Obama, effort not to repeat failures on military reductions – Fails

By SUA Staff

Last week, Barack Obama delivered a confirmed message from the Pentagon Situation Room speaking to the deep reduction of the Defense Department operating budget over the next ten years. Obama said the Department of Defense would seek smart and strategic spending priorities from this point forward. This comes from the default trigger as the Super Committee failed to come to terms with reduced government spending.

The defense cuts are much larger than the White House and Leon Panetta in fact are revealing. The new military strategy includes $487 billion in cuts over the next decade. An additional $500 billion in cuts could be coming if Congress follows through on plans for deeper reductions. The United States military is aging rapidly and needs funding to keep pace with future technology threats such as Russia, China, and Iran.

Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta supported Obama’s decision to reduce spending which includes drastic reductions in ground troops and an increase in the number of special forces working in cooperation with a militarized CIA force. At first appearance, this possibly reveals that future wars will be fought with nastier weapons, in the cyber world, and in space with satellites being at the core of technology.

The Iranian nuclear threat, partnered with Syria, Russia, and Venezuela, all demonstrated by the IAEA report published late last year is the top priority because it directly threatens our interests, in a way that would be the most likely to need US military intervention. What gets very little attention however, is the fact that a large amount of nuclear material/inventory is owned by countries that have not taken thorough precautions and applied all measures possible to keep them safe from would be terrorists.

There are additional challenges that must be included in the war-gaming dialogue and may be included, but with the exit of troops in Iraq and the drawdown of those in Afghanistan prior to the schedule of 2014, reliance on spies and black operations becomes more important. As the Middle East continues to grow as a threat with deeper partnerships and alliances, ‘trade craft’ and subterfuge are the preferred tools of choice. Opposition to the West by many factions in the Middle East has spread to Latin America as we watch once again, Ahmadinejad completing yet another South America friendship tour. Please review the country by country nuclear index.

Please take a look at this map of worldwide conflicts and who is involved.

The Obama re-election campaign is in full swing and gutting our military as Commander in Chief is reckless pandering to his liberal base, despite re-focusing the message. Obviously, war is expensive on many fronts especially with the risk to warriors being so steep, but not applying all the tools within the Rules of Engagement and making large use of political correctness was reckless, for the sake of the Muslim world and its radical Islamization and Caliphate objectives. This has forced the United States to be at war much longer than our own abilities dictated, wars that should have ended long ago.

But this is a political season, and re-designing the military due to forced economic woes instead of heady, unpressed re-design efforts designed to secure our future, we get deep, dangerous cuts with political spin. This is a recipe for disaster, yet Obama tried to couch it in terms that pre-empt comparisons to past failures of past administrations and his own mis-handling of our current economic crises.

From the Denver Post article: President Obama recruits military to outflank congressional Republicans on defense budget

For a president denounced by Republican rivals as a weak and irresponsible commander in chief, the show of military support represented a political windfall for Obama as he begins campaigning in earnest for a second term.

But it also marked an evolution in Obama’s practice of Washington politics, evidence that after being outmaneuvered by congressional Republicans several times, he does not intend to make the same mistakes in an election year.

Hence, they set up a wonderful photo-op for a speech, and make no mistake, it was a forced photo-op, after-all, as Commander-in-Chief, those soldiers and their brass are mandated to be there, and Leon Panetta is a political appointment he made only recently. From the Star Tribune:

Here we go again. President Obama made the same mistake Thursday in announcing his new military strategy that virtually all of his predecessors have made since the end of World War II.

He said: “Moreover, we have to remember the lessons of history. We cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of the past — after World War II, after Vietnam — when our military was left ill-prepared for the future. As commander in chief, I will not let that happen again. Not on my watch.”

Unfortunately, Obama’s plan does exactly that. It forgets the lessons of history.

So, we have a gutted military infrastructure facing our nation, a failed cyber war, and too many lost or foresaken diplomatic victories. That is not leadership. It is clearly political ideology, disguised and veiled under false pretenses to foster “fundamental change’!

