With the clock ticking down on the number of days till Donald Trump becomes President, Barack Obama has officially become a lame duck President. In fact, he’s spending a good deal of his finals days in office on vacation (what’s another expense for the taxpayer before he leaves office?).
Aside from that, he’s been quietly implementing the more radical parts of his agenda. He’s commuted the sentences of more prisoners than any other President in history by a long shot, and he’s also working to help improve the lives of illegal immigrants ahead of Trump taking office.
And while he helps two kinds of criminals, the rest of us are getting screwed. He’s cut nearly $200 million from Medicare to pay for refugee resettlement, and he’s not stopping there. The next on the chopping block? Our military, of course.
As Fox News reported:
For the next week, not only will there be no U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in the Middle East, but there will be no American aircraft carriers deployed at sea anywhere else in the world, despite a host of worldwide threats facing the United States.
The carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and her strike group returned to Norfolk, Va., Friday following a seven-month deployment. The Ike launched hundreds of airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria from both the Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf.
Two destroyers in the Ike’s strike group also saw combat. The USS Nitze and USS Mason were attacked in the Red Sea when Iranian backed Houthi forces in Yemen launched cruise misisles, which were intercepted by the Mason. A retaliatory strike by the Nitze destroyed the radar installations in Yemen in October.
While there is no U.S. aircraft carrier in the Middle East right now, there is a large deck U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship with thousands of Marines on board as well as helicopters and some jets to respond to a crisis, according to officials.
It’s not the first time there was a carrier gap in the Middle East. Last fall, the U.S. Navy relied on a French aircraft carrier to fill the void when the USS Theodore Roosevelt returned home. At the time it was the first gap in carrier coverage in the Middle East since 2007.
Obviously Donald Trump will undo this, so what’s the point? Obama is just trying to make a statement here, and it’s a pointless one at that.