That is what you call situational political ethics. And it stinks.
As Written By Allen B. West:
If there’s one thing we know for certain, President Barack Obama can do the tango. But has he been an effective commander in chief? Please, let us not drink from the poisoned pitcher of kool-aid but rather seriously examine the effectiveness and implementation of the U.S. military over these past 7-plus years.
Yes, Osama bin Laden is dead — but did that mean the end of al-Qaida or the global Islamic jihad? Nope. Some will say we’ve ended wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – really? Then who’s shooting at our deployed troops? We’ve “reset” relations with Russia — yep, how did that work out in Crimea, Ukraine, and in Syria? And that whole pivot from the Middle East to the Pacific foreign policy — yep, China appreciated it so much it’s building islands and fortifying them with military weapons.
So, let’s have an objective discussion on national military strategy and policy.
As reported by the Washington Times, “Beneath the positive press the military receives for preparing to mold women into the nation’s first female ground warriors this year, there is another story far more basic to war fighting.
Some lawmakers are warning that budget cuts, a troop drawdown and a decade and a half of wars have created spotty combat readiness, overburdened forces, more fatal accidents and beat-up weapons.
Weeks of congressional testimony from the top brass on next year’s $524 billion defense budget shows that many Army brigades and Air Force squadrons are less ready. The Marine Corps lacks sufficient aircraft to fully train pilots. The Army and Marine Corps can wage small wars but doubt they can meet the demands of a major conflict against, say, China or Russia, in a time frame called for in official military strategy.
After this sober news, the House Armed Services Committee sounded the alarm: “Concerns are growing louder and more frequent about the real-life consequences of cuts to personnel, training, equipment and other military resources as the security situation around the world becomes more precarious by the day.”
Rep. Mac Thornberry, Texas Republican and committee chairman, issued scary statistics. The Marine Corps’ major, or “Class A,” accident rate has shot up from an average of 2.15 per 100,000 flying hours to 3.96. Gen. Mark Milley, Army chief of staff, said rotary pilots need a minimum of 14 flying hours a month to stay sharp but are getting only 10 hours. Meanwhile, the Army’s major accident rates are increasing. “It does have our concern,” he testified. “Our aircraft accidents have increased, and we’re very concerned about it.” Gen. Milley said the force, cut from more than 490,000 to a planned 450,000, is sufficient for counterterrorism missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. But the overriding strategy of being able to fight a major overseas war is in doubt.”
So hurrah, we’ve been successful in social egalitarian-engineering policies for our military — under the guise of equality and fairness. But those are not vital missions of the United States military. I wanted ….
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