Skip to comments.Inhofe: ‘Military Has No Money Left’ for Syria
Posted on 08/30/2013 7:24:34 AM PDT by SkyPilot
The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee announced Wednesday he opposed military intervention in Syria unless he finds more money for the Defense budget and details a broader strategy.
Today I told the Administration that I cannot support military action in Syria unless the President presents to Congress his broader strategy in the region that addresses our national security interests and the budget to support it. President Obama has decimated our military beginning with his first budget four and a half years ago. He has underfunded overseas contingency operations (OCO) fund, reduced base defense budget, and put into motion sequestration. Our military has no money left, Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., said in a statement.
Will the President pay for this operation with more furloughs and by grounding squadrons again? By continuing to raid the already underfunded base defense budget, Administration Obama further undermines future military readiness and capabilities, Inhofe said. Of course, the sequester Defense cuts were passed by Congress as part of the 2011 budget law that was enacted on a bipartisan basis.
Finding more money for defense to pay for Syria would be complicated by the fact that Congress will be grappling with the ongoing fight over the sequester and a stalemate on next years budget when it returns from the August break. Inhofe has other concerns as well. The United States should also not consider a strategy without thoroughly consulting and heeding the advice of our partners in the region, which include Israel, Jordan and Turkey, Inhofe said. It is vital we avoid shortsighted military action that would have little impact on the long-term trajectory of the conflict. We cant simply launch a few missiles and hope for the best.
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Every American that voted for this should be ashamed of themselves.
If we go to war, there will be aircrews lost, and military lives lost. The Pentagon cannot even make payroll for it's doctors and nurses.
That’s okay, Obama has no plans to replace the 200 $1 million cruise missiles he plans to lob at Syria.
The military is not BO’s mercenaries. So, no, there’s no money for Syria in the Pentagon.
bh0 continues on his mission of destroying the US military as a viable force to defend this nation.
While hundreds of thousands of veterans wait for their justly deserved benefits to be processed by the feckless Dept. of Veterans Affairs. This is a disgrace to the nation and a gross dereliction of duty.
Its obvious to me at least that he'd rather have a strong domestic army than an internationally focused one.
With no thanks to GWB of course.
The slight dip in Medicare spending is due to Obamacare and the eventual elimination of the Medicare advantage program.
No protection of the Homeland.
No equality of Law.
Heck, no more law at all.
Treason, whoring, drunkeness,
violations of their Oaths,
abuse of power and law are THE trademarks
of this US Congress.
I love Heritage, but why is the graph titled ‘Obama BUDGET...’. The way I understand it (and I could certainly be wrong), but congress has not adopted any of his budgets.
Read Obama Gets His War On by Daniel Greenfield.
Here's what I got out of it.
... the media ... no longer ... report on the antics of a former community organizer
who was busy sketching out plans for an illegal war
SHAMELESSNESS is the quality that Barack Obama's antics ... and Miley Cyrus' antics ... have in common.
Not merely a shamelessness ... but shamelessness as their fundamental attribute.
A shamelessness ... of not being bound by anything at all.
... Obama was once anti-war.
In 2007, he told voters that the president does not have the authority under the Constitution to unilaterally go to war unless
there is an urgent threat to the United States. Now he's planning a SECOND war in which the ONLY urgent threat
is to the military prospects of HIS ISLAMIST ALLIES FOR TAKING OVER ANOTHER COUNTRY.
Obama's shamelessness isn't incidental to his actions;
it's their whole point.... he is celebrating HIS LIBERATION FROM ANY STANDARD OR VALUE, triumphing over them THROUGH ATTITUDE ALONE.
And in a world WITHOUT MORALS OR VALUES, the only thing that counts is POWER AND THE WILL to use it.
... the tawdry spectacles expose the elemental thing that is left behind WHEN ALL VIRTUES AND VALUES FADE AWAY.
Without these things, the human animal becomes just that,
A REPUGNANT AND IRREDEEMABLE spectacle
that attracts the like-minded and REPELS EVERYONE ELSE.
Without these virtues, why shouldn't Obama BREAK HIS WORD and get his war on?
... it's only a dilemma IF you have morals.
If you don't, then
it's NO LONGER A MATTER of
what the right thing to do is,
BUT WHETHER YOU CAN DO IT.
Or as Aleister Crowley put it,...
"DO WHAT THOU WILT shall be THE WHOLE of the Law".