The 'sum of all his actions' – radically change, including the DoD

Editor’s Note – The following article was penned and posted by Hugh Hewitt on his web site and is indicative of how SUA sees the diabolical way the Obama administration, piece by piece, is fundamentally transforming America as he stated he would in November of 2008. Unfortunately, adding up all the pieces, many very small, some huge, all contribute to a change Americans did not bargain for when voting in the 2008 Presidential Election. Now, he deftly plays his cards for more change, and for your vote in 2012.

We are poorer than ever, the individual net worth of the many Americans is below zero, the jobs market is still abysmal, housing has not stopped crashing, and now, our military is being gutted. As Hewitt writes, its about not addressing the 900 pound gorilla in the room, entitlements. Why, because that is Obama’s power base, and a megalomaniac craves power, and to gain more, he needs to reduce the power of others, unfortunately, that means we continue to be less secure every day.

Approximately 270 Marines and sailors with Regimental Combat Team 1 returned home to Camp Pendleton in September following a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan. It was announced Thursday that defense cuts could result in 27,000 fewer troops in the Marine Corps.

The North County Times, the newspaper serving Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, California shows one of those massive reductions, a drop of over 27,000 individual Marines from the standing 202,000. This will seriously reduce the capability of the USA to handle multiple situations in this asymmetrical world of dangers.

We watch the administration usurp and grab power, meanwhile the sucking sound of power transferring means every thing else in America suffers. We have heard the phrase ‘sum of all fears’, in Obama’s case, its the ‘sum of all his actions’ that should be feared.

Can you itemize anything America has gained since January of 2009?

The Radical President’s Radical Plans for the Pentagon

By Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt.com

President Obama’s plan to slash the size of the American military by at least 10% is dangerous and covered in a deceitful “strategic reassessment,” which is a crude attempt to deflect attention from the bottom line of a much shrunken American military.

There is a fiscal crisis, but it isn’t because of defense spending but because of entitlements which the president will not discuss in detail much less reform. Dramatic cuts in the number of soldiers, sailors and Marines are a substitute for the hard work of shrinking the payout state and cutting off the president’s favored constituents.

Search the reporting on the radical downsizing announced yesterday for hard numbers. You won’t find them. The president is trying –thus far successfully with the assistance of the MSM– to downsize the American military under the cover of the GOP primaries. The failure of the Supercommittee and the train wreck of the debt ceiling showdown this past summer has left the House GOP divided and its freshman caucus demoralized and apparently defeated. But the House GOP simply has to rally to save the Pentagon from the president’s wildly irresponsible plans.

I interviewed House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon yesterday (transcript here) and a member of his committee, Virginia’s Rob Wittman who also serves as chair of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee of Armed Services (transcript here.) Please read their assessments and call your representatives and senators to demand these cuts be stopped and the military preserved at its present strength. A Harry Reid-led Senate so dysfunctional that cannot even pass a budget in three years ought not to be in charge of the nation’s defenses and ought not to be allowed to cooperate in the gutting of the American military.

“Fund the Marine Corps not NPR” should be the theme of a growing pro-defense movement. The Ron Paul-led isolationist slice of the country has seen it voice amplified by the GOP debates, but the Iowa caucus showed again that it is a tiny, tiny part of the GOP and should be pushed aside by the traditional demand of Republicans for a strong and vibrant military defined by a 300 plus-ship Navy and the modern era doctrine of the ability to successfully fight two wars at the same time.

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have got to avoid being drawn into the sorts of fights the MSM loves –like Rick Santorum’s dust-up on same sex marriage with college students yesterdayy– and instead must insist that the campaign focus on the president’s radical fiscal irresponsibility at home and appeasement abroad, now backed by a plan to hollow out the American military.

Mark Steyn and I talked about the president’s plans for the Pentagon yesterday. Here’s that exchange:

HH: Today, the President announced that the condition, the first condition that allows for that upward mobility in American prosperity, the American military, which defends sea lanes and allows prosperity, they are tandem. I know you’ve argued you lose your military when you lose your economy. But he’s not waiting to lose the economy, Mark Steyn. He’s going to cut tens of thousands of active duty uniformed personnel, billions more from an already skinnied-down Defense budget. It’s, I have talked today with Congressman Buck McKeon of California, who’s chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Congressman Rob Wittman, sub-committee chairman of the Armed Services Committee. It’s an outrageous assault on the American Defense posture.

