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Left Crows: US Can’t Afford To Fight 2 Wars

From the UK’s (hard left) Independent:

Obama: the US can no longer fight the world’s battles

President plans to cut half a million troops and says US can’t afford to wage two wars at once

Rupert Cornwell
Friday, 6 January 2012

The mighty American military machine that has for so long secured the country’s status as the world’s only superpower will have to be drastically reduced, Barack Obama warned yesterday as he set out a radical but more modest new set of priorities for the Pentagon over the next decade.

Can’t you hear the glee in this report? This is a dream come true for the leftists in our country and all around the world.

After the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that defined the first decade of the 21st century, Mr Obama’s blueprint for the military’s future acknowledged that America will no longer have the resources to conduct two such major operations simultaneously.

We are currently fighting on war in Afghanistan. Are we supposed to ignore Iran if they close the Straits of Hormuz or launch an attack on Israel or even Iraq?Are we supposed to turn our heads if North Korea decides to invade South Korea?

The terrible truth is that we can’t afford not to be able to fight two wars.

Instead, the US military will lose up to half a million troops and will focus on countering terrorism and meeting the new challenges of an emergent Asia dominated by China. America, the President said, was "turning the page on a decade of war" and now faced "a moment of transition"

You see, Mr. Obama is such a prophet he just knows that we will never need a strong military any time in the upcoming ten years.

Henceforth, Mr Obama underlined, the priorities would be maintaining a robust nuclear deterrent, confronting terrorism and protecting the US homeland, and deterring and defeating any potential adversary. To these ends, the US will also boost its cyberwarfare and missile defence capabilities

Really? "Nuclear deterrent"? We thought Mr. Obama was trying to do away with our nuclear weapons. In fact, this very plan cuts our nuclear submarines from 12 to 8.

And he is promising to boost our missile defense capabilities? After having, for all intents and purposes, stopped our missile defense to placate Vladimir Putin. Not to mention his pledge to give the Russians (and thereby everyone else) our missile defense secrets.

The "Obama Doctrine" reflects three basic realities. First, the long post-9/11 wars are finally drawing to a close

You see, Muslim extremism is no longer a threat. Just look at Egypt and Libya and even Iran.

Second, and as the President stressed in a major speech during his recent visit to Australia, America’s national interest is increasingly bound up with Asia, the world’s economic powerhouse, and where many countries are keen for a greater US commitment as a counterweight to China.

And we will supply this "counterweight" by reducing our military, while China is expanding theirs as fast as they can.

Third, and most important, are the domestic financial facts of life, at a moment when government spending on every front is under pressure. For years the Pentagon has been exempt – but no longer, as efforts multiply to rein in soaring federal budget deficits.

What a laugh. What government spending has been cut? (Hint: none. Ever.)

Meanwhile, the Pentagon is not only being cut by a half trillion here, it is going to get cut by a further $600 billion dollars when the ‘Super Committee’ failure is finally addressed.

The military is the one thing the federal government does well. So naturally it would be the first and only thing Obama and the Democrats ever want to cut.

One major problem is the military is not a way to redistribute wealth to their constituents. It is not even a way for the Democrats to buy votes, since the military realize they are hated by the left.

Of course one solution might be for the Pentagon to unionize. Once they become members of the SEIU they would be sacrosanct and never face another budget cut.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 6th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “Left Crows: US Can’t Afford To Fight 2 Wars”

  1. Astravogel says:

    Reminds me a lot of the British after the Second Planetary War. A
    gradual pull-back of forces, increasing social spending, disarming
    their own citizens, increased immigration by folks of cultures that
    were different from what the Brits had (repeat, had) and don’t pay
    taxes, and so on. History may not repeat, but it sure can rhyme.

    • Petronius says:

      Whenever the Brits were bogged down fighting the Germans or the French, the Irish seized the opportunity to stage an uprising. The Americans did this to the Brits as well.

      So the Brits always ended up fighting on two or three fronts. Until finally they were reduced to a second rate power.

      Funny how those things always seem to happen to countries.

    • GetBackJack says:

      The old phrase History Repeats is wrong. It ain’t history that repeats. It’s human stupidity that does.

    • Petronius says:

      If there is one thing we have learned from history it is that mankind has never learned anything from history.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    This is all the usual D’oh-bama boilerplate. For those of us who caught on years ago, he babbles on about “being strong” and “maintaining the necessary force” while simultaneously diminishing or eliminating same. What’s odd for this little dick-tator is that because he knows the military despises him so, he is keen to eliminate it, but then, in a “watch-this-space” sort of way, will recruit his lackeys (ACORN, etc) people into the new brownshirts to replace and create that oh-so-desired “force as strong and well-armed as the military” that he has wet dreams about. He would have to (again) usurp the Constitution to do so but he clearly wants to reshape the military in his own image rather than adhere to anything the Constitution has to say.

