SOUNDING THE ALARM: Obama doing to the U.S. military what no enemy on Earth could do

Guest post by Alan Caruba

I began March with a look at the way President Obama is undermining the U.S. military and did not think I would have to return to this topic for a while. I was wrong.

A March 25 article in The Washington Times was titled “Obama to Kill Navy’s Tomahawk, Hellfire Missile Programs in Budget Decimation” and on March 21, The Wall Street Journal published a commentary, “America’s Incredible Shrinking Navy.” When you add those to The New York TimesFebruary 23 article, “Pentagon Plans to Shrink Army to Pre-World War II Level”, you’ve got sufficient reason to begin to realize something very ominous is occurring.

This concern is heightened by the way dozens of high ranking officers are, in the view of some observers, being purged. A number of retired generals are speaking out about it. One of them, retired Army Major General Paul Vallely has charged that Obama is “intentionally weakening and gutting our military and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged.” Retired Army Major General Patrick Brady agrees saying, “There is no doubt he is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him.”

The world, over the course of human civilization, has always been a dangerous place. Much of the history of mankind is a history of wars, large and small. In the last century the U.S. military was involved in two world wars, a Korean conflict, a war in Vietnam, and the Gulf War to drive out Hussein’s Iraqi forces after he invaded Kuwait.

The Russian seizure of Crimea in the wake of the protests that has left Ukraine in disarray has put all of Europe on edge and raised questions about the readiness of NATO. A look around the world sees China increasing its military strength, particularly at sea.

The Middle East to include much of northern Africa is a hotbed of turmoil. And, of course, Iran continues to contribute to it, aiding Syria’s regime along with the Russians, supporting Palestinian terror organizations that threaten Israel, while pursuing its own nuclear weapon capabilities.

This would hardly seem a good time to undermine U.S. military capabilities, but that is exactly what is occurring thanks to President Obama.

The Washington Times reported that “President Barack Obama is seeking to abolish two highly successful missile programs that experts say have helped the U.S. Navy maintain military superiority for the past several decades.” The Tomahawk missile program, under Obama’s 2015 budget proposal, would be completely eliminated by fiscal year 2016. Seth Cropsey, the director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for American Seapower, said “This really moves the U.S. away from a position of influence and military dominance.”

Writing in The New York Times, Steve Cohen, a former director of the U.S. Naval Institute, noted that “The Navy is supposed to be ‘forward deployed’ to provide the president with tools powerful enough to deal with potential threats and trouble spots.” For decades since the end of World War Two the U.S Navy has patrolled the world’s sea lanes to protect trade between nations, but Cohen said, “The rest of the world isn’t unpatrolled, but it is under-patrolled” noting that “Some 90% of the world’s trade moves by sea. Much of that can be disrupted by attacks on a handful of choke points readily apparent to pirates, terrorists, and rogue nations.”

“With the U.S Navy arguably at its smallest since 1917, we don’t have many ships that are actually at sea. Only 35% of the Navy’s entire fleet is deployed, fewer than 100 ships.”

U.S. air power has been under assault as well by the Obama regime. In June of last year, David A. Deptula, a retired Air Force three-star general and senior military scholar at the Air Force Academy, warned that “In the Air Force alone, more than 30 squadrons are now grounded, along with aircrews, and maintenance and training personnel.” Less than a year ago “The graduate schools for Air Force, Navy and Marine combat aviators” had been cancelled. “Equipment testing and upgrades to F-22s, F-15s, F-16s, and other aircraft have been delayed.”

In September 2013, the commandant of the Marine Corps, James F. Amos, warned that cuts to the nation’s defense and security spending that occurred from 1990 to 2001, reduced its total active-duty strength by 32%. In 2001 the Corps totaled approximately 172,000 Marines, down from 197,000 in the 1990 Gulf War. When 9/11 occurred, the Marines “found themselves short of critical capabilities in intelligence collection and analysis, in communication and in mobility on land, sea and in the air.” These days the Marines are facing further reductions.

It will be up to Congress to eliminate the sequestration cuts and the Obama regime proposals to ensure that the U.S. military is restored to a state of readiness. If it rubber stamps the reductions that have been occurring for more than a decade, the ability of the nation to respond to an attack on our homeland or any of our allies will be highly limited.

You can be sure that those nations unfriendly to our future are fully aware of this and the defeat of our armed forces could occur on the battlefield because it has already occurred here.

Hat tip: BadBlue News

Doug Ross @ Journal

Larwyn’s Linx: GOPsmacked! What are Republican Leaders Doing?

