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Watch Obama’s Top General Subtly, Repeatedly Skewer the President’s National-Security Policies

Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Martin Dempsey, the country’s top military officer, gave an interview to Fox News’ Chris Wallace that makes troubling viewing for Americans worried about their security — and seemed to amount to a trenchant critique of the Obama administration’s national-security strategy. Dempsey’s public comments fit with a pattern of Obama Pentagon officials — including two of the president’s former defense secretaries — distancing themselves from the priorities and choices of the Obama White House.

On whether the U.S. “needs to do more” to combat extremism abroad, Dempsey said we did — before hedging that that’s different from “not doing enough”:

Every president gets subtle pressure from the Pentagon, but President Obama seems to be getting more than most — and it’s not letting up in his final years.

Patrick Brennan was a senior communications official at the Department of Health and Human Services during the Trump administration and is former opinion editor of National Review Online.


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