OUR COMING DEFENSE CRISIS – AT 9:47 A.M. ET: We alluded to this in the post just below. The mainstream media doesn't seem terribly concerned, as it is dominated by leftists who don't have much regard for the military, but most Americans, I hope, will be shocked by what is coming, and where it will leave us. From Rowan Scarborough at the Washington Times:
The U.S. armed services, widely recognized as the world’s most ready and mobile military, is painting a picture of itself as a stagnant force trapped at home under automatic spending cuts just three weeks away.
Army brigades won’t be ready to fight. Navy aircraft carriers won’t deployed. The Air Force won’t be able to operate radar surveillance 24 hours a day.
The dire scenarios are contained in a series of memos sent to Congress and obtained by The Washington Times. They stir memories of the late 1970s, when the Army declared itself a “hollow force” because depleted combat units could not perform in a war.
The president then was Jimmy Carter, to whom Obama is often compared, for good reason.
In the current instance, an Army memo uses the physiological term “atrophy” to underscore a warning that it will not be able to command brigade combat teams that can respond to hot spots outside of Afghanistan and South Korea.
“The strategic impact is a rapid atrophy of unit combat skills with a failure to meet demands of the National Military Strategy by the end of this year,” the Army wrote in a recent memo to Capitol Hill.
The Pentagon’s warnings are intended to prod Congress and President Obama to reach a deal that averts “sequestration” — automatic, across-the-board spending cuts set to begin March 1 that would remove up to $500 billion from the projected 10-year defense budget.
“What it would mean is a smaller military,” said Todd Harrison, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment. “It would be a military that would not be able to do all the missions it is supposed to be able to do today. That’s the bottom line.”
COMMENT: Budgets can determine the limits of policy. One of my great fears is that the Obama administration, even without sequestration, will cut the military budget to the point where our policies are frozen. In the event of a crisis we would be told that we "can't afford" to act. In line with usual leftist doctrine, Americans would be informed that their benefits would have to be cut if we put more money into "war" again. Which way do you think Americans would go?
If you don't think that works, look at Britain. The once-great Royal Navy and RAF have been reduced to token forces. And a public brought up by the nanny state doesn't seem to care.
I think this catastrophe can be avoided if the Democrats are turned out in 2016. But if they're continued in power, we will see a very different America, and an America in grave danger.
February 11, 2013