Skip to comments.Strategic Capitulation (Oliver North)
Posted on 01/05/2012 7:25:31 PM PST by jazusamo
WASHINGTON The U.S. military had better get ready to do a whole lot more with a whole lot less. That's the bottom line of the so-called "new strategic guidance" issued this week by President Barack Obama during a brief visit to the Pentagon. Flanked by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Obama proudly proclaimed to allies and adversaries alike that the United States is heading toward a much less expensive, far smaller and ultimately less capable military than we've had since before World War II.
Titled "Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense," the 16-page document is the result of a "fundamental review" ordered by the White House in April. It purports to provide a strategic framework for addressing present and future threats to the United States and the means of protecting the nation from them now that the "tide of war" in Iraq and Afghanistan is receding. It doesn't live up to the hype.
In a letter accompanying the review, the president claims it was "shaped by America's enduring national security interests." At the Pentagon briefing Jan. 5, he insisted, "The size and the structure of our military and defense budgets have to be driven by a strategy, not the other way around." He also issued a stunning rebuke to his predecessors: "We have to remember the lessons of history. We can't afford to repeat the mistakes that have been made in the past after World War II, after Vietnam when our military was left ill-prepared for the future."
We can count on seeing video of those words repeated ad nauseam in "re-elect" campaign commercials this summer. But his own "priorities" document makes clear that Obama plans to double down on the "mistakes of the past." He claims that it is now a "national security imperative" to reduce our federal deficit "through a lower level of defense spending." That's a strategy driven by dollars not by the threats and risks we face.
For more than 70 years, the size, structure and capabilities of our military have been driven by retaining the capacity to fight a two-front war. That's how we won World War II, deterred Soviet aggression during the Cold War and eventually brought down the "Evil Empire." This archaic "peace through strength" strategy is not part of the new "Obama Doctrine."
According to POTUS and Secretary Panetta, the "Joint Force for the future" will be "smaller and leaner, but will be agile, flexible, ready and technologically advanced." They also claim that our austere military "will be prepared to confront and defeat aggression anywhere in the world." All this embraces the idea that we can fight our enemies at the times and places of our own choosing.
Such a strategy assumes that risks posed by a nuclear-armed Iran in the Persian Gulf, the possibility of Pyongyang's launching another surprise attack across the Korean demilitarized zone, Beijing's military and economic adventurism in the Pacific and a resurgence of radical Islam in the Middle East are sequential events not simultaneous. In his haste to claim credit for ending what he calls "a decade of war," Obama apparently has forgotten that we did not choose the times and places of the terror attacks on 9/11.
The O-Team's planning guidance states that we must "rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region." Yet it also contends that we can reduce our defense budget by more than $1.1 trillion over the next decade; delay acquisition and fielding of advanced weapons systems, such as ballistic missile defense and the F-35 joint strike fighter; draw down U.S. force levels in Europe and the Middle East; dramatically reduce the size of the active-duty U.S. Army and Marine Corps; increase reliance on National Guard and Reserve forces; and reduce pay and benefits for an "all-volunteer military." How these competing objectives can be achieved is beyond comprehension to anyone familiar with our military.
Rep. Buck McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said in a statement that the new Obama Doctrine is a "lead from behind strategy for a left-behind America." His critique went downhill from there: "This strategy ensures American decline in exchange for more failed domestic programs. In order to justify massive cuts to our military, he has revoked the guarantee that America will support our allies, defend our interests, and defy our opponents."
All true. But McKeon's most telling rebuke was also a warning to the Obama administration: "The world has always had, and will always have a leader. As America steps back, someone else will step forward."
Great graphic, it pretty much says it all.
I couldn’t agree more. Right after he was elected I had reservations that Obama was against our country. No more, I fully believe that!
Ollie is spot on, as usual. I called Boehner’s office today to register my outrage. Their response was that the courts would declare this unconstitutional (ho-hum). I insisted that they take my info and register my displeasure with that response. We can’t take 4 more years.
Obama, the second coming of....Jimmy Carter
Thanks for the post jaz. I certainly hope enough Americans learned the lesson about inspiring Leftist lies, and will be voting to rid us of these Leftist crackpots in November.