That is the cheerful maxim ... for the drama of reality television.
Its real entertainment product is PEOPLE DOING WHAT THEY WILT and becoming famous for it.
... everything that MTV stands for;
tacky, desperate for attention and in the real world, pregnant at 16. ... cheerful amorality,
maintained by invisibly huge amounts of money,
that tells viewers that THAT THEIR OWN AMORSLITY WILL ...NOT HAVE CONSEQUENCES.
Bill Clinton was our first MTV president.
Barack Obama is our second.
The decline in MTV neatly matches the descent from Clinton to Obama,
but what unites them is THAT CHEERFUL AMORALITY that can TRIUMPH OVER ANY CRIME.These are men whose CREED IS "Do what thou wilt"
and like so much of our political and entertainment elites,
they have been doing it.They have been GETTING THEIR WILT ON.
Obama has decided to get his war on. Again.
Though REALLY, France and then the UK DECIDED THAT AMERICA SHOULD get its war on.
And to be STRICKLY ACCURATE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar DECIDED AGAIN that their FINANCIAL PUPPETS in the UK and France,
licking their lips at a taste of their oil-fed sovereign wealth funds,SHOULD get their war on
even while CUTTING their militaries to be the bone.
Formerly ANTI-WAR France is on its THIRD war in three years.
This will be the SECOND war for its newly elected Socialist government in JUST THIS year.
That's impressive for a bunch of cheese-eating surrender monkeys
who were supposed to be our role modelsBut France has always been renowned for its cheerfully AMORAL politics.
in navigating the subtlety of international diplomacy.
Role models don't hold up too well under fire.
Just ask ... any of the anti-war activists who thought that Obama would be different.
THE MAN WHOSE ONLY CALLING CARD WAS THE PEACE SIGN, is about to launch his SECOND war.
And if bombing Syria goes well, THERE'S ALWAYS EGYPT.And if the TUNISIAN PROTESTERS follow their lead and DARE TO BOOT their Islamist masters,
THEY might get a few cruise missiles headed their way in Operation Caliphate.
Obama's premature gift of a Nobel Peace Prize has become one of the MORE ABSURD footnotes in his career.
... he seems to be doing his best to leave behind his old anti-war reputation.
Now he can hardly wait for the UN inspectors to finish their job in Syria
before squatting at a table and nodding CLUELESSLY
WHILE BEING TOLD WHERE the bombs will fall first.
If hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue, as La Rochefoucauld said,
our elites have decided to dispense with the tribute.Not only will there be NO MORE VIRTUE,
but the dealers in vice will NOT EVEN BOTHER WITH THE HYPOCRISY.If the balance of our society has been TILTED FORCIBLY from virtue to vice, as most recent developments suggest,
then the ... hope and changers no longer feel that they need to bother EVEN MAINTAINING THE APPEARANCE OF VIRTUE.
Last time around, Obama had already begun the Libyan War BEFORE he told the American people.
This time, the Syrian War could begin at any time,
but will possibly be PRECEDED by the release of a report.
Or maybe the report will come out later,
as the man WHO SHOULD BE president IS ACTING LIKE AN EMPEROR,
and the emperor is naked ....
Alinsky's fourth rule is MAKING THE ENEMY LIVE UP TO HIS OWN CODES.
BUT WHAT IF THE ENEMY HAS NO RULES, ONLY WILL. That is the unreal space occupied by a former community organizer from Chicago ...
WHAT IF THE ENEMY HAS NO VALUES AND EXIST ONLY TO BE SEEN.
Where there are NO VALUES, there can be NO HYPOCRISY.All that is left is THE TRIUMPH OF THE WILL.
The VMAs are a calculated spectacle in the same way that Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will was
and in the same way that the latest Obama speechIt is A FASCISM OF THE SPIRIT that glorifies THE DISSOLUTION OF THE INDIVIDUAL in A SECULAR RELIGION of power and privilege.
pledging to act unilaterally on his latest plan if Congress does nothing.
Their theme is the triumph of THE WILL OVER MORALS,
the power of the individual TO DOMINATE CROWDS through no special virtue EXCEPT DETERMINATION.
Miley Cyrus did what she did BECAUSE SHE COULD.
The goal was the most priceless commodity of modern culture; ATTENTION.Obama's triumph is BEING NOTICED.
In a crowded digital world, the only thing that matters is BEING SEEN.
