Is US Military Readiness Being Compromised?
Obama's Purge of the US Military
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
and more Americans are beginning to worry that America's military is in
decline. Veterans of the military forces, especially, worry as they
have seen the evidence of a lack of readiness by simply comparing the
state of readiness of their branch of the military during their time of
service and the state of readiness today in that same branch of the US
It is a topic the government does not want to discuss
in public. That is understandable. However, it needs attention and it
needs attention NOW.
The House Armed Services Committee chairman, Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., said recently: "You'd better hope we never have a war again." It would seem he, too, is concerned over what he perceives as the decline in what the military calls its readiness.
can be no doubt that recent budget cuts have hurt the US military. The
cuts were made against the warnings of top brass at the Pentagon and by
military experts. More cuts are in the pipeline.
How bad has
readiness suffered? Well, that's classified. But we are able to pick
up a snippet here and there that allows us to peek behind the curtain
for an instant.
From a report on ABCnews.com we learn: "...
an Air Force official says they've grounded 13 combat fighter/bomber
squadrons or about a third of those active duty units. And the Army says
only two of its 35 active-duty brigades are fully ready for major
combat operations." SOURCE: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/worry-us-military-ready-21046785
for your information -- a brigade is made up (usually) of approximately
3,500 to 5,500 troops. So the figures above become even more
frightening when we realize that we have roughly 160,000 active duty
combat troops in those 35 brigades -- BUT -- we only have less than ten
thousand active duty combat troops ready to fight -- right now!
Yeah, I know that is JUST the Army and does not include the Reserves, the Marines, and the Navy. Still, it IS eye-opening and frightening.
Budget cuts have curtailed training, especially for the US Army and it is beginning to show.
Consider this: "U.S.
General Ray Odierno, U.S. Army chief of staff, has said that budget
cuts and fiscal uncertainty in the United States have led to sharp
reductions in army training.
In comments on October 21 at a
conference of the Association of the U.S. Army, Odierno said currently
only two brigades of troops are fully trained and combat ready.
"We had to stop training, basically, in the last six months of the [fiscal] year," Odierno said.
A combat brigade has between 3,500 and 5,000 troops. The U.S. Army currently has some 570,000 uniformed personnel.
Under current plans approved by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during the summer, that figure could be reduced as low as 420,000.
also said budget woes are affecting equipment purchases and the army
currently needs a new armored fighting vehicle and new helicopters." SOURCE: http://www.rferl.org/content/article/25143880.html
The US military is reeling from $800 billion in defense cuts over the
next ten years and now, we learn, they are faced with $500 billion MORE
in budget cuts since sequestration has kicked in.
administration’s military budget cuts are being made when global tension
and instability are spiraling up. The Middle East is a time bomb set
to explode at any moment. As I write China and Japan are at something
of a stand off over disputed ownership of a few small islands claimed by
both. The US is pledged to fight for Japan should this glaring contest
suddenly go hot and bullets begin to fly.
How bad is it? As we
said above that is classified, but consider what Retired Adm. James A.
Lyons former Commander - in - Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and senior
U.S. military representative to the United Nations had to say back in
October 2013 in an article published by the Washington Times: "All
this means that we will have the smallest Army since prior to World War
II. The Navy, with its anemic shipbuilding program, will most likely be
left with the smallest fleet since prior to World War I. The U.S. Air
Force will suffer a similar adverse impact. Selected aircraft squadrons
from both the Air Force and the Navy have been ordered to stand down and
not fly. It will take several months to restore their readiness.
of the Navy’s demise are the five aircraft carriers that are currently
moored at piers at the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia for lack of
operating and overhaul funds. Clearly, with the escalating civil war in
Syria, one carrier battle group should be immediately deployed to the
Mediterranean. Such a deployment would dramatically change the strategic
equation and counter Russia’s deployment of 11 ships currently there." SOURCE: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jun/11/restoring-military-readiness-512223544/#ixzz2mEsFm3Ny
budget cuts have done a number on the US military. Adding to the
military's problems though, is the social engineering the left has
forced upon our fighting forces. Unit cohesion is evaporating with
homosexuals serving openly now and, with women in combat roles, sexual
assaults are sky rocketing.
Some are wondering if we have entirely to many politician soldiers, parade ground officers, instead of fighting generals in positions of power in the upper echelons of the US military.
there are those who suspect Obama is purging the military of generals
and admirals who place their oath to protect the Constitution before
allegiance to him.
Consider this: "Retired Army Lt.
Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, who was with Delta Force and later
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence under President
George W. Bush, says it is worrying that four-star generals are being
retired at the rate that has occurred under Obama.
“Over the past
three years, it is unprecedented for the number of four-star generals
to be relieved of duty, and not necessarily relieved for cause,” Boykin
Boykin went on to say: “I believe there is a purging of the military,” he said. “The problem is worse than we have ever seen.”
Boykin referred to recent reports that Obama has purged some 197 officers in the past five years." SOURCE: http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/top-generals-obama-is-purging-the-military/#zjus8xYFUc2EzwEZ.99
could argue that Obama is only following his Marxist philosophy and
copying Joseph Stalin's purge of the Soviet military in 1941. That
purge by Stalin was to consolidate his power. One would be hard pressed
NOT to think Mr. Obama might be motivated by the same motivating
principle as Stalin. Stalin wanted a military that answered only to him
-- and him alone.
We cannot allow any President to create a Praetorian Guard of our military.
There has never been an attempted coup by the US military. How do I know? Because had there been -- it would have been successful.
They have shown remarkable restraint over the past nearly two-and-half
centuries. But today there is restlessness in the ranks -- both upper
The US military, the Army, the Navy, Marines, the Air
Force, the Coast Guard, and all the Reserve forces need our help. The
least we can do is contact our Congressperson and demand that they
investigate and get to the bottom of Obama's purge of the military and
restore the necessary funds to rebuild our military and finally,
Congress should repeal, or in some other way, remove homosexuals from
serving openly in the US military and remove women from combat roles in
all the services.
The US military has defended America for
250 years, or so. Don't you think it's about time we Americans came to
the defense of our troops?
J. D. Longstreet
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