    His only skill, ever, has been his ability to bullshit his way through anything. But even that isn’t so much of a skill as it is a symptom of his derangement. Without the sycophant media to give volume to this pipsqueak’s little dreams of socialist America, he’d have vanished long ago.

    So the problem is manifold actually, with the president creating policy extra-constitutionally, a senate that thinks he’s “just the shizzle in their dizzle” and a congress that wets its pants anytime they get accused of being racist while simultaneously enhancing their investment portfolios. Then the media which trumpets All-Obama-All -The-Time, thus making it seem that the entire nation supports this clown, then the unions, the blacks, the other idiots who never knew how to think their way through an issue and so the conservatives, who have remained fairly constant for the last 100+ years and are sick of it are being made out to be the bad guys who don’t like “anything fun” and are all just “angry haters”.

    Honestly, it’s pretty hard to fight back against that but there is an easier way. By going on the offensive. The media and the left seem to have the advantage but it is an illusion because the right happily cooperates by going on the defensive. Forget that. Go on the offensive any and every time the opportunity presents itself. Seems that Newt is the only viable prototype for now but Paul Ryan and Jim Demint have done some shaking up. It’s clear that when they do, the left poops its pants and turns tail and runs. They have never been able to defend, in the media or otherwise, the clear, documented FAILURES of the left. Their ad-hominem attacks come out and the overly-emotional seem to think that that’s legitimate “debate” when in reality, the left has no ability to counter the truth.

    What’s been amazing is the lack of fortitude on the part of the republicans to take it to the left. Thus, I have to conclude that they really have no desire to preserve the Constitutional republic, as designed. It would seem more likely that they are happy to go to DC, get “their share” of life in the limelight…which actually is “life in the big chair” without making any waves.

    Another easy thing to do would seem to be to focus on one miscreant member of the democrats at a time and just take them apart. Every opportunity on-camera to flame one of the members of the national socialist party like Pelosi, Reid, Sharpton, whoever and just keep at it, like the left likes to do with the right.

    In any case, the military will be decimated, as by design, a la Carter style but the difference will be that in its place will be people who will take an oath that demands they are loyal to Obama. And then the wheels will fall off because I’ll be stocking up on guns, my friends. I own none now….but I’m watching closely. I will dedicate half my paycheck to it should the need arise.

    You see….when the military is gutted…..the weapons and materiel will not be destroyed…..the Obama government will give it to the “New Dickhead Army” and find some messed up pseudo-legal way to do it. And they will then use it against targets of political opportunity. This will not happen if he’s not re-elected but they are scheming and calculating how to get it done quickly.

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    Democrats start wars. Republicans finish them. We’ll all be eating his words in the near future. Course by then that may all that’s on the table anyway.

  4. Astravogel says:

    Recommended arms purchases. Romanian WASR
    AK-47 semi-auto (about $550) and cheap Russian
    ammo from Sportsmans Guide (FMJ for defense, soft-point
    for deer and hogs (about the same ballistics as .30-30) for
    about $120 for 500 rounds)) and a bolt-action .22 with
    sub-sonic rounds (bricks of 500 available) for rabbit and such.
    Recommended food reserves; check with the Mormons.

  5. Petronius says:

    Do you think that someday we might be able to defend the Rio Grande?

  6. proreason says:

    We could win eleven wars a month if it wasn’t for the leftists feminizing the country…and still reduce military spending. Total casualties would be below the last two conflicts.

    I say 11 because that’s how many carriers we have.

  7. wirenut says:

    Why stop with just the military? Major cuts in Secret Service details should be on the table too!
    Let the boy-king provide for his own safety. Think of the savings, right back atch’a Mr. Thrifty.

  8. GetBackJack says:

    Two wars?

    Hell we haven’t won the War on Poverty yet, nor the War on Drugs, nor the War on Illiteracy nor the War on ….

    …. I say we quit spending every dime that can be borrowed on fake wars and whoop some arse with real wars and farking finish one or two of them like we used to

    • proreason says:


      After 48 years, when will da boyz finally come home from the War on Poverty? The casualties long-ago surpassed the body count from the two world wars, and thats just counting the ones who bought drugs with their food stamps. When will the battle cruisers in every state capital finally be retired? When can we finally begin to pay the debt off instead of building it up? When can the mercenary army of pompadoured organizers finally be allowed to return to their real jobs as pimps?.

  9. JohnMG says:

    Let this bloviating gas-bag prattle on. He may propose all he wants but his people in the senate have yet to deliver a budget in well over a thousand days, and funding and/or de-funding isn’t up to him. And I think he’s getting a late start on this scheme.

