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Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds
The Washington Times ^ | July 31, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough

Posted on 08/01/2014 1:47:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress said Thursday that President Obama’s strategy for sizing the armed services is too weak for today’s global threats.

The National Defense Panel called on the president to dump a major section of his 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and write a broader strategy that requires the military to fight on multiple fronts at once.

It also said the shrinking U.S. armed forces, which are being downsized to fit that strategy and budget cuts, is a “serious strategic misstep on the part of the United States.” The forces’ numbers spelled out in Mr. Obama’s QDR are “inadequate given the future strategic and operational environment.”

The warning comes as Mr. Obama is under criticism from many Republicans and some Democrats for his standoff policy toward Syria and his limited response to a June offensive by an al Qaeda offshoot that has gobbled up swaths of territory in Iraq....

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: armedforces; army; bhodod; bjo44; gramsci; military; militaryreadiness; obama; quisling; rowanscarborough; trojanhorse

1 posted on 08/01/2014 1:47:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Prez Pen and Phone is a global threat.


2 posted on 08/01/2014 1:48:32 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, duh. By design, no less.


3 posted on 08/01/2014 1:49:09 PM PDT by cld51860 (Volo pro veritas)
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To: cld51860

If he isn’t the “enemy within” I don’t know who would be.


4 posted on 08/01/2014 1:50:29 PM PDT by notaliberal (St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle,)
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To: cld51860

Orders from his excellency: Forward in Reverse, Charge.


5 posted on 08/01/2014 1:50:49 PM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Uriel must be quite pleased with himself!


6 posted on 08/01/2014 1:50:50 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

*Urkel*


7 posted on 08/01/2014 1:51:40 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The George Soros puppet’s fundamental transformation of America is almost complete.


8 posted on 08/01/2014 1:53:40 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: notaliberal

He is the enemy within. An incompetent within is worse than an enemy without.


9 posted on 08/01/2014 1:53:41 PM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The biggest threat to this country is our open borders and the hordes of illegal aliens here. And the military is not protecting our borders.


10 posted on 08/01/2014 1:53:50 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s working out just as he planned it.


11 posted on 08/01/2014 1:56:09 PM PDT by anoldafvet (Close the border!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Congress decides the size and scope of the military.


12 posted on 08/01/2014 1:59:05 PM PDT by Theoria (I should never have surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama’s response will be, “it a start” and then he will cut it more.


13 posted on 08/01/2014 2:02:27 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s now the Kenyan’s “fundamentally transformed” military. Swish!


14 posted on 08/01/2014 2:03:46 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is not a refugee camp! It is my home!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Of course, we’ve known this to be true. I had been wondering when it was going to finally be written about and discussed.

So nice to show another weak link to make our enemies feel even more powerful under this sissy-pants administration.


15 posted on 08/01/2014 2:04:48 PM PDT by BlueHorseShoe ( Let us all speak out, rise up, lead and conquer!)
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To: Theoria

They determine funding, but ask me when they ever bothered really opposing what the POTUS does with the military.


16 posted on 08/01/2014 2:11:38 PM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

that’s the whole idea, the fraud will do anything that will help to expedite the fall of America


17 posted on 08/01/2014 2:12:12 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bookmark


18 posted on 08/01/2014 2:13:04 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Didn’t Obama promise a “domestic” force equal in size to the military? And didn’t Homeland Security purchase shocking amounts of ammo?


19 posted on 08/01/2014 2:15:01 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: Morpheus2009
They are also in charge of the rules and regulations of the military, size and formation. But, no, they don't usually oppose any President.
20 posted on 08/01/2014 2:17:23 PM PDT by Theoria (I should never have surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive)
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To: ransomnote

What Good Can a Handgun Do Against An Army?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-backroom/2312894/posts


21 posted on 08/01/2014 2:18:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: cld51860

Well, duh. By design, no less.
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No doubt.

I question the idea that Obama has failed at implementing his Foreign Policy. He had a major setback in Egypt and Israel is working against him but everywhere else he is doing pretty well.

The Mideast is in turmoil.
Iran grows stronger by the day.
Radical Jihadis have taken control of large sections of Iraq.
Libya is threatened by Islamic radicals.
Al Qaeda is threatening to take control of Syria.

What’s not to like if you want the Caliphate to be reinstated, hopefully under Muslim brotherhood rule.


22 posted on 08/01/2014 2:21:56 PM PDT by InterceptPoint (Remember Mississippi)
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23 posted on 08/01/2014 2:22:36 PM PDT by Diogenesis (The EXEMPT Congress is complicit in the absence of impeachment)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

But still, as obvious as it may be, few understand that Obama and the democratic leadership are NWO agents.


24 posted on 08/01/2014 2:26:19 PM PDT by Halgr (Once a Marine, always a Marine - Semper Fi)
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To: Theoria
Congress decides the size and scope of the military.

But Reid keeps anything he doesn't like from being voted on, and there's always the veto pen. In practice, under this administration and to a degree never seen before in this country, Congress decides very little.

25 posted on 08/01/2014 2:44:09 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And so this is how he responds to the downing of MH17 and Russia’s insurgency in Ukraine —


26 posted on 08/01/2014 2:44:23 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Ok, take Reid at his word. That doesn’t change the GOP controlled congress from trying to implement anything and bring something to a vote. Have they?


