It is unfortunate that it may take becoming president to fully appreciate those in our military, but the thought gave me some hope that once in office and confronted with the gravity of the responsibility, he will change. Just as George Bush changed his idea about the United States’ role in the world after 9/11, I suspect Franks is right that the responsibility for the nation’s security will change some of Obama’s previously held beliefs and positions.
Franks also said that he believes if Obama does anything that moves against the best interests of those in our armed forces the American people would respond and correct it. "Just as America spoke last evening...I believe that any act that moves against the recommendations of those men and women who have been promoted and selected to provide advice to the President of the United States, I believe those people would speak again." I hope he is right.
He went on to describe the metric by which to measure success. He said that if seven years from today we have not seen an attack on the soil of the United States, we should congratulate each other and the new president for doing a good job. In response to a question, he said George Bush should have gotten credit for no attacks during the past seven plus years.
One potentially positive result of a Democrat being elected president is that all the stories about the excellent work those in our armed forces have been doing the past seven years in Afghanistan and Iraq will hopefully finally be told in the mainstream media. It is indefensible that so many in the media chose not to report so much of the good news from Iraq lest it result in some political advantage to George Bush or John McCain. I predict that will not be the case with President Obama and that the nation will finally begin hearing about the successes our military has achieved over the past seven years.
Even though the issue of national security did not appear to be one that swayed voters, it is critical not only to the physical well being of the country, but also to the nation’s economic well being. I am hopeful that President Obama will treat it as such when he assumes the office.