Ret. Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters charged it was "as low as any president in history has gone" for President Barack Obama to send troops to Afghanistan into a war in which he didn't believe.
"If our president sent our troops, tripled down in Afghanistan, and never believed in the mission, never believed it could work, but, for the last five years has allowed our soldiers and Marines and Navy Corpsmen to be killed or maimed in a war the president doesn't believe makes sense, or that he doesn't believe he could win — that is as low as any president in history has gone," Peters told Fox News' "America's Newsroom"
Peters was responding to excerpts from an upcoming book by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. In the book, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,"
Gates criticized President Obama, claiming the president lost faith in his policy on the war in Afghanistan.
Military troops who have died or been maimed in service to the country deserve more from their commander-in-chief, Peters argued.
"The ones that come home dead . . . The ones who are lying, right now, maimed, horribly burned in hospitals, they deserve better from the president of the United States than abandoning them in a war he never believed," Peters said.
"You get this reinforcement of the position of (President) Obama as just being very aloof and disdainful and sure that he can do everything better than anybody," Peters said.
Peters said a fundamental problem was that President Obama never paid his dues by serving in the military, but "comes from this left wing milieu in which everybody views the military and the generals and admirals as, sort of, Dr. Strangelove characters."
Dr. Strangelove was a 1964 comedy about a rogue American general who, fearing a nuclear attack, orders a first strike on the Soviet Union.
Peters pointed out the attitude spills over to the people close to the president who also have not served in the military.
"They're not real for them. I don't think our troops were ever really truly real for these people," he said.
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