In details of a large scale a Military Times survey released this week, it has been revealed that just 15 percent of active duty military personnel say they favorably view President Obama as a Commander in Chief, a new all time low.
The poll, conducted with 2,300 active duty members, reveals that Obama’s approval rating has fallen a full 20 points from 35 percent in 2009 and hit a historic rock bottom. The President’s disapproval rating has increased to 55 percent from 40 percent in 2009.
In addition, the survey finds that morale among the troops has also nosedived since Obama took office.
The Military Times notes that the downswing seems to directly correlate to the change in President from George W. Bush to Barack Obama.
In 2009, 91 percent said their quality of life was good or excellent, whereas now just 56 percent feel that way.
Citing budget cuts and troop drawdowns as direct factors, The Military Times reports that “today’s service members say they feel underpaid, under-equipped and under-appreciated.”
The report also states that “profound changes” being forced upon the military by the Obama Administration, such as the repeal of the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and the lifting of the ban on women serving in combat, are also contributing factors.
“To his critics, his moves amount to heavy-handed social engineering that erode deep-seated traditions and potentially undermine good order and discipline.” The Military Times report notes.
Other more obvious factors may have also come into play, such as broken promises over troop deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq.
It was recently announced that 1,000 more US troops would stay in Afghanistan next year than was originally planned. A New York Times report indicates that those US forces will be engaging in direct combat.
In addition, while vowing to keep combat ground troops out of the conflict with ISIS in Syria and Iraq, Obama has quietly authorised 1,300 troops to be sent back to Iraq in the new year.
It was also revealed this week that as part of the deal that the Obama administration oversaw to transfer deserter Bowe Bergdahl into US custody, 5 high profile Taliban prisoners were released, and $5 billion was paid to Qatar.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.