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Alan Caruba

Column by Alan Caruba

New Jersey --(Ammoland.com)- 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  2014 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 Times February 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 concerned 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.

c Alan Caruba

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Alan Caruba’s commentaries are posted daily at “Warning Signs” his popular blog and thereafter on dozens of other websites and blogs. If you love to read, visit his monthly report on new books at Bookviews.

  • 10 User comments to “Caruba: The White House is Defeating the U.S. Military”

    1. Time for this “rooster lollipop” illegal alien to go.

    2. Ranchman on March 27, 2014 at 8:14 AM said:

      Those missile systems are one of the backbones of our defense. What’s wrong with this idiot? It’s totally obvious that he’s out to destroy us in every way possible.

    3. The POTUS was mentored/tutored by the likes of bernadine dorhm, bill ayers, frank marshall davis, jeremiah wright, black panther movement—-what else can one expect but disdain and contempt from this subversive.

    4. TXGnr1911 on March 27, 2014 at 9:31 AM said:

      Arrest Hussein’s ENTIRE administration. Put them ALL on trial for TREASON. CONVICT them ALL and then summarily HANG THEM FROM GALLOWS ERECTED ON THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN!!!!!

    5. He must be part of jimah cahtah’s offspring…. jimah tried to destroy the military too, but let’s face it.. we’re in a struggle with a communist goobermnt here in Amerika…. what will it take to return to the Constitution; removal from office and prosecution for the crimes he has committed along with his entire administration…

    6. We are in a very dangerous time with Obama. He is tearing our military apart, while our enemies are building their forces. China and Russia know we are in decline with Obama as President and are preparing to take over as the new super powers.

      Putin is the most dangerous leader since Hitler. He is following Hitler’s playbook completely. Besides building up his Military, he now wants to make all his citizens super fit. I wouldn’t doubt if he is experimenting with making super soldiers.

      We as Americans are in a fight to save our Constitution and way of life. The biggest organization that is fighting for our rights is our support for the NRA. They need the help of every free loving American in the U.S.

    7. miguel a alvarado jr on March 27, 2014 at 9:05 PM said:

      what can the people of the USA do to stop this criminal from letting our military be ruined by so much cuts and abuse of the 2nd amendment, what can we do legally? I for one will help in any way I can, cause I love my country, but not the way it is now, its getting sissy and childish, whose with the USA? LETS GET HIM IMPEACHED, MIGUEL

    8. We’ll end up being the World’s most technologically advanced “banana republic” if we’re lucky?

    9. If Obama would spend less time campaigning and vacationing, he could do doing more damage.

      The man in the most incompetent and impotent POTUS the USA has ever had or ever will have.

      What did anyone expect from a guy who voted “Present”?

    10. A he personally stated , one of his MAIN goals if elected was to shut down or minimize the American military , part of his plan to make the United States the worlds LARGEST banana republic .

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