“We have departed from the maxim of ‘peace through strength’ to a belief in ‘appeasement through weakness.'”
~ Lt. Col. Allen West
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announce proposed draconian military cuts that would reduce the U.S. Army from 490,000 troops to between 440,000 to 450,000, enforce a one-year suspension on the salaries of general and flag officers, limit the rise of basic pay for military personnel to 1 percent, decrease the $1.4 billion direct subsidy that is given to military commissaries, and reduce the growth of tax-free housing allowances for military personnel, while many military retirees will see an increase in health insurance deductibles and co-pays.
Remember the SDS 1960s mantra: “The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.” Obama is a socialist/progressive revolutionary whose military budget cuts are specifically designed to deconstruct the U.S. military, because to the American left the nation’s storied history is a fraud achieved by stealing, killing, plundering, enslaving and spreading diseases to other peoples and countries. Now it’s payback time, and the U.S. must be put back in our place just like any other nation. America is not exceptional nor a superpower, and President Obama will lead us with the white flag of retreat from global leadership – away from our former superpower status Reagan brought us to 30 years ago.
Many commentators I’ve read think that the U.S. Army has not been cut down this small since the 1940s. Actually, the army has not been this small since the 1930s during FDR’s early years as president. Few people may remember those grainy film clips of U.S. soldiers forced to train with wooden guns and training pilots with wooden boxes as cockpits. Under FDR, before we got serious about fighting Hitler’s fascism, our soldiers were reduced to fighting Hitler and the Nazis with the playful imagination of 10-year-old children … broom sticks as guns and wooden boxes as airplanes!
Remember that our Constitution authorizes Congress to create and fund an Army and a Navy (Article I, Section 8, Clauses 11-14). The Army was to be refunded every two years as needed; the Navy, on the other hand, was authorized constitutionally to be perpetual for two reasons: 1) to protect our coast lines from foreigners and invaders (which Obama’s amnesty for illegal aliens policy fails to achieve), and 2) to protect the sea lanes in order for commerce to flow freely on the seas. For over 100 years, since Woodrow Wilson gutted the military to fund his progressive revolution in 1913, America has rejected the original intent of the constitutional framers because the progressives and their willing allies of the Democratic Socialist Party have repeatedly had America fighting wars for vested interests of other nations and not to support America’s vital national interests as mandated in the Constitution and under federal law. As mentioned, in the 1930s the U.S. was ill-prepared to fight Germany’s Hitler and the Nazis, Italy’s Mussolini and Japan’s Hirohito, which only emboldened these tyrants leading directly to World War II.
Remember President Eisenhower’s warning to beware of the “military industrial complex” in a January 1961 speech. He warned that wars are now funded by the industrialists of the world, including those who have a Machiavellian means/ends to profit from producing weapons of war for war’s sake and not for legitimate, identifiable national interests. Our brave soldiers are mere cannon fodder to these evil men. Did we heed Eisenhower’s prescient warnings? No, America has entered into one foolish, tragic war after another with no discernible military or political end, yet the causalities left behind has exploded into the hundreds of thousands just since the Vietnam War alone … for what?! I am not an isolationist, yet the original intent of the framers, those great men who bequeathed to us our Constitution, our Bill of Rights and our Declaration of Independence, was to preserved the right for everyone in the U.S. to pursue their dreams, their right to happiness and not the right to be thrown into a misbegotten war propagated by the vast military industrial complex.
Yes, we need peace through military strength, but that strength comes through our tactical and strategic naval forces protecting our national borders through their sacred sacrifice of blood and treasure. I would be the first to say our Pentagon is bloated; it is wasteful through each of its branches. Yet Obama’s approach to gut and deconstruct the military to fund his domestic welfare-state programs is tantamount to treason and will place America in grave danger geopolitically.
Even more outrageous is that for trillions in military investment, we are not even close to winning the war in Afghanistan against a bunch of illiterate farmers who have no jets, no air craft carriers, no attack helicopters, not even boots and helmets in what pathetically has become the longest war in U.S. history – already twice as long as WWII where the Allied Powers defeated Hitler, the Nazis, Mussolini and Hirohito in less than five years.
Former Florida Rep. Allen West, a great war hero and conservative standard bearer, wrote an op-ed criticizing President Obama’s using Secretary Hagel to deconstruct and destroy the greatest military in the history of the world:
For Obama and Hagel to believe taking the U.S. Army down to pre-World War II levels is a smart decision evidences their abject stupidity in comprehending the global conflagrations in which we are embroiled — the enemy has a vote. This whole inane statement about “pivoting to the Asian-Pacific rim” is more empty rhetoric as we decimate our U.S. Naval strength while China builds theirs.
Barack Hussein Obama cannot be seen as a commander in chief, and I will never refer to him that way. His fundamental transformation of America means weakening our nation and leaving our Republic less secure.
Obama and the Democratic Socialist Party are hellbent on deconstructing America by confiscating much of the military budget to enslave millions of citizens to the welfare state for generations and thus ensuring a perpetual Democratic Socialist Party, yet the great military theorist Sun Tzu in his classic treatise, “The Art of War,” said these ancient words America must heed today if we are to survive: “In times of peace prepare for war, in times of war prepare for peace. The art of war is of vital importance to the state. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence under no circumstances can it be neglected.”
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