Obama, the second coming of....Jimmy Carter
Nonsense. Jimmy Carter isn’t EVIL.
“selling our future out, and consigning us to the dustbin of history”
All part of his plan to “fundamentally transform America”. First bankrupt us with spending and social programs we can’t afford.
Then — Oh looky! Guess we have to gut our armed forces. Can’t afford it anymore. Dang.
He is ensuring the votes of the Paulites, I think. Would not surprise me if Paul gave his acclamation to this move.
There is an interesting paradox in these cutbacks.
Europeans have long complained about “cowboy” America, that intervenes forcefully when a situation is starting to spiral out of control.
From the European point of view, it is much better to hold endless committee meetings, and try to bore aggressors and tyrants into capitulation, which not surprisingly, almost never happens.
Yet Europeans forget the long term consequences of their actions as well. By not intervening, for example, what will be their *only* means of response, if say, Europe is attacked with a nuclear missile?
Simple, to respond with their own nuclear missiles in a medium sized nuclear war.
So you have to ask yourself, what is better, to be a “cowboy”, or to procrastinate until it’s too late, then overreact?
Obama and many Democrats literally adore the Europeans’ rather silly philosophies and way of doing business, that they like, but never produces results like the way America does business. Yet Obama and many Democrats so *hate* how America does things that they tell themselves the European way *must* be better.
So with these massive cutbacks, they are forcing America to have a defense policy similar to Europe. That is, we will no longer be able to intervene early, and when we do intervene, it will have to be with far harsher, and less discriminating weapons. There will be *more* civilian casualties and more “collateral damage”.
Far less “hearts and minds”, and far more “kill them all and let their heathen gods sort them out.”
But that’s the European way, so it must be better, right?
He out-Cartered Carter a long time ago.
so 1.1 trillion over ten years is 110 billion per year less after the yearly increases which means there will be no real decrease. Just odumbi trying to raise more cash from the left. Cut a buck here add a buck there. I wouldn’t mind some conventional arms reducing if we first could just nuke Iran.
Playing the proportional conventional response game and the surgical strike game has shown no positive results in decades. Islam is getting stronger.
Sooner or later they will nuke US.
Take that pic off
Its got the Anchor and Globe on the uniform.
Liberals always accuse other people of doing what they're about to.
Are we to believe that Obama will fight if the Chicoms move on the Spratlys in the S China Sea? Right. The Viets might fight, but Obama won't. Will we defend Formosa?Right. What we have now is the reprise of 1950. A vastly understrength navy and military, relying on technology not manpower and power projection. Then it was the A Bomb, now it's drones. The result then was Korea. 50K American dead and untold numbers of Koreans. My uncle spent 21 months in Manchuria as a guest of the ChiComs. Korea is something that should be mentioned often now.
Speaking of the European way, there might be a surprise from Europe. The NATO treaty doesn't say that the United States is obliged to come to the aid of any other NATO power in the case of an attack - not quite. It says the every NATO signatory country is obliged (or at least heavily encouraged) to come to the aid of any country that's attacked. "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us."
If the U.S. government guts the U.S. military, that means the other NATO members will have to pick up some slack. So will Canada, of course, but there likely won't be a problem with that. The point I'm making is, so will the NATO members in Europe.
They're going through some budgetary snarls of their own....
Wonder when the unemployment numbers will go up.
Countdown until Zer0 leaves Office: 380 days as of January 6, 2012.
a niggling little nag at the back of my fuzzy brain keeps goading me into believing this is a cover for any loss caused by repeal of DADT. i.e. if the corrupt CINC changes policy a strategic retreat from the two war policy of the past now—and insists on cutting our forces so finite funding can be redistributed to more entertaining exploits such as advancing the homosexual agenda—or implementing Shariah Law in America
if the Repeal of DADT were to cause any drop in recruiting /retention it would be harder to detect if the forces are ordered cut now.
For some years now, I have been predicting that Europe would return to what worked for them for about a thousand years, hiring mercenary companies instead of having expensive permanent armies.
Today, of course, these would be far more corporate organizations, likely blended with the lessons learned from the French Foreign Legion, as well as working under some sort of recognized international rules.