 years. http://bit.ly/1qlKwbi

President Obama negotiated a deal with Iran that will prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon anytime soon. He did so without firing a shot or invading the country. Although, he did so over the objections of the Republican Party, who seem to have wanted war. http://cnn.it/1M3Hpvv

As a result of the Iran agreement, Iran shipped pretty much all of its nuclear material to Russia. http://nyti.ms/1PrzLty

President Obama became the first US President to visit Jamaica in more than 30 years. He also worked to restore relations with the country and signed a natural gas distribution agreement with the country. http://bit.ly/1JtpFqi

President Obama signed a law extending a number of privacy protections to US allies, marking a reversal of the Bush practice of spying on people like Angela Merkel. http://bit.ly/1VZza6w

Declaring that “development isn’t charity,” President Obama signed the Global Food Security Act, which declared a commitment of resources to expand food availability worldwide, so as to limit instances of global hunger. http://usat.ly/2ehLnUr   http://fandw.me/2czf6YG

The Obama Administration instituted Power Africa, a dedicated initiative to bring electrical generation to many more countries and regions of the African continent. http://bbc.in/1QtYVud

President Obama signed a law to end Americans’ involvement in international wildlife trafficking. http://bit.ly/2edq3V9

President Obama signed an executive order to allow up to 110,000 additional refugees into the United States. http://bit.ly/2df2CJN In the meantime, the cowards in the Republican Party, led by coward-in-chief Lord Donny, keep trying to prevent women and children in distress from coming here.

President Obama refused to interfere with UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements. http://cnn.it/2k81evI

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President Obama and Democrats Improved the Treatment of Soldiers and Veterans

While Republicans like to call themselves “patriots” and they claim to worship the military, the fact of the matter is, their actions demonstrate that they see our troops as little more than cannon fodder and they see helping veterans as “spending” and they cut funding every chance they get. President Obama and Democrats, on the other hand, put a lot of effort into actually treating the troops well and treating veterans as the heroes they actually are. Here are many examples:

President Obama and Democrats provided active combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan with better body armor, after years of neglect by “patriot” Republicans. http://bit.ly/hzSv2h

President Obama and Democrats created a Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program for military personnel, as a way to improve the quality of veterans’ medical care. http://1.usa.gov/f4yaxW

President Obama ended the Bush-era stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan well beyond their enlistment date. http://nyti.ms/e2YQ7Q

President Obama and Democrats passed and implemented Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, making more money available to enable better medical care for veterans. It is still working like a charm. http://bit.ly/2s5t3ZU

President Obama and Democrats oversaw the largest spending increase in 30 years for Department of Veterans Affairs, which provides better medical care and extended care facilities for veterans. http://1.usa.gov/gY8O3x

President Obama implemented the Green Vet Initiative, which provides special funding to programs designed to provide veterans with training in green jobs. http://bit.ly/epwUQY

President Obama and Democrats initiated a recruitment and employment plan to get more veterans into government jobs. http://bit.ly/b48coi

President Obama and Democrats Oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for many things, including more mental health professionals. http://bit.ly/2sFCrSx

President Obama and Democrats passed and implemented the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, which ensures that spouses of military personnel who are forced to move because their spouse is posted for military duty can avoid state taxes in their temporary residence. http://bit.ly/1Gh0NX

President Obama ordered significant improvements in access to mental health care for veterans, military personnel and their families. http://1.usa.gov/TP7PVZ

President Obama got Syria to dismantle its chemical weapons without the military firing a single shot or dropping a single bomb. http://nyti.ms/1lVEkU7

Along with Democrats, President Obama not only reauthorized families of fallen soldiers to be able to visit when the body arrives at Dover AFB, but also provided funding for it. Ended the media blackout on coverage of the return of fallen soldiers. http://nyti.ms/glqN66   http://bbc.in/gWSSkA

President Obama and Democrats Funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services. http://bit.ly/2tJEwLZ

President Obama signed into law a bill that provides support, counseling, and breastfeeding supplies to military moms who are covered under TRICARE, the health insurance provided to veterans. http://bit.ly/1yNxL8O

President Obama signed into law a bill to make it easier for military dogs to retire at home with their handlers. http://bit.ly/1J78Y2U

President Obama signed into law a bill to expand the availability of housing to homeless veterans. http://bit.ly/2eaGQDJ

President Obama and Democrats shamed Republicans into agreeing to a raise in soldiers pay. http://bit.ly/2k5sOFD