MS: That’s true, but as you indicated at the beginning, in a certain sense, it’s inevitable. You can have big government at home, or you can have an assertive national defense that can project force to any corner of the planet abroad. But you can’t have both. I mean, if you look at the United Kingdom between the 1950s and the 1990s, in a sense, social spending and Defense spending sort of more or less inverted. This is, by the way, where I disagree with Ron Paul. When Ron Paul romanticizes the 19th Century isolationist republic of the founders’ vision, he forgets that there was a global order at make on the planet then. It was called the Royal Navy. And America benefited from the fact that the Royal Navy patrolled the oceans.

HH: Yup.

MS: It was, there is no one to succeed to America’s role as America succeeded to Britain’s role. And it simply, and what I think is dangerous about this is that both on the left and the right, there are people who think that the books can be balanced on the backs of the military. And in fact, if you abolish the entire Pentagon, it doesn’t actually, it’s barely the size of the most recent debt ceiling increase requested by Obama. So it’s not going to do it. You can actually get rid of the whole Pentagon, sell off every aircraft carrier, sell the nukes to North Korea and Iran, and Sudan, and anyone else who wants them, and it still won’t solve the fiscal crisis, the fiscal abyss into which America has lower itself into.

HH: Because that is a Medicare and Social Security and Medicaid-driven abyss. That’s all…

MS: That’s right. And in fact, I mean, where I agree with, I mean, for example, by about mid-decade, U.S. taxpayers, just in the interest on the debt, are going to be covering the entire cost of the Chinese military. No nation can afford to pay both for its own military and its principal rivals. And that’s why although I think that there are certainly savings to be made in the military budget, and I certainly think an awful lot of money is wasted in the military budget, the idea of using the military as an excuse not to go after the big social spending, I think, is wicked, and delusional, both from the left and the right.

“Wicked” and “delusional” are exactly the sort of terms that the GOP’s would-be nominees need to use about a plan that slashes the military even as Iran threatens to attack our aircraft carriers the next time one enters the Gulf and which is thrusting ahead with its plans for nukes and just as the PRC surges out its new naval forces.

This is so wildly irresponsible that the president chose to announce it while Congress was out-of-town and the steady hands that have long defended defending America like Buck McKeon and Jon Kyl were out of town.

But the MSM simply laid down and most refused to go and find them to comment, which was perfectly possible as shown by my interviews with McKeon and Wittman. The reporters at the Pentagon didn’t even go out and ask what it would mean to, say, the Marines to lose 10 to 15% of their troops, taking the Army from 570,000 to 520,000 and possibly as low as 490,000 and the Marines from 200,000 to at or below 180,000. To say, as the Washington Post did, that “new military strategy, contained in an eight-page document, will guide wrenching decisions on defense cutbacks,” isn’t reporting. “Details will be made public in the next few weeks as the White House finalizes its proposed federal budget for the next fiscal year,” is cooperation with the Administration in cloaking the huge national security cut-backs. (The Post to its credit at least managed to find McKeon for a quick quote and the Wall Street Journal managed to allot one quick aside to John McCain before quoting a retired general who supported the president’s plans and a left wing think-tanker who wants even more radical cuts.)

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are both strong supporters of a robust American military and of increased defense spending. Romney’s speech on foreign and defense policy delivered at The Citadel in October laid out his vision and he needs to return to it in the debates on Saturday and Sunday, and throughout the campaign. If Santorum’s momentum continues, he too will have to lay out the specifics of his defense plans, but he has a very reassuring record as a national security realist.

Both men have to show the way on the issue to a confused and disorganized D.C. GOP, and face down the isolationists as well as the deficit hawks who don’t care or who don’t understand what is coming at America and its allies from Iran in the near term and the PRC in the medium term.

Whatever the questions are from the ABC and NBC hosts this weekend, the candidates have to make sure that debate over America’s military and thus its “common defense” gets the attention it must have.

(SUA has not changed or altered any portion of the article above for accuracy of message)