It is THE SECRET of his success.In a crowded digital world, THE TRIUMPH OF THE WILL is not physical or intellectual, let alone spiritual,
but that quality of COMPELLING OTHERS to become aware of YOUR existence
and TO INCORPORATE YOUR existence INTO THEIR reality.
... Obama will go to war BECAUSE HE CAN.
It isn't even his idea and it isn't a good idea, but THAT DOESN'T MATTER.... If you're an anti-war liberal who makes it into the White House,
you have to SHOW EVERYONE that you've grown up by getting out there and GETTING YOUR WAR ON.
It's what the audience expects.
For months now, the Washington Post and the New York Times have been URGING Obama to go to war.
France and the UK have been BEATING WAR DRUMS even longer.
Qatar and Turkey have been CRYING FOR WAR BEFORE the last one wrapped up.
Eventually the NAKED emperor HAD TO go out there and give his international fans what THEY wanted.
Obama was TENTATIVE when it came to his first war,
but he's an old pro at it now.He knows that NO ONE WHO MATTERS WILL JUDGE HIM FOR ANYTHING THAT HAPPENS.
It's all in fun
and it distracts the unemployed people eating soup out of a can from wondering
IF THEY'RE GOING TO BE EVICTED TOMRROW OR TODAY.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner has grown up.
He knows that THE PUBLIC DOESN'T MATTER.
He knows that CONGRESS DOESN'T MATTER.
He knows that THERE IS NOTHING BETWEEN HIS WILL and the might and FORTUNES of a nation.
And HE'S DOING WHAT HE WILL WITH THEM.
He might bomb Syria for a few days, as he's claiming and as he FALSELY claimed of Libya, or a few weeks or a few months.
The military has been CUT TO THE BONE and RETASKED to celebrating gay weddings and green energy,
but there are enough bombs LEFT OVER to make for some spectacular fireworks Every show needs a good closing number
as the Al Nusra Front and their Free Syrian Army allies make it to Damascus
TO SLAUGHTER THE LAST CHRISTIANS THERE.
and THE BURNING OF THE LAST CHURCHES in Syria while the bombs burst overhead will be the performance of a lifetime.Maybe Obama will even get Miley to sing.
There will be criticism, but as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said of Benghazi,
"What difference does it make anyway?"What difference does ANYTHING MAKE in THE ABSENCE OF MORALS.
Without them, THERE IS ONLY POWER AND THE WILL TO USE IT,
whether it is the power to bomb a nation or take your clothes off.
The only way to PROVE WILL is through ACTION.
The ability TO DO A THING implies A NEED to do it.
If a thing CAN be done, it MUST be done.And so WILL DISPROVES ITSELF
as the ability to do a thing FORCES YOU to actually go ahead and do it
TO PROVE YOUR WILL, WITHOUT REGARD TO WETHER YOU WANT to do it OR NOT.
Our society SLEEPWALKS towards these inevitabilities of power WITHOUT EVER ASKING WHO IT WAS THAT DECIDED on their inevitability.
Transformed FROM a society of virtue INTO VICE, we wonder WHY we are slipping INTO TYRANNY AND CORRUPTION of every sort.
RESTRAINT IS A VIRTUE.
With ONLY the VICE of power, the ADDICTION of will, there is NOTHING between us and THOISE WHO WOULD DESTROY US
but the NAKEDNESS of THEIR power.And the moment that THEY CAN DEPRIVE US OF OUR RIGHTS AND DESTROY US, THEY WILL.
Tomorrow, Obama MAY fight Syria.
But the rest of the time,
HE'S FIGHTING US.
No money for flyovers at NASCAR races. No money for White House tours and he wants to attack Syria?
So something I paid for since I was 16 years old (maybe excluding my 3 years in the military)is an entitlement? Well FU and the horse you rode in on!
The money you paid into the system does not cover the benefits you receive. And the money you contributed went towards the benefits of the retirees. Today's workers pay for today's retirees. Medicare and SS are pay as you go systems.
This graph shows that the average man and woman (average defined in the study as average income over their working lives and living to the average life expectancy) who start receiving benefits in 2010 get over 3 times more in benefits than they pay in to the system! Of importance, the study accounts for inflation by calculating all past taxes and future payments in 2010 dollars to provide an accurate comparison.
If the notion that Medicare recipients are simply "getting back what they paid in" is false then where is the money coming from? Simply, the excess received is being borrowed from younger generations and the cost is more than we can bear.