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Nation

GOPsmacked! What are Republican Leaders Doing?: DiploMad
Time to Change. Time to Choose.: Erick Erickson
Meet the Billionaires Behind Hillary Clinton 2016: WFB

Will Obama’s pursuit of executive power backfire?: Ed Morrissey
Cruel, dismissive Obamacare: People are just statistics: Unyielding
Ex-Clinton Aide Urges Pelosi to Apologize for Obamacare: Rick Moran

Dan Bongino’s new “GOP” opponent supported Democrats: Jeff Quinton
Big increase in support for concealed handgun laws: John R. Lott
Armed Citizens in Alabama! Vigilantes! Oh My!: Plucking the Yew

Economy

Labor unions utterly betrayed by Obamacare.: Moe Lane
Warped, Distorted, Manipulated, Flipped Housing Market: Jim Quinn
A Soviet Central Planner Would Blush at What House GOP Voted For: Foundry

No, Extending Unemployment Benefits Does Not “Create Jobs”: Patterico
Huckabee to Common Core Creators: Rebrand, Don’t Retreat: Breitbart
The Dumbest Generation?: Mike Riggs

Scandal Central

Obama Laughs When Questioned About Benghazi Terror Attack: WZ
Obama blames Fox News for his scores of scandals: GWP
Clinton White House Counsel Can’t List a Single Hillary Accomplishment: Daniel Greenfield

Climate & Energy

Michael Mann the ‘reluctant public figure’ and ‘typewriter expert’: Anthony Watts
Former German Chancellor Warns Green Energy Costs May Trigger Revolt: GWPF
Nanny Bloomberg: World Climate Czar!: Breitbart

Media

O’Reilly Grills Obama on ObamaCare, Benghazi and IRS Scandals; Obama Blames Fox News: Breitbart
Matthew Burke to Congress: Do Your Job, Impeach Dictator Obama: TPNN
Dylan Farrow Exposes Why America Is Slipping From The Shiny City On The Hill: Strata-Sphere

#OccupyResoluteDesk Gives O’Reilly 10 Mins Of Variations On ‘Shut Up, Peasant’: R.S. McCain
Charles Krauthammer Explains Obama’s Lawlessness in 50 Seconds: Foundry
“Comic” Bill Maher calls for mass shooting of country music stars: Bob Owens

World

Trying to scare us: Caroline Glick
Obama planning a trip to Saudi Arabia to repair badly frayed ties: Julian Pecquet
Montreal Woman Killed When Her Hijab Became Trapped in Escalator: AmPower

Coke Backs BDS Group Trying to Cripple Israeli Soda Competitor: Adam Kredo
John Kerry Threatens Israel With Boycotts if Talks Fail: INN
In Quitting Oxfam, Scarlett Johansson Has Exposed Two Lies (VIDEO): Algemeiner

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Modern Wheat – Old Diet Staple Turned Into a Modern Health Nightmare: Kris Gunnars
Google’s Grand Plan to Make Your Brain Irrelevant: Marcus Wohlsen, Wired
The 5 Best Real-Time Marketing Moments of the Super Bowl: Brian Morrissey

Cornucopia

The Worst Super Bowl Commercial: Coca Cola Butchers “America The Beautiful”: John Hawkins
‘Real heroes’: NFL legend Joe Namath shows off bracelet tribute to Chris Kyle: Twitchy
Whose Pen is Mightier in the No-Spin Zone? Poll to Follow.: MOTUS

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Today’s Larwyn’s Linx sponsored by: Fire Mitch McConnell: support Matt Bevin for Senate

QOTD: “I noticed a few days ago, you had a guest post that mentioned ICE’s FY 2013 report on illegal immigration.

If you look closely at it, there are some frightening numbers to be found.

Of the illegal aliens (133,000) caught inside the U.S., 82% had been previously convicted of a crime. 52,000 of this group had convictions for violent felonies!

At the border, of the 235,000 caught, 45% had criminal records. 21,000 were violent felons.

These numbers, especially the “caught at the border figures”, put to rest any claim that these are just hard working people looking for jobs.

Instead, we are importing the worst of Mexico and Latin America.” –The Machiavellian

Doug Ross @ Journal

REALITY TV: Watch as small company employees find out what Obamacare is doing to their coverage

“They call it the affordable health plan. There’s nothing affordable about it. I can’t afford it.

A local news station brings viewers inside one Pennsylvania company as the employees there learn about their new health care plans under Obamacare…

“Look at the numbers,” says the reporter of two employees. “Jeff and Dave used to have a $ 1,250 deductible. Since Obamacare went into effect, it’s now jumped 60 percent to $ 2,000. That’s nothing compared to Brian, Kristi, and Judy who have kids. they are going to pay twice that, four grand.” The reporter adds that co-pays are being increased, too.

