By Removing The Fire Department, We Will Remove Fires…

By John Farnam

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley, warned Congress, with a straight face, that we are now way short of even an ability to support a “ one-theater” war!
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“History assures us there are no ‘invincible’ armies.” ~ Joe Stalin

“An army lacking courageous, audacious leaders, top to bottom, is little more than an aimless horde of tourists! As dark clouds gather on the world stage, we discover anew that you can’t “manage” men into battle.

You have to lead them!” ~ Anon

In 1980, I was a young Army captain (reserve), and I had the honor and privilege of attending Army Command and General Staff College in Ft Leavenworth, KS.

In those days, our Army had, and jealously maintained, the capacity to simultaneously wage a “two-and-a-half-theater” war. We could adequately project military power onto two, separate theaters, with enough left over to sustain an independent military side-show.

Over the next three decades, that proud (and necessary) capability disgracefully degenerated to barely “one-and-a-half-theater” strength.

And now, our Army’s Chief of Staff warned Congress, with a straight face, that we are now way short of even an ability to support a “ one-theater” war!

The terminology he used was that our Army is currently operating at “high military risk,” and that we are way short of a legitimate capability of meeting even our existing low standards!

Our Navy and Air Force are no better.

And with BHO’s blessing, we are scheduled to go even lower!

In order to expand to any degree, Gen Milley indicated the Army would have to take money from modernization and would have to close bases and installations. Then of course, where would all these new soldiers be quartered?

He continued, “At the end of the day, we risk literally having a ‘hollow Army.’”

Such an “Army” will never train, will not have necessary equipment, spare parts, adequate maintenance, fuel, ammunition. Critical equipment will rapidly become obsolete, idle, rusting junk that no one knows how to operate anyway. A “hollow” Army can’t deploy, can’t fight, can’t even maintain itself.

And, that is where we’re headed! Our current Army is half the size it needs to be to meet even foolishly optimistic global challenges.

Milley continued, “But it’s not just numbers. It’s readiness. It’s technological capability.”

Rusty 1911
Rusty 1911


BHO’s seething contempt for our military services has translated to an unprecedented decline in this nation’s military capability over the past eight years. Now, even our Army’s Chief of Staff is nervously admitting it to congress!

No longer wanting to serve under our current gaggle of BHO-era risk-averse “manager/generals,” who only care about maintaining “minimum standards,” our Army’s entire cadre of mid-level officers and senior NCOs has either resigned or been forced out.

Several years ago, when I commented about the exodus of capable officers and NCOs who were fed-up with the BHO Administration’s disdain for them and their faithful service, naive liberals I know arrogantly said, “Good riddance!”

Well, we (including those same liberals) now desperately wish we had them back!

General George 'Troublemaker' Patton
General George ‘Troublemaker’ Patton

“It is certain that the two World Wars in which I have participated would not have occurred had we been prepared. It is my belief that adequate preparation on our part would have prevented or materially shortened all our wars, beginning with The War of 1812!

Yet, after each of our wars, there has always been a hue and cry to the effect that there will be no more wars, that disarmament is the sure road to health, happiness, and peace; and that by removing the fire department, we will remove fires. These ideas spring from wishful thinking and from the erroneous belief that wars result from logical processes.

There is no logic in wars. They are produced by madmen. No one can say when future madmen will reappear. I do not say that there will be no more wars; I devoutly hope that there will not, but I do say that the chances of avoiding future wars will be greatly enhanced when we are ready.

Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow, and of the man who leads, that gains victory.” ~ Patton



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William Lightner

I watched General Milly on CSPAN on Sunday and it’s amazing but this is true. Social Security is is fixable but what I learned went through me was dread this goes back to when I was on duty I was still. Reagan set us up and Obama found robotics and I wonder technology that is suspect. Vote Trump.


I am x military and support our men and women serving under really demoralizing conditions. The Forces have been without a Leader for almost 8 years and the few Flag officers that are committed to the Constitution are fewer in numbers than I would believe possible. Flag officers, by definition, must kiss ass to be promoted and that is a sad fact of life. I will contend till my last breath that the forces need to consolidate. Why do we need an Air Force, a Navy Air Wing, a Marine Air Wing and a Army Air contingent? A million man… Read more »


This despite the amount of money that is given to the military. As much as the next 8 countries in the world combined! And Michael, you should understand that Congress has a larger say in the Military than than POTUS. but since your too stupid to even know how to spell, I shouldn’t be surprised.

Just the facts man.


I served six years, and the idea of spending more, when we already spend more than the rest of the world combined, is nuts. It is time to make others foot there part to keep the world safe.


