While the president of the United States pitched his crumbling healthcare program like a late-night infomercial barker, the Army´s chief of staff made a shocking admission about national defense. Gen. Ray Odierno told a Washington conference Monday that the U.S. Army had not conducted any training in the last six months of the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. And, he said, there currently are only two Army brigades rated combat-ready. That´s less than one-third what ‘s regarded as necessary for national security. [Snip] All this to comply with Obama administration orders to drastically shrink the Army and military spending.
I was on active duty, USAF, during Robert McNamara´s reign as secretary of defense, 1961-1964. And while JFK was preaching war, McNamara was cutting us to the bone. Pilots were limited in flight time each month because of limits on fuel. And In my hospital, we had to use EWP (emergency war preparedness) medical supplies to take care of our patients. Curtis Lemay was chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and JFK fired him - and part of the reason was, probably, LeMay´s complaints about McNamara.
It gets even worse than that....At least 1 Combat Brigade was recently told they would be tasked to fight fires (no word about training them to be firefighters) and then were told that they would be tasked for "civil disturbance control".
They also went from getting $200 million last year to $5 million this year because of sequestration.
So what´s the news here. Everybody knew Obama would trash to military to fund his myriad Marist social programs. As Gomer would say "surprise, surprise". But it´s not his fault folks . . . you elected him, twice.
What this actually means is when some entity, realizing Obama´s criminal incompetence, moves on some aspect of America´s vital interest, our troops will be committed to battle trained to be little more than cannon fodder. Thanks again, you LoFo greedy/progressive dolts!
The US military must turn in their guns - bad, bad guns! - and begin community organising instead. That way, they´d be helping people instead of hurting people. Why is it only Democrats can see the logic of this?
No training in the last six months?...Obama informed the world exactly what he had in mind in 2008:
"We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we´ve set. We´ve got to have a civilian national security force that´s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded." Barack Hussein Obama Colorado Springs, Colorado July 2, 2008
And whatever became of those 1,600,000,000 rounds of ammo ordered by Big Sis?
Our fearless leader is carrying out the longterm goals of the brotherhood since he is the defacto leader of global jihad. From the GLobal Project for Palestine: ***Using deception to mask the intended goals of Islamist actions, as long as it does not conflict with Shari’a law; ***Avoiding social conflicts with Westerners locally, nationally or globally, that might damage the long-term ability to expand the Islamist powerbase in the West or provoke a backlash against Muslims; ***Establishing financial networks to fund the work of conversion of the West, including the support of full-time administrators and workers; ***Conducting surveillance, obtaining data, and establishing collection and data storage capabilities!!!!!!!!!!!!!; ***Putting into place a watchdog system for monitoring Western media to warn Muslims of “international plots fomented against them”; ***Developing a comprehensive 100-year plan to advance Islamist ideology throughout the world; ***Involving ideologically committed Muslims in democratically-elected institutions on all levels in the West, including government, NGOs, private organizations and labor unions; ******Instrumentally using existing Western institutions until they can be converted and put into service of Islam; ***Instituting alliances with Western “progressive” organizations that share similar goals; ***Creating autonomous “security forces” to protect Muslims in the West; ***Inflaming violence and keeping Muslims living in the West “in a jihad frame of mind”; ***Supporting jihad movements across the Muslim world (vis Arab Spring) through preaching, propaganda, personnel, funding, and technical and operational support; ***Making the Palestinian cause a global wedge issue for Muslims; ***Adopting the total liberation of Palestine from Israel and the creation of an Islamic state as a keystone in the plan for global Islamic domination; ***Instigating a constant campaign to incite hatred by Muslims against Jews and rejecting any discussions of conciliation or coexistence with them; ***Actively creating jihad terror cells within Palestine; ***Linking the terrorist activities in Palestine with the global terror movement; and ***Collecting sufficient funds to indefinitely perpetuate and support jihad around the world.
