This one has been flopped over the transom from both the mil-email chain and some readers-
A bit of history, and some interesting commentary here- While primarily pointed at the Army, this also applied to all services and the Navy has gone from 580+ plus ships under Reagan to 250ish under Bo…
When we entered into the first Gulf War, our active Army strength was around 760,000. It was well equipped, well trained and powerful enough to actually maintain the world peace that progressives and beauty pageant contestants so desire. Even as this force pushed the Iraqis out of Kuwait, the liberal media was questioning out loud whether Americans were ready to see the body bags.
With the collapse of the Soviet Union, politicians decided we no longer needed such a robust force. There were no more enemies requiring us to maintain it. No more large force on force battles ahead. We had to reduce it. Drawdown commenced. Or as cheerleaders inside the services and Pentagon called it, a builddown. Word out of Washington was a windfall was upon us. We would reap a peace dividend. All of the money we would save by cutting the size of America’s national defense structure could be used to fund other necessary things. Social programs.
I watched Lone Survivor yesterday. From reading the book when it came out, I fully expected it to be gut-wrenching. And it was. It is a well done movie. Go watch it. Sadly, most Americans never knew the story. Still do not. Even when the Congressional Medal of Honor was presented posthumously to Navy SEAL Lieutenant Michael Murphy, the first person to receive it in the Afghan War, it was barely a media blip. You see, it is not the kind of story that interests a progressive media along with the fact that it was presented by President Bush. Never willing to shine a good light on anything military, they were more interested in the propaganda pictures provided to them by the Islamists.
The progressive media prefer the story of down trodden and poverty stricken villagers being brutalized by the U.S. military. Poor people who are driven to terrorism because of stark poverty. Their wealth of course was stolen from them by whom else but the capitalist west led by America. It was the same song they sang throughout the Viet Nam war. I am certain you remember Genghis John Kerry’s famous lies about American Soldiers in Viet Nam burning and pillaging villages. And Hanoi Jane’s radio broadcast. Well, war hero John is at it again. The poor and poverty stricken are driven to war.
When President Bush was in office, the body count was high priority in the media. Boys the media called them or American kids. Anything to pluck at American’s emotions. We would get it daily. There was even speculation about when it would surpass one thousand. The media appeared anxious for that moment. They even went to court looking for permission to photograph the caskets as they came home. Nowadays, it simply is not an issue. You may hear in passing of some “NATO” casualties in Afghanistan. By what we hear in the news, one would think that nothing is happening there. You most assuredly would not know that nearly 75 percent of American war deaths in Afghanistan have occurred under the watch of Barack Obama. The progressive media wing does its job quite well.
While a man like Marcus Luttrell and his team fights and sacrifices and does what their country asks of them to preserve the peace and ensure freedom at America’s front door, Washington’s politicians are giving both away at the back door. Washington is proving once again that it has little thought of the trials the military and their families have endured during 13 years of war.
Beginning with the Whitehouse and right on down through the halls of the United States Congress there appears little concern for the military. Illegal immigrants are more important that Soldiers, Veterans or their families. There is the big budget deal out of Washington. Then one that will keep the government open. It saves a relative few pennies when considering trillions of dollars of debt ($6.2 billion over 10 years) by reducing military pensions, costing military retirees as much as $120,000.00 over a lifetime. Have to love those peace dividends. With a straight face, Washington laments how important it is to cut military pensions to save the budget, while absolutely refusing to close a tax hole that has allowed the Internal Revenue Service to pay out over $14 billion dollars in refundable tax credits to illegal immigrants – the people we supposedly cannot find because they only exist in the shadows.
I was listening to some banter on a talk radio program the other day. Conservative media view versus a progressive one. The topic was Obamacare and how in the world will we ever pay for it. Without hesitation, the progressive said close 800 military bases.
Washington can only find passion these days for the military when it comes to social engineering it to resemble their Godless utopian world view. The next time they need Soldiers willing to sacrifice for their political blundering, maybe they can find a few brigades of illegal immigrants to do their bidding. They are certainly paid well enough. We can even embed them with progressive media.
It was much like this before WW2 as well.
Vote buying always trumps the military unless we’re in dire peril.
It’s about votes. Fewer vets every year so their voting block get smaller. Compare the numbers as a percentage of voter to those in the 50’s.
Adding new voters who will cheerfully vote for the party of handouts makes sense from a political POV even if it will be a catastrophe in the economic view point.
The last point is that the puzzle palace seem to think that high tech wins wars all by it’s self. One super cruiser or aircraft is the same as 5-10 lesser versions so the force can be reduced. That fallacy will cost lives in the long run.
I can’t add anything to what they said. And I can’t understand why anyone would enlist in the military anymore. Hamstrung, under-funded and politically-corrected to death…
God forbid we should cut food stamps or unemployment benefits. No, let’s punish those who have shown they place the country’s interests ahead of their own.
It is all a mad scramble to cover the trillions looted by the financial interests. In real money, we ain’t got any.
And it really sickens me that people I once thought cared about their constituants ( paul ryan, John Boehner) supported and voted to rape the veterans of this country, that fought to give them freedom in the first place to be a US Senator or Congressman.
LL- Yep, Kipling’s Tommy comes to mind…
Gerry- No question… But ‘they’ won’t have to worry about it, they’ll be gone and it will be somebody else’s fault…
WSF- Good point!
JUGM- A great point!
I just got back from a scouting weekend with my son’s pack on USS Yorktown in Charleston, SC. The boy wants to become a naval aviator…..oh hell! I hope there’s a navy left for him…..
PS I’m transitioning
An Englishman In Dixie
existing blog will be going private, but I’ll add new posts on the new site and transfer good older posts to it too.
please pass the word.
This makes me physically ill
No honor among thieves.
Differ- Will do sir!
Rick- yep… dammit
Ed- Nope not a damn bit!!!
I am the Peace Dividend…………..
Forced Retirement in 1993 at 20 years day for day………….
ORPO- Yep, and you aren’t the ONLY one by a long shot… sigh
Y’know, I used to regret not having served. Given the way vets are being treated now, I have to wonder if it’s just as well I didn’t.