May 18, 2014
Obama Military Cutbacks Starting to Kick In at the Air Force Academy
Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 18, 2014 11:58 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.
It is an American trait to go into each and every next war unprepared. We can't help ourselves. The best exception to this rule was how Eisenhower and Reagan made sure we were strongly prepared against the Soviet Union.
It seems we excel at the cold war, but suck at going into hot wars of any level higher than "low intensity."
There is a bucket of phrases that only work in the military for these situations. The first one that comes to mind is "grab your a$$." It means you are unprepared and now you're going to deal with that. Under the new tolerance rules at the USAFA, however, this meaning has also been changed...
Posted by: Casey Klahn at May 18, 2014 11:51 AM
I dunno, just a little more lift and they can pull the wheels up.
Posted by: chasmatic at May 18, 2014 12:45 PM
The left banks on the hope nothing serious ever happens when they are in power, or if it does they are not affected personally by it. Shortsightedness is a trademark of the loser party. It is truly naive for them to believe the enemy can be fought in a international courtroom. Unless the intent is for the US to lose anyhow.
I don't suppose one of those planes is Bammys new Air Force One is it ?
Posted by: Kelvin at May 18, 2014 12:50 PM
I seem to recall the Army was training with wooden guns and driving model A's with wooden tank-like facades just before WWII, and we managed to bumble our way through it and survive.
Posted by: BillH at May 18, 2014 2:20 PM
Fiscal conservatives should love the cut backs in spending.
Posted by: Todd at May 18, 2014 3:25 PM
Fiscal conservatives know that the common defense is one of the few actual reasons, explicitly stated in the Constitution, to form a government, and extract taxes from the citizenry upon pain of violence, the monopoly on the use of violence to impose ends being one simple definition of a government. Which puts many other things not there mentioned at all ahead of the armed forces on any list of ending or reductions in spending. It's as if you're not even trying, Todd.
Posted by: Mike James at May 18, 2014 4:00 PM
For funding, the DoD could try to find the TRILLION dollars it misplaced. Or, perhaps it could do something about the TRILLION plus wasted on the F35.
The best thing for the armed forces would be to cut them to the bone, starting with the hundreds of flag and general officers.
Posted by: Lorne at May 18, 2014 4:22 PM
Would you rather be bombed from within or without?
It's not a matter of if, but when.
Posted by: ghostsniper at May 18, 2014 5:55 PM
BillH, We damn near lost that war. That's the nasty little secret. And we had a shit load of people here in Amurrica that wanted the war over, they were tired of the rationing and the civilian hardships. Imagine that. Look up your history, much of this will be found in the oral stories of the vets coming back for war bond drives.
Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at May 19, 2014 5:45 AM
Mike, so then we can reduce military spending by getting our troops out of other countries and back to the job of protecting our borders?
Posted by: Todd at May 19, 2014 5:48 AM
Obama and a few thousand of his best friends are devoted to the decline of America, but by doing their worst they may set in motion forces and understandings which were not their intention, and were showing no sign of awakening.
A government and a people which has not demonstrated the ability nor the inclination to abandon the penny is not going to change rationally. All that we are experiencing is a quickening of the diseases which were in the host already. Is that a bad thing?
Posted by: james wilson at May 19, 2014 10:28 AM
The Europhobia demonstrated by this regime is a disgrace. Every word out of holder's mouth is racist. Mooch, when not vacationing is constantly spouting racist drivel and barky uses every opportunity to push hatred of EuroAmericans at every juncture. (See Cambridge, Trayvon, etc.) I must marvel at this group, they are destroying America at a pace that is as rapid as possible without the "folks" rioting. I hope push comes to shove and we can turn our ship of state around before it is too late. But if we must go down, let's do it with a bang not a whimper.
Posted by: tripletap at May 19, 2014 11:02 AM
The Air Force only has 3 fighter Wings at war-ready status. They have 7 other Wings the USAF will get war-ready AFTER conflict begins. Their plan is that in 90 days after the war starts they will furiously train the remaining 7 Wings of pilots and then use them in the war.
It's a plan so crazy it just can't work.
Posted by: Scott M at May 19, 2014 1:05 PM
Isolationists on this comment forum: please watch High Noon, and report back to me about guard our borders. I'm afraid the world doesn't really work that way. While you're happily defending the border, a train is coming...
Posted by: Casey Klahn at May 19, 2014 9:03 PM