There was time when a George Patton or Curtis LeMay would have staged a coup d’état to save our republic from Marxism. Not a chance: the Pentagon had been declawed, neutered and emasculated, and is populated by the pussified senior officers who survived O’Bunghole’s Stalinist purge of the military.


Just like claiming the Earth is flat.


He is working to get the military down to a few thousand. Then he will release his Muslim hordes to take over the country. I would not be surprised if the UN blue helmets join the Muzzie hordes and take our guns. Then we Americans will be no better than the Europeans in WW2. We have no one to blame but ourselves because we allowed all this to happen…twice. Our Congress and Senate refused to put a stop to this and bring this to impeachment of the POTUS. Let us hope that with a Conservative win in November we can… Read more »

Wild Bill

Let loose them moslem hordes! Let’s play Cowboys and moslems! Then we’ll move on to Cowboys and professional politicians. Cowboys and Hollywood types. You bring the anti-American ideas. We’ll bring the rope!


a conservative president this time might make a small difference. A CinC with a brain in his head and a heart for this nation in his chest might make a small difference. Until there is a serious housecleaning in the Congress there can be no real improvement natioinally. There are a few… nowhere near enough. Take out the rotting trash in congress and things will begin to change. I heard Danny Mc Knight explain how Congress’ newly imposed RoE doomed his assigned mission to Mogidishu, and seriously hampered their rescue mission when that BlackHawk went down. And here we both… Read more »

Randall Anderson

Well, I do agree the politicians of any given period play greatly on the moral of fighting men. I joined the Navy in 1978, in a six-year enlistment. At the time my plan was to serve for 20 years. However, after three deployments to the Persian Gulf and being faced with a fourth I quit after 4.5 years. And yes, you can quit any branch of the armed services anytime you want. I received a General Under Honorable Conditions discharge. That said, I enlisted to protect America. However, at that time it was clear to see that all I was… Read more »


I served from 76-82 and no offence but you were like so many others I served with,oblivious to reality. Every war is fought over money in one way or another. Service Men and Women are pawns.


And THIS IS WHY TRUMP should be President. The CRIMINALS within our Illuminati (CFR NWO BIS FED IMF ZIONIST) owned government have brought America low and you allowed them to do it. With all your liberal minded idiocy of making a man, “The Woman of the Year” and providing the “Nobel Peace Prize” to a war criminal who happens to be an illegal alien married to a man and displays outright perversion across the front of the Country’s capital in rainbow colors while bowing to foreign dictators, whilst gutting the strength of the US Military through a Litmus test removing… Read more »


Don’t worry. The media and GOP establishment tell me that Ted Cruz is the only real conservative and will save us. It doesn’t matter if he is an insider under the influence of globalist powers and special interests backing. Ted Cruz himself brags that he has the backing of the Bush family. We know how great the Bush family has been for America. Go Canadian Cruz!!! Whoo!

Michael Hayes

With the sorry POTASS we have in the White House now. The military will go even further down the tube. The government we have now is nothing short of the enemy and needs to be treated as such.


Its not for lack of money and lack of new gadgets. But throwing money and gadgets at them don’t make them win you need the fighting spirit.

Matt in Oklahoma

The Army pulled the same stunt during the Clinton days when I was in giving them bonuses to get out because they wanted them gone so bad. It was a devastating blow to us. I stayed only to get out a year later because of my deployment predictions in the following 2 years. I was going to be home 2 months. So if you think the exudos is over it’s not. Others will grow tired of picking up the slack.


WTF is going on in this county. That sleeper-cell muslim terrorist on PA Ave is part of the ruination of this country. My God people, open your closed eyes and see what he has done. What were you idiots thinking voting for this bozo not once, but twice?? Wow, I’m sad to say what this country has become.


Fools voted for him the first time, the second time many votes were cast clandestinely, by dead people.
The election was stolen by Soros and his minions “The people who cast the votes don’t decide an election, the people who count the votes do.” – Joseph Stalin


Don’t forget the “instant Demoncraps” who stepped across the border and voted for Sheikh Hussein al-Obamastan, or the hordes of illiterate and inarticulate Somalis who were bussed from polling site to polling site with a driver/interpreter, to vote again and again in Columbus, OH. Or Port St. Lucie, FL, where 114% of registered voters voted for the Luo tribesman from Kenya (no Repugnican votes were cast). Let us not forget Chicago, where every two years the graves open up and dead people stumble out to vote for Socialist-Demoncraps. The list goes on and on.

gary tompkins

They don’t open the graves anymore. You are able to vote early for the next (200 or so) elections. So are all of your pets. Hahaha.


@mb You mention what I was thinking. Voter fraud. Reminds me of the YouTube video showing ballot stuffing in Arizona. I’m sure that’s just the tip of the iceberg.