Don´t heap all the blame on just Carter. Clinton was even worse. Rumsfeld had to send poorly protected, half finished equipment to Iraq, remember? That all happened under Clinton so he could claim he left a surplus when he left office.
Military aviators will die as a result of the CinC´s willful disregard of his primary duty: provide for the common defense.
Piloting jet fighters and high performance helicopters requires constant proficiency training, aka frequent flying. Without this training, accidents will happen, either in peacetime or, God forbid, in combat.
Nothing to worry about, because Homeland Security has arranged to buy 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition over the next five years. If we are attacked, the Coast Guard, ICE agents, TSA and the Border Patrol will protect us.
- Drastic cuts in the military - Reduction of forces, especially career military - Purge of top military leadership - Slashed training for war readiness - Appointment of far left leadership in the old slots - Complete lack of regard for the sacrifices of service members and families - A Sec Def somewhere left of Karl Marx
I continue to wonder if he really intends to go at 12 noon, January 20, 2017.
Don´t worry. He really DOES intend to go at 12 noon, January 20, 2017. He promised Hillary it would be her turn back in 2008 when he got her to back down from ´cracking the glass ceiling´. If he reneges on his promise, she´ll cut off his....
@5 There needs to be some military at the ready when Cankles again galumphs into our White House. They will be busy serving her guests and kissing her behind. I say this in jest but it´s too close to being true. I cry for so many things that were.
Just like Rome. When the Legions were not out on campaigns and camped outside of Rome, they grew fat and lazy and became easy prey for the barbarians that they had pillaged in the past.
I don´t believe #10´s comments were directed at the military but toward their inept leadership. Ask any good soldier what he thinks about current LGBT policies and sending mothers of little children out on the battlefield.
It is now up to the citizens to defend themselves. The Second Amendment is more important now than ever.
I can´t believe my Grand Son who is in the US Army, in a well sung unit, is sitting there with his bare butt sticking out and may end up as BHO´s cannon fodder.
We veterans pushed aside barriers to our monuments to pay tribute to our Fallen Heroes.
In finding out that we have had a lapse of training for six months should be a reason in the elections of November 5 2014 and election day 2016 to clean out all the termites, bedbugs and maggots in all parts of government. Including those tenured uncivil servants. We Veterans will be there at the levers of freedom to rid us of government pests and fumigate Washington.
I heard a testimony from a career military Air Force officer Sunday night and he said he was glad to be retired from "Obama´s military" and he felt sorry for the guys that were in the service right now, and he said to the congregation, you know, Obama considers the military "his" military. His words chilled me to the bone.
#10 was not attacking our military, they are the victims of Obama´s political agenda. We do have to face reality though. Panetta is to be blamed for allowing all this focus on social engineering vs. military readiness. I blame Congress for allowing all of this to occur on their watch. They are nothing more than a bunch of do nothing gas bags. Why wasn´t General Odierno talking his head off on Capitol Hill for the past six months? Shame on him for letting it go on this long without shouting it from the hilltops.
My heart breaks for the military, they are sitting ducks. All the $$$ are going to welfare, obamacare, WH trips, food stamps, Obama phones etc. Bet this general will on leave by tomorrow. Did any of non media report this? Does this mean military recruitment is gone?
Meanwhile, Homeland Security has 80,000 brownshirt goons, billions of rounds of ammo, hundreds of thousands of weapons, 400,000 coffins, Thirty "Emergency" camps with brand new barbed wire areound them, and the will to use all of that resource against the American people who "oppose" them.
Does any of this sound familiar? Go back to Germany, 1927-37---
As everyone knows, California is the la-de-dah, laid-back land of liberalism that´s been Barack Obama´s political ATM for six years. Hollywood stars have loved him, fronted multi-multi-million-dollar fundraisers for him. The most populous state (home to 12 of every 100 Americans) has a Democrat governor again, two female Democrat senators and a Democrat super-majority in the state legislature that has yet to find a problem it didn´t want government making worse at great cost. In presidential politics California has been trending Democratic since 1992. [Snip] Now comes a stunning new poll revealing Obama’s California base has fallen out of love.