27 posted on 08/01/2014 2:46:00 PM PDT by Theoria (I should never have surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive)
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To: Theoria

I’ve heard there’s hundreds of bills that have been passed by the GOP controlled House that Reid will not even let the Senate consider. How much symbolism do you need?


28 posted on 08/01/2014 2:47:41 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Symbolism? The fact that we don’t even know the name of a bill that would prevent such downsizing. Nothing.


29 posted on 08/01/2014 2:54:56 PM PDT by Theoria (I should never have surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive)
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To: Theoria

What I mean is that without some significant leadership on the GOP side, no one knows what they’ve done... it’s just peeing into the wind.

You’re upset we haven’t heard about some of these things. I’ll agree that’s a problem. But, without a big groundswell of public outrage, any GOP initiatives are going to be ignored.

Take the border situation, for example. Obama asked for a 3.7 billion dollar slush fund, with virtually no enforcement. The House is working on a 700 million bill which inlcudes enforcement, but is wishy-washy in some places. Obama loves this—even if the House passes something, it will be ignored by the Senate, which I hear is going into recess. He’ll say “Congress didn’t act, so I have to.” Or, the House bill will wind up in a conference with the Senate, and McCain et al will tack on a lot of amnesty provisions.

Is it any wonder I’m bummed?


30 posted on 08/01/2014 3:07:46 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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31 posted on 08/01/2014 3:34:28 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The bottom line is that as a nation, we can no longer afford a military capable of policing the entire world. Our spending has been so spendthrift and gratuitous for so long that it must end for everything. And this means everything.

As far as the military goes, the reduction must be to the point where the military can only be used for things that are in our direct national interest. This means no more peacekeeping between willing belligerents; no more disaster relief; no more frivolous interventionism.

Military need, not military want.

If one foreign nation wants war with another foreign nation, and neither of them are our allies, then let the butchery commence, because it is not our problem. There is no “humanitarianism” unless somebody pays for it.

We only get a small portion of our oil from the Mideast. So if they want to slaughter each other, it is China’s dilemma because they get much of their oil from there.

We can no longer tremble at the idea of a “butterfly effect” turning a small war into a world war. We have to sit back and watch, and only intervene when it shows prospects of doing so.


32 posted on 08/01/2014 4:10:48 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Planned to allow for the muslim caliphate


33 posted on 08/01/2014 4:13:51 PM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: Mouton

Why use the word excellency?

There is nothing excellent about this move to downsize military or about Obama either.

How about the bottom of the snake pit?


34 posted on 08/01/2014 4:49:09 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s almost like Obama is throwing the game...


35 posted on 08/01/2014 5:24:25 PM PDT by GOPJ (It's almost like Obama is throwing the game....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All these “Veteranos” coming into to the USA should make a dandy fighting force if needed. They have registered for the Selective Service right? Right?


36 posted on 08/01/2014 5:43:50 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; ...

Active Duty ping.


37 posted on 08/01/2014 5:44:02 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: ColdOne

All Obama has is a big mouth. He is an agitator and corrupt as hell.

He thinks his big mouth and Alinsky tactics will work every time. It only does when people are too stupid to see that everything this administration does is built on lies and malicious activity all over the world. One of these days someone out there is going to take him to task, that means we are in trouble.


38 posted on 08/01/2014 5:51:10 PM PDT by dforest
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Trojan Horse


39 posted on 08/01/2014 6:11:47 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: Salvation

Because if I called him exactly how I feel about him I’d be banned forever!


40 posted on 08/01/2014 7:06:30 PM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Jet Jaguar

"And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars...."

Matthew 24:6

Wars are coming, across the Middle East, perhaps to Europe and the Pacific as well. There may even be a civil war in our own nation.

The US military has been a force for good, justice, and stability for decades. Obama has been undermining its people, equipment, training, budgets, laws, morality, and very core from almost the moment he took office.

Many members of Congress, eager for any spending cuts but unable to touch sacred Entitlements, allowed the Obama attacks on the military to continue, and even enabled him to do so. Moreover, they were too timid to stop the social and moral attacks against the foundations of the military.

As the world spins out of control, the US military is less and less looking as the effective force to bring peace and stability.

Tiny Israel stands alone, and the US enables the worst of Muslim murderers.

I never thought I would see these days, but I now have.

41 posted on 08/02/2014 4:34:00 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: InterceptPoint

My brother in law lives and works in Abu Dhabi, with his pregnant wife. I was told last night over dinner with his parents that he is mulling over whether or not to extend his contract for three years. I told them, with the ME burning like it is, and if ISIL is even half successful with their five year plan, he damned well won’t want to live there much longer. They said nothing at all. I don’t know if they are ignorant of what is happening over there, are just happy in their bubble, or think I am full of ——. When I last talked to my brother in law, he scoffed at the notion they could be in any danger. I reminded him he is literally only hundreds of miles from Iran, and a stone’s throw from the Strait of Hormuz. No response at all from him. Again, don’t know if they think I am an alarmist....


42 posted on 08/02/2014 7:52:08 AM PDT by cld51860 (Volo pro veritas)
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