You can rationalize all you want about your contributions to the system, but the fact is that you (and I) are being subsidized by borrowed money from our children and grandchildren. Ponzi schemes are great if you are at the top of the pyramid.
Now we know the strategy he is using - start a war and then push for more continuing resolutions with Zero-Care and other welfare projects attached. It will be “for our brave warriors” dontyaknow...
Money Inhofe? We don’t have enough lives either. Let’s be neural in arab wars, saves money and lives.
Hundreds of reason to stay out of this mess... almost no reasons to go in...
You have no idea how much I have paid in and the amount of benefits I have received. I could die tomorrow and not even claim what I paid last year. The cost you bear are no more than the cost I bore. Are you paying more than I paid for the last 10 years?
I could die tomorrow and not even claim what I paid last year.
Or you could live to 110 and get twenty times whatever you contributed to the system.
The cost you bear are no more than the cost I bore. Are you paying more than I paid for the last 10 years?
I am 70 years old. I am a taker not a giver. The difference between you and me is that I recognize that SS and Medicare are entitlement programs that will on average, pay out far more in benefits than an individual contributes to the system. This is particularly true for those retired now and the coming baby boomer cohort.
Medicare has been running in the red since 2008 and SS since 2010. They will continue to do so unless they are reformed. I get a kick out of the FINOs (FReepers in Name Only) who rail about welfare and government deficits but staunchly defend the entitlement programs, which they don't want cut based on the specious rationale that they paid for them. The reality is quite different.
No money? Try no weapons. No f22s nothing. He wants us to lose a war, just like LBJS, to prop his false peace surrender wagon poverty for the gays.
He’s absolutely right. Furloughs, promotion freezes, even BAH cuts are running rampant with FY14 not looking any better. Now Dear Leader wants us to fight a war for Al Qaeda?
So you are not a boomer, but one of the generation that preceded us. You think us boomers didn’t recognize the Ponzi scheme. What could we do except vote for those who saw it as such? What did you do different? If you are not sending your SS check back and refusing your Medicare please don’t post sh*t. I know how much I would have if I hadn’t had to pay SS and Medicare. I wouldn’t need it either. However I ‘m not going to slam my fellow boomers for collecting.
Agreed. There is a lot that going on at FR and everywhere else in the country.
You can't carry both of these in your wallet and then attempt to logically argue we can afford our $70-100 Trillion unfunded liabilities.
"Mine" is earned, but "yours" is taking.
SS is a Ponzi scheme, especially the way it is operating today.
I am for a Simpson-Bowles type plan; without one, we are doomed economically, and soon.
It is amazing, isn't it?
Oh well, it isn't his blood or limbs on the line, nor his kids. Why should he care?
What I am doing different than you is not being a hypocrite who believes that his contributions cover the actual costs of these programs.
Why should I send my pension checks back and refuse Medicare? I receive a federal pension and minimum SS benefit from my previous military and civilian employment that comes to about $120 K a year, which is linked to a COLA. Conservatively, I estimate that I have received more than ten times the amount I contributed. In addition, the federal government still pays about $12K a year for my health insurance under the FEHBP, which is now supplementary to Medicare.
There is no doubt that there must be changes to the existing system. When they are made, even in they affect me adversely, I will not complain. Until then, I will accept all of the benefits that I am eligible for. But unlike you, I won't claim that I paid for them.
I know how much I would have if I hadnt had to pay SS and Medicare. I wouldnt need it either. However I m not going to slam my fellow boomers for collecting.
I didn't slam anyone for collecting. I was just pointing out that the current system is unsustainable and that anyone who believes that their contributions cover the benefits is dishonest and delusional.
Nobody is stupid enough to believe that eventually your withdrawals will outdo your contributions. What I was trying to say was I invested money during my working years. If I had the SS and Medicare money to invest along with my investment monies I would never have to bother the X, Y, Millennial or any other generation for contributions. My investments and SS contributions along with what you call interest but I call dividends and earnings would keep me in high cotton for as many years as I have left.
If ifs and buts were candy and nuts what a fine world we would have.
SS is an insurance scheme not an investment. The same holds true for Medicare. One third of Americans depend solely on SS for their retirement income. And for two-thirds of Americans, SS represents more than half of their retirement income. Most Americans have not saved for their retirement. The baby boomers and those that follow are for the most part going to experience tough sledding during their "golden years."