“I don’t know how President Obama thinks he’s helping us because we can’t afford this, we can’t afford to pay these co-pays, to pay these deductibles on what we’re making,” says one of the workers.

Now pretend you’re in the GOP Establishment.

What would you do to exploit the tidal wave of rage washing over the countryside as Americans discover what socialized medicine really means?

If you answered “Pass Amnesty for Illegal Aliens“, you have a future working for Karl Rove and the Chamber of Crony Capitalism.

Hat tip: BadBlue Real-Time News

Doug Ross @ Journal

DOING THE JOBS AMERICANS WON’T DO: Illegal Alien Convicted of Raping 67 year old

Guest post by The Machiavellian

Lopez-Bautista, at his trial, called this a land of opportunity. Why, yes it is, for enterprising criminals from Mexico.

BALLSTON SPA — Antonio Lopez-Bautista, an immigrant who entered the country illegally and attacked and sexually assaulted a 67-year-old woman on the city’s west side last May, was sentenced Monday to spend a determinate sentence of 11 years in jail.

After he serves the sentence, he will be deported to his native Mexico.

Lopez-Bautista, a 19-year-old resident of South Federal Street in Saratoga Springs, was convicted of attempted kidnapping, sexual abuse, two counts of assault and criminal obstructions of breathing. He was acquitted of another assault charge, first- and second-degree robbery and attempted rape.

The violent attack was captured on surveillance video and showed Lopez-Bautista sneaking up to the victim’s car and opening the door, pulling her out, dragging her down the street and ripping off her clothes. The victim was waiting for her husband to leave work at about 4 a.m.

…Before he was sentenced, an interpreter read two letters on behalf of Lopez-Bautista, one written to the victim and the other to the judge. In the letters, Lopez-Bautista apologizes many times and asks for mercy from the judge. He also says his inebriated state, from an abundance of alcohol and cough syrup, is to blame for mistaking his victim for a political oppressor in Mexico.

…On Monday, new information regarding Lopez-Bautista’s illegal entrance to the United States came to light. He first came into the country illegally via the Arizona border in April 2009. He was deported that time, but successfully crossed into the country again one month later. He has illegally remained in the country since.

“I will never return to this country again, although it was filled with opportunity,” Lopez-Bautista wrote.

Just read all of the stories and here that I have gathered over the years. These aren’t isolated events, but rather a wave of criminals hiding among a wave of illegal immigrants.

Stop the latter and you end the first.

 

Doug Ross @ Journal

Netanyahu: World is not doing enough to prevent a new Holocaust.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (center), Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz in a meeting on January 27, 2014. (photo credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/Flash90/Times of Israel)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (center), Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz in a meeting on January 27, 2014. (photo credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/Flash90/Times of Israel)

>> Report: More than 1,000 Holocaust survivors die every month

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday berated the international community for showing indifference to the threat posed by Iran, comparing Tehran to the Nazi regime and implying that the world was not fulfilling its obligation to prevent a second Jewish holocaust,” reported the Times of Israel.

“Even today, when there is broad agreement that the Holocaust should have been prevented, the world is not crying out in the face of a regime that calls for our destruction and even receives with open arms the man who represents it,” Netanyahu said, referring to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. “In the face of a state that openly calls for the destruction of the state of the Jews, everyone clears their throat in the face of the smiles. The attitude toward the State of Israel is not proportionate to the issues that are on the agenda. It also shows us that in the harassment of Jews there is thousands of years of continuity to the phenomenon of anti-Semitism.”

“Last week the Knesset witnessed one of the most important speeches that have ever been made within its walls,” Netanyahu continued in a prepared statement. “In this speech, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that the singling out of the State of Israel is extreme and disproportionate by any reasonable standard, that it also undermines the foundations of Western civilization which is supposed to fight for both our rights and those of others. Against the attempt to deny the legitimacy of the state of the Jews, we must fight for and demand our rights.”

President Shimon Peres called on the world ”not be satisfied by condemning the Holocaust but rather join our hearts and hands to ensure that we live in a world where another Holocaust is impossible,” the Times reported. “The Holocaust is a great warning to us all. Forgetfulness is a menace, we must remember and remember to love and respect everyone no matter the color of their skin or the origin of their birth. Moses taught us that every human being was made in the image of the Lord; no one has the right to take that away. We have a duty to remember the past but also to improve the future; this is not just a memorial day but a call to us all to move ahead, never forgetting the past but never losing hope in the future.”

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