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.
And what does the Obama administration announce? We are cutting 40,000 troops from the U.S. Army. Let me be clear, drones are not a strategy.
When reelected in 2012, the world’s despots, dictators, autocrats, and theocrats knew they had four years. And no way in their wildest dreams did they EVER believe they could get this lucky as to have a President Barack Obama in the White House, not once, but twice. Yep, they hit the jackpot and they realize they have just 18 more months to inflict as much damage and gain as great an advantage as possible.
Then again, thanks to the available abundance of Kool-aid, doggone Bernie Sanders now believes he could be president. If that’s the case, it may not be too long before we are owned by our enemies.
Ladies and gents, this is why I firmly admonish you all to view the next president through the prism of being commander-in-chief. We will need a resolute leader, not a cheap empty suit political charlatan that places our nation and its allies under the specter of danger. No, I am not talking about a warmonger – that’s the excuse of those who would serve up America to our enemies.
I’m talking about a person who would be willing to take on the bullies and doesn’t subscribe to Barney the Purple Dragon’s foreign policy doctrine: “I love you, you love me.”
Nuclear deals with Iran, diplomatic relations with Cuba, and massive reductions of our U.S. Army along with a U.S. Marine Corps already at World War I levels, and a U.S. Navy at 1917 levels — doggone we look like wimps.
I hear President Obama claim we have the world’s best military. It reminds me of his statement that we live in the greatest nation the world has ever known — so help him change it. Now we know what his change is all about: the weakening of America in every way — especially economically and militarily.
About three weeks ago I sat in the auditorium at Ft. Leavenworth and watched the future leadership of the U.S. Army, the Class of 2015 Command and General Staff Officers College, graduate. In that class was my own nephew, and I recalled my CGSOC graduation in 1997. At that time, I headed off to Ft. Bragg and we suffered some hard times under the Bill Clinton years. We struggled to keep our equipment operational. We worked through not having enough ammunition for individual and crew weapons certifications. I remember having to budget so tight for the Artillery Battalion where I was an Executive Officer that we were concerned about purchasing toilet paper for the barracks.
Liberal progressive socialists care little for our military, they say one thing but their actions speak in stentorian response. These are tumultuous times, and if we do not have the right person in the White House, there will be hell to pay.
You just have to ask, what are 3,500 U.S. troops doing in Iraq? Then again, perhaps Obama believes we don’t need a strong Army — after all we have 60 trained Syrian rebels. FUBAR!
Written by Allen West