Like most people, I cannot tolerate the sound of Barack Hussein Obama’s voice, so I passed on the marathon State of the Campaign speech last week.
But I did note from media coverage that our first Marxist Commander in Chief including his canned “courage, selflessness and teamwork” of our military clap-trap.
Talk is cheap, most especially in Washington and quite specifically in the Oval Office. Not only has Obama made good on “fundamentally changing” our nation, he is well knee-deep in destroying our military.
The left applauds this because they hate our troops and the right hates him for it… but neither can say his intentions were cloaked.
His Defense Department cuts of half a trillion dollars will send tremors through manpower and materiel from combat troops in the field to the loss of R&D on high tech defense for next-generation weapons systems. Worse, it constitutes yet another example of our failure to anticipate and meet enemy threats before we suffer their existence, in the old American tradition of being unprepared.
As a percentage of total federal spending, the proposed Obama DOD budget is the lowest since the pre-World War II era… when democrat progressives and some useful idiots in the GOP ran the government.
In the 1930s some troops were forced to train with broom sticks for they had no rifles, the rest were armed with the same rifle their fathers carried in WWI; the Springfield ’03, a clip-fed, 5-round, bolt action rifle adopted for use not long after the Indian Wars.
Used cars with “tank” painted on the sides stood in for armor, and the Army Air Corps was pitiful compared to the designs, performance and airmanship of Japan and Germany; hell, Howard Hughes alone assembled, maintain and manned the largest private air force in the world just to film his 1930 WWI epic, Hell’s Angels.
As a people we always seem to believe that peace is simply the absence of war. It outrages me that only one percent of our population ever has to pay the price for such idiocy and criminal malfeasance.
Obama’s reductions in the number of active-duty troops hits the Army and Marine Corps hardest; the active-duty Army will fall from a high of 570,000 in 2010 to 490,000. The Marine Corps will go from 202,000 to 182,000. Obama plans to fire these 100,000 troops from the ranks of the two branches that carry the heaviest burden in this war–the very people who do the jobs most Americans refuse to do.
American Legion National Commander Fang Wong correctly asks, “… how long can America’s military remain the finest in the world if we keep bleeding its resources and capabilities?” “We are seeing a shift in the military’s strategic focus from the Middle East to Asia and the Pacific. But what kind of tactical strength will we have to back it up?”
Even Defense Sec. Leon Panetta has warned that the cuts to defense spending could increase the country’s unemployment rate by 1 percent – more than a million jobs.
“Make no mistake, the savings that we are proposing will impact all 50 states and many districts, congressional districts across America.”
As well, when this takes effect next January, DoD will automatically have to cut an additional $540 billion from spending over the next decade.
Yes, yes, all this is spun as “no longer fighting the wars of the last decade, and to instead beef up the Navy and other assets to help counter Iran, China and North Korea.”
If course there are substantial budget savings when you run up the white flag and come home. But history teaches that there are far greater costs than money.
This is nothing more than Dick Nixon surrendering South Vietnam to the commies having declared “peace with honor” casting the return of our POWs as proof of “victory.”
The entire premise–that our war against the Muslims is over, Obama killed OBL and Sadaam and that’s it, yea Barry!–is ludicrous.
China is more of an economic threat and ironically (and schizophrenically) an economic partner as well.
North Korea has always been and is now run by an inbred troglodyte who while annoying, is directly under the thumb of the Peoples’ Republic.
Iran is a real threat, but Obama is siding with the Muslims against our only real ally, Israel… so people should be far more worried about Obama than Ahmadinejad.
Proof? Obama has supported, applauded and encouraged the radical Islamofascist takeover of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt – maybe even Jordan.
“Arabists in the State Department, who are really part of the Arab lobby, have traditionally made the case that in order to guarantee oil we have to appease the Arab oil producers in much of the Arab world,” said Mitchell Bard, an American foreign policy analyst. “And part of appeasing them, they’ve argued, is to have a much less warm relationship between the United States and Israel.
But that’s not necessarily true: “Historically, the truth has been exactly the opposite. The stronger the relationship between the United States and Israel, typically the better the relationship the United States has had with most Arab countries.
None of this has to do with our military, national defense or national interest; it is only Obama trying to appease the far left of his base, sorely vexed because he failed to surrender our military goals around the world via executive order on January 2009.
He has doubled down on his wager that he can be re-elected by giving the far left increasing portions of everything they demand in return for their votes.
And the nation be damned.