On Monday, President Obama went to the Pentagon for a “meeting with top military leaders on ISIS” — just another photo op and facade. It actually afforded Obama yet another opportunity to demonstrate he has no strategy, plan or policy for strengthening our national security and degrading/destroying ISIS.
As a matter of fact, President Obama stated something to the effect that an ideology cannot be defeated by bullets — hmm. I think bullets stopped Naziism, fascism, Japanese imperialism, and Communism (really big bullets). Apparently Obama believes a kumbaya hearts and minds sing-along policy will cause savage 7th century barbarians living in the 21st century to change their behavior. I think not.
President Obama stated that this conflagration against ISIS will take a long time, and now we know why. As reported by Fox News, “The U.S. Army is planning to cut more than 40,000 troops over the next two years, a senior U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News Tuesday. General Martin Dempsey announced at a Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing Tuesday that dwindling resources was a major factor in the decision to cut the number of active troops from 490,000 to 450,000. In addition to the troop cuts, 17,000 Army civilian employees will be laid off in a plan that is to be formally announced on Thursday.
The announcement comes just one day after President Obama said there were “no current plans” to send more troops to Iraq to fight Islamic State, although he did not rule out the possibility in the future.”
I want everyone to understand what this means for the Army of my dad, myself, and my young nephew. It means the U.S. Army is now at an end strength comparable to pre-World War II. I think we all remember what happened when we used our military as a peace dividend and cut it to pieces after World War I. I know they don’t teach very much American history in schools anymore, so many may not recall Kasserine Pass or Task Force Smith. You want to know what happens when you send an unprepared Army unit into combat? Just review those two case studies.
We recently reported about the 2d Cavalry Regiment in Germany and the plight of having to have their Stryker vehicles retrofitted with a 30mm cannon, since the main gun was only a 12.7mm machine gun. And that’s what the chuckleheads of the Obama administration deployed to “stare down” the heavy armored and mechanized forces of Vladimir Putin in Ukraine.
And so the fundamental transformation of the U.S. Army is near completion — it is now a confirmed hollow force, a la Jimmy Carter. Here we are in a world far more volatile and dangerous — hardly the tranquility Josh Earnest once harped about.
Is there any wonder why the Iranians hardly take us seriously and know they are operating from a position of strength? Whatever happened to Ronald Reagan’s maxim of “peace through strength?”
We have Boko Haram running rampant in Nigeria. ISIS is all over the globe. Russia is reasserting itself as a regional hegemony threatening Ukraine, the Baltic States, and Eastern Europe. China is building islands and emplacing military fortifications. The little fat kid with the bad haircut in North Korea is still lurking around. And the mad mullahs and crazed clerics in Iran are just playing with America like a cat with a rat.
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