Ken Blackwell

Once again, Barack Obama is showing his lack of serious concern for the military.

Instead of court martialing Bowe Bergdahl, who presumably went AWOL in Afghanistan, Obama traded five high-level Taliban terrorists from Guantanamo Bay, for his release.

The President used military pay and pensions as a political football during recent budget debates. Thanks to Obama's opposition to reform, the Veterans Administration is overwhelmed with an endless backup of paperwork to process --while veterans die on secret waiting lists at government run hospitals.

Time and again, regardless of what the American people want, Obama stays true to his leftist ideology.

One issue less publicized -- but of great importance to our men and women in uniform -- involves the shipment of service members’ vehicles throughout the world. For many servicemen and women, stationed in a distant state or a country like Germany or Italy, shipping their car or truck allows them to save money and take care of their families on a limited income. This is a service that America should be providing to our brave service members.

To perform this important job, the Obama Pentagon awarded a contract to International Auto Logistics (IAL). It is a company that was set up in 2012 for the sole purpose of bidding on the contract (IAL didn't even have an office headquarters when they won it!).

Just two months into the contract, there are already complaints of malfunctioning systems and outright incompetence creating needless hurdles for our enlisted men and women. With reports of full voicemail boxes at some IAL locations and non-working phone lines at others, IAL is almost impossible to reach. Wait times at some of IAL’s drop off locations takes more than five hours.

Of the over 6,300 cars accepted for shipment by IAL since May, fewer than 2,300 have gone anywhere. Since IAL hasn't set up enough storage space to properly secure these 4,000 vehicles, many are just sitting in unsecured locations like hotel parking lots and vacant fields. Over 1,300 of these vehicles are waiting shipment at a single port in Europe, with no telling when they will be sent to their final destination.


Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at Townhall.com, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
 
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