Never let a crisis -- or tragedy -- go to waste. So, here we are now with a weakened ObamaNation building an organizing event around the awfulness in Newtown, where a 22-year-old nut-job killed 20 innocent youngsters and six adult caretakers. No horrified parent or adult watching Connecticut a year ago needs reminding of what a national gut-kick that was. President Obama, of course, went to Newtown to utter another empty vow.
So, Barack Hussein Obama can tell where Americans are from just by looking at their faces. Imagine if he also knew their funny foreign names or detected defective English. How would Obama react if someone determined his birthplace by looking at that face of his? And what evil or good dreams lurk within that obviously wily Chicagoan´s mind. You didn´t see much about this Obama statement in the mainstream media last week. With the ObamaCare disaster all cleaned up, its website humming perfectly and the U.S. economy now roaring strongly, Obama lit out for West Coast fundraising.
According to the Obama White House, the first family consumed a Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, honey-baked ham, cornbread stuffing, oyster stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, greens, green bean casserole, dinner rolls and macaroni and cheese. Then, the family washed all that down with nine kinds of pies: huckleberry, pecan, sweet potato, peach, apple, pumpkin, banana cream, coconut cream and chocolate cream. For years now First Lady Michelle Obama has been pushing her program called "Let´s Move!" for more exercise and better foods. But Gallup reports Americans prefer “Let’s Eat!”
Hello, I’m Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. As we celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday, it’s important for us all to reflect on our many blessings. Family and friends immediately come to mind. But there are many Americans who will not be able to celebrate this holiday season at their home. Some are serving our nation overseas, thousands of miles away. And in their world, the creature comforts you and I take for granted -- things like running water and electricity -- are considered luxuries.
President Obama's weekly remarks: Hi, everybody. On behalf of all the Obamas — Michelle, Malia, Sasha, Bo, and the newest member of our family, Sunny — I want to wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. We’ll be spending today just like many of you — sitting down with family and friends to eat some good food, tell stories, watch a little football and. most importantly, count our blessings. And as Americans, we have so much to be thankful for.
The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.
Fallon: Last week, America’s longest-married couple celebrated their 81st wedding anniversary. They were all over the news. When the couple saw themselves on TV, they said, “Good for them.” Letterman: The only good news out of this ObamaCare debacle is it´s nice to know someone knows less about computers than I do. Fallon: Toronto´s troubled mayor Rob Ford now says he´s getting professional help. The professional´s name is “Cinnamon."
Standby for holiday launch! Remember back in eighth grade the kid named Joel who got straight A´s? And everyone pretty much hated him because he was doing what we all silently knew we were supposed to be doing? Well now, in the week that brings us the predictable TV news of massive Thanksgiving travel delays and Black Friday insanity comes official statistical word that the Joel´s of America have already finished all their Christmas shopping. Almost one-in-ten Americans are already all done!
Hi, everybody. Over the past couple months, most of the political headlines you’ve read have probably been about the government shutdown and the launch of the Affordable Care Act. And I know that many of you have rightly never been more frustrated with Washington. But if you look beyond those headlines, there are some good things happening in our economy. And that’s been my top priority since the day I walked into the Oval Office.
One of the dangers of speaking in public for politicians is putting their mouth on cruise control. The media´s questions are generally so predictable. And the pols become so familiar with reciting replies to certain contemporary topics that they´re tempted to turn off the brain and just spout the day´s approved talking points. Unlike many officials this long into elected service, President Obama has stuck with his teleprompter. It ensures he utters the vocabulary words pre-polled by his communications strategists for effectiveness and resonance with voters.