    As for the military leaning more to the other side of the aisle…..does he really believe they will magically all vote for him once they are no longer in uniform? At least their ballots will be counted once they are home to cast them, rather than being ignored alltogether.

    Obama=disgusting mass of whale vomit. Putz!

  10. Anonymoose says:

    Let’s see, the magic surplus that Clinton had, which was actually from funny accounting, was squandered by Bush on the horrible/illegal/unnecessary wars. And those wars drove us bankrupt, we shouldn’t be the world’s policeman, unless it’s someplace the leftists have taken as cause, like Darfur. Then it’s the Catch-22, if we intervene we’re political colonial exploiters, if we don’t we’re not doing anything it’s because they don’t have oil.

    Cue the past–anyone remember the Rwanda genocides? Why aren’t protestors still complaining about Clinton just sitting on the sidelines? But we’ll still hear about the travesties of Iraq for decades.

    And completely off their radar is Clinton undoing the Depression Era legislation which started the whole credit default swap fiasco, or Barney Frank and the other Dems with their houses for everyone even if you can’t afford it–that’s what caused this mess.

    I wonder sometimes if/when Barry will try to make civil corps he let slip out during his campaign, but I think it won’t happen as the Gimmes are too lazy. Meanwhile we’re fast sliding into the leftist dystopia that is modern Britain. A declining country where wrong is right and the government watches for any politically incorrect misstep, lets the jobs go away, and gives handouts until the treasury is empty.

  11. canary says:

    Obama’s SOD announced more U.S. troops will fight in Africa than were stationed in Iraq. Sending a hundred of our most elite trained U.S. Military Soldiers found the Tribal African Spearmen clan were unteachable to modern warfare, and so we couldn’t give them weapons and I guess the idea of
    providing them millions of Spears weapons would kill trees.

    Dec 13, 2011

    a few tidbits from BBC. All Obama knew when he took presidency was Northern African women were starting to wears veils as the women in Indonesia coming under the fire conservative communist muslims, because Obama and his mother supported those extremist muslim communists and starting wearing a veil herself.

    The ancient history events BBC is interesting to read, but very lacking in the killing of Marines masterminded by an African muslim who Obama released back to Africa as they went along with the he was a minor at the time. Yes, our U.S. Soldiers will now fight face to face against very young little African boys whose only requirement to serve the terrorists is to cut off ears and be able hold a gun
    and pull the trigger.

    Obama be friends Iran and Afghanistan for the U.S. treasure find of a global mother load of precious minerals in Afghanistan. Does Obama now think diamonds could coincide with gold to back up his debt.

    from a lacking history time line…

    BBC: Dec 20, 2012 A decades chronology of key events

    “June 25, 1996 – A bomb aboard a fuel truck explodes outside a U.S. air force installation in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. 19 U.S. military personnel are killed in the Khubar Towers housing facility, and 515 are wounded, including 240 Americans.”

    Dec 20, 2011

    Suicide bomber killed 241 American troops 25 years ago in barracks
    October 23, 2008

    In the green expanse of Arlington National Cemetery’s Section 59, a Lebanese cedar tree grows near the final resting place of some of the first Americans to shed blood in the fight against Middle East terrorism.

    Former Navy journalist Joe Ciokon of Poway was sleeping next door to the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, that were hit by a suicide bomber 25 years ago today. After scrambling to locate survivors, he was ordered to take up his camera and record the scene.

    Twenty-five years ago today, a suicide bomber steered a truck loaded with the equivalent of six tons of TNT down the airport road in Beirut, Lebanon. He plowed into the four-story barracks where more than 300 U.S. troops from a U.N. peacekeeping mission slept and detonated what the FBI called the largest non-nuclear bomb in history.

    The explosion and fireball pulverized the concrete fortress, killing 241 U.S. service members, most of them Marines. A second blast minutes later at the compound of the French peacekeeping force killed 58 more Western troops. Three months later, President Ronald Reagan pulled the Americans out of Beirut.


    Now I thought I read the African Somali mastermind of the above had a quick trial and released last year because he could have possibly passed as a minor at the time was released. Maybe he cut a deal.

    And let’s hope the little boys and girls in Africa who kill their own moms and grandma’s won’t benefit from any U.S. Civil Court hearings. Most would fall under the ‘muslim men made child disasters’.

    Obama’s dream of being the next King of Saudi Arabia or Iran is squashed. Indonesia his home country hates him. Where else to be King is left, but Africa. I would think his pal former Egypt Gaddafi’s death and new leadership would be enough proof Africa will reject him, but this is Obama’s last ditch effort or he will have to join the Clintons in Haitii. Or, get asian plastic surgery and join his half-brother in China.

  12. P. Aaron says:

    We can’t afford SS and Obamacare either.

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