Buzz Patterson: Obama's 'Conduct Unbecoming'

Monday, 27 Sep 2010 10:55 PM

By Jim Meyers

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President Bill Clinton’s Senior Military Aide Robert “Buzz” Patterson tells Newsmax that a fundraiser and “close acquaintance” of Barack Obama should be prosecuted for treason for aiding America’s enemies.

Patterson, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and best-selling author, also says morale among American forces in Afghanistan is poor and the troops have “absolutely no faith” in their commander-in-chief Obama’s intention of winning the war.

Patterson’s latest book is “Conduct Unbecoming: How Barack Obama Is Destroying the Military and Endangering Our Security.” In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, he was asked why he believes Obama is damaging the military.

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“He’s trying to change the military culture,” Patterson says.

“A perfect example is they’re trying to push through repeal of the don’t ask, don’t tell policy, which right now prohibits open homosexuality in the uniformed services.

“He’s trying to remake the military culture much in his own image, much in the image of the radicals he associates himself with.

“I’m very fearful of that. I think the repercussions are going to be wide and large. I think you’re going to see a lot of really talented people leave the military. In fact, one of the surveys I quote in my book concludes that up to 25 percent of our uniformed services members may leave if this act is repealed.

“The problem is that [repeal] tries to socially engineer the military at a time when we’re fighting a war. You’re going to have a lot of folks who’ll leave the service — they’ll vote with their feet by actually leaving — because they don’t want to put up with all the issues and problems.

“I ask the question: Do we really want to go through all this right now?”

Patterson notes that when Obama was running for president, he made Jodie Evans his key fundraiser in California. Evans is co-founder of the radical anti-military group CODEPINK, which raised more than $600,000 for the insurgents fighting U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Paterson was asked if that rises to the level of treason.

“It most definitely does,” he responds.

“Jodie Evans not only raised that money for CODEPINK, but she delivered that money personally to the insurgents who were fighting and killing U.S. Marines in 2005. And Obama did use her as a fundraiser. In fact, she has been a personal guest at the Obama White House since his election, so she’s not just somebody he used as a fundraiser, she is a close acquaintance and she is in my opinion a traitor.

“The reason she has not been prosecuted to date, I believe, is she has gotten a pass, much like Obama has, from the mainstream media.”

Editor’s Note: CODEPINK takes issue with Patterson’s assertion. A CODEPINK spokeswoman sent Newsmax the following statement:

“In late 2004, our friend Dahr Jamail, an independent U.S. reporter and photographer covering the occupation of Iraq, sent us an urgent e-mail describing the horrors of the U.S. siege on Fallujah. He described gruesome civilian casualties, bodies in the streets rotting, people fleeing into the desert with nothing. He told us that no one was reporting on it and we needed to do something to help these people. We immediately put out an e-mail alert to our whole list (approximately 250k people) asking for donations that we would then deliver to Iraq in December on our Families for Peace Delegation.

“The money poured in. By the end of the first day we had raised $12,000 — reaching $75k within weeks. We teamed up with our friends at Operation USA and the Middle East Children’s Alliance to gather medical supplies to take with us. We estimated the medical supplies at a value of approximately $500,000. Our monetary donations rounded out at just under $100,000.

“On December 26, 2004, our Families for Peace Humanitarian Aid Delegation, which included parents whose children had died in service in Iraq and the World Trade Center, left for Amman, Jordan, where we met with Iraqi families who had lost family members to war. A team of doctors crossed the border into Jordan to meet us and we delivered to them the medical supplies, children’s clothing and children’s medicines (a bulk of the medicine). We also gave them the monetary donations to buy heaters, blankets and tents to set up camps for those who were fleeing from Fallujah into the desert — it was the dead of winter. The doctors sent us back photos of the items they bought and the grateful families who were making use of it all.

“This was a humanitarian effort. All of this is documented on our website and has been since 2004. To this day, whether under Bush or Obama, [the United States] has sent billions of dollars in aid to doctors and hospitals in Fallujah. The only difference is that we prefer to send the aid without the bombs first.”


Patterson contends that President Obama has no real intention of winning the war in Afghanistan.

“Obama won’t even use the word ‘victory.’ The man can’t even utter the fact that we’re fighting against radical fundamentalist Islam. He can’t even identify the enemy. How do you defeat an enemy if you can’t identify him?”
Afghanistan “is going to become another Vietnam if we’re not careful,” he adds.

Asked about the morale of American troops in Afghanistan, Patterson tells Newsmax: “The morale is not doing well. They understand quite clearly that their commander-in-chief is not looking out for their best welfare, that their commander-in-chief is not dedicated to winning the war in Afghanistan or giving them the tools necessary to win, and the morale is suffering.

“The guys in uniform right now have absolutely no faith in Barack Obama.”


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