Barack Obama is not the first president to duck a direct rhetorical comparison with Abraham Lincoln on the anniversary of the 16th president´s Gettysburg Address, arguably America´s greatest speech. But Obama is the most surprising. Rather than travel a mere 65 miles to attend the 150th anniversary celebration of the revered speech by the president who ended slavery, the nation´s first African American president hunkered in his White House fortress.
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
Bill Clinton, the cliché goes, was the first black president, no matter his skin color. That being the case, Barack Obama is not the first black president, or the first African-American president, if you prefer, but the first hippie president. Clinton’s southern background and lifestyle were indeed more typically black, just as Obama’s was more typically hippie. And we’re not just talking about the “Choom gang” here, scarfing “Maui Wowie” on the sands of Oahu. We’re talking about all of it, the whole multi-culti-missing-white-mother-vanished-Kenyan-father-anti-imperialist-America-is-always-the-enemy-and-don’t-you-forget-it-nine-yards. And like most hippie culture as I knew and experienced it, it wasn’t about “peace and love.” Not
During a presentation at the White House in which President Barack Obama touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the president declared that his signature health care reform law was not going to be repealed. This assertion led his administration members, his staff, and audience members to rise from their seats and give the president a standing ovation. Obama said that ACA opponents’ alternative to the health care reform law is to champion repeal and going back to the health care delivery system status quo ante. He specifically cited Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who he said was asked directly for
A woman has revealed how difficult it is to eat healthily and stay full when living off an average food stamp budget. Melinda Moulton, from Huntington, Vermont, was one of 200 people to take part in the 3Squares Challenge, which saw her living for a week on just $36 worth of food, or around $1.71 a meal. Opting to try and eat as healthily as possible, Ms Moulton resorted to cheap foods like yogurt for breakfast, two handfuls of peanuts for lunch and lentil stew for dinner, all of which left her unsatisfied.´I don´t know how people do it,´ said
Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways. Here’s the statement from Martin Bashir, via email: After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long
Nineteen people stood behind President Obama on stage in the Executive Office Building Tuesday as the president kicked off a new campaign to promote Obamacare. One of those people, a young Florida woman named Monica Weeks, introduced Obama after telling the story of being struck with Crohn´s Disease at age 19 and receiving expensive treatments for several years that were covered by her parents´ health care plan — because Obamacare allowed her to remain on that plan until age 26. Now, Weeks said, she has coverage through a job. "The Affordable Care Act gives young adults who are just starting
MSNBC has announced that Chris Matthews, Barack Obama´s most excitable fan, will be interviewing the President on Thursday´s Hardball. Fawning over the liberal politician is incredibly common among journalists, but Matthews has taken it to a whole new level. According to the network host, Obama is a "perfect," "cool," brilliant figure who is comparable to Jesus, Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. The verbose Matthews has no filter when it comes to the Democrat, even once bizarrely blurting out that an Obama speech made him "forget" that the commander in chief "was black." To prepare you for the likely love-fest
Continued global warming poses a risk of rapid, drastic changes in some human and natural systems, a scientific panel warned Tuesday, citing the possible collapse of polar sea ice, the potential for a mass extinction of plant and animal life and the threat of immense dead zones in the ocean. At the same time, some worst-case fears about climate change that have entered the popular imagination can be ruled out as unlikely, at least over the next century, the panel found. These include a sudden belch of methane from the ocean or the Arctic that would fry the planet, as
Nobody could accuse the press of ignoring the fiasco-on-a-server that is HealthCare.gov. The Obamacare website’s woes are dominating coverage on the network news, the cable talk shows, the blogs and, of course, high-octane websites like POLITICO. But did the press do a good job of covering the Affordable Care Act before the health care exchanges went online—sort of—on Oct. 1? Were we adequately warned of the troubles that were to come? And now that HealthCare.gov’s problems are headline news, is the coverage of it any better? Sure, one can find a few examples of one news outlet or another warning of impending
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