With over 36 years of service in the U.S. Army, I feel that I understand more than most how critical national security is to the future of America and to my own posterity.
Today, our military is the most experienced military in the history of this nation, having been at war now for 15 consecutive years. Our troops are combat-hardened and mature beyond their years as a result of their responsibilities as leaders under the most difficult circumstances that anyone can face, which is responsibility for the lives of others.
At the same time, our military is being devastated by the administration of Barack Obama and our military readiness is at the lowest point that I have seen since the end of the Vietnam conflict. Budget cuts have devastated military readiness with units now cannibalizing equipment to keep airplanes flying and tanks running.
Morale is lower than I have ever seen it due to the social experiments and the assault on religious liberty. Good people are leaving and quality young men and women are discouraged from entering the services as they see what our armed forces have become and how they would be treated.
For these reasons, I have very grave concerns about Hillary Clinton as the next commander in chief. She has helped create this current crisis and will make it even worse as president.
Remember that she left people to die in Benghazi, which is inexcusable. Furthermore, she compromised national security with her blatant disregard for classified materials rules and regulations that were designed to protect the nation by denying the enemy a knowledge of America's secrets.
Hillary will complete the Obama agenda of the complete destruction of America's armed forces by continuing and even accelerating the pace of the destructive policies of President Barack Obama. Consequently, my grandchildren will have a dubious future and America's enemies will grow in strength and boldness while Mrs. Clinton panders to her socialist allies who would love nothing more than to see this nation become a third-rate military power.
Think it can't happen? Well, we are headed there rapidly right now.
Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin (ret.) was the United States deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence under President George W. Bush. During his 36-year career in the military, he spent 13 years in the Delta Force, including two years as its commander. He is currently executive vice president at the Family Research Council and teaches at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. The views expressed are his own, author's titles and affiliations are for identification purposes only.
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