IBD: Obama hollows out, weakens the US military

IBD lays out some of the more specific military cuts Obama is putting into motion, and it ain’t good:

IBD – Obama, who betrayed Poland and Czechoslovakia on missile defense and shut down key weapon systems like the F-22 Raptor, has vowed to veto any changes to the mandated cuts, including $650 billion from defense as called for by the Budget Control Act over the next decade.

That comes on top of $460 billion in defense cuts already agreed to — a total of $1.1 trillion in defense cuts our commander in chief is OK with.

A 14-page analysis by the Republican majority staff of the House Armed Services Committee says the cumulative cuts will result in Army and Marine Corps losing 200,000 troops.

The Navy will shrink from 300 ships to 238 vessels and would lose two carrier battle groups needed to project American power and influence. Strategic bombers will fall from 153 to 101. Air Force fighters would drop by more than half, from 3,602 aircraft to 1,512 planes. These are real cuts, both in spending and in military capability.

In a recent joint appearance recently with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the National Defense University, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned, “Very simply, (further cuts) would result in hollowing out the force,” alluding to reductions made in the aftermath of the Vietnam War that left Army units undermanned and ill-equipped. “It would terribly weaken our ability to respond to the threats in the world.”

Maybe that’s the idea. In Obama’s mind, perhaps, we are the threat, the destabilizer. Hence the endless apology tour and the death of American exceptionalism.


Comment Policy: Please read our new comment policy before making a comment. In short, please be respectful of others and do not engage in personal attacks. Otherwise we will revoke your comment privileges.
  • Islam_Sucks

    …these would be the cuts the Republican House Leadership agreed to put Obama in charge of.

    From day one Boehner has miscalculated Obama.

    If he’s faced w/ a deficit, he’ll back down. …. Nope
    If he’s faced w/ a keystone pipeline decision … he’ll back down … .Nope.
    If he has to gut the military or cut social spending … he’ll back down …. Nope.

    • Sober_Thinking

      Spot on! The current Republicans have bungled this since 2007. What a joke… what a bunch of impotent clowns.

    • StrangernFiction

      To hear the GOP golden boy Marco Rubio tell it, Obama was really something special before he became president. But because he’s so focused on reelection he’s “lost himself.”


      Yeah, that Obama is really a great guy at heart.

      Talk about getting it a$$ backwards. Hell, Obama has admitted on tape that having to get reelected is keeping him in check. But I guess Marco missed that.

      The Party of Stupid.

  • Evil pathetic little coward. I loathe this person. Like a typical democrat- allow our boys and girls to be in harms way, and then cut/gut the budgets out from under them. Give to the enemies our nukes and weapons in hopes they will do the same.
    Add to this the marxist/muslim loving apologist hates America and has already proven himself a hater of our military….

    ah crap. Pslam 37… breath in…. breath out….

    Bring our boys and girls home now!

    • williamm

      You need to stop holding back. Tell us what you really feel about this POS.

    • 4Hoppes2

      Proverbs 6:16

      • yeah, I’d say dear leader does all 7 on a regular basis.

      • RocklinConservative

        How apropos …

    • kong1967

      I’m trying to figure out if you like Obama or if you hate him. You’re a little on the vague side.

      LOL…now tell us how you really feel !!

      I think we all loathe Obama here. Just remember not to throw your alarm clock through your computer monitor.

      • All heavy objects on and around my desk have been glued down and I always have a spare roll of duct tape on hand…. so no worries there 😉

  • williamm

    Obama-Caucus4Priorities From 2007

  • 12grace

    How we can fight back against obama hurting our soldiers and our fellow legal citizens.

    Spiritual Warfare

    Advanced Tactics of Spiritual Warfare (1/3) NUWI – Nighttime Unified Warfare Intercession http://www.youtube.com

  • NYGino

    This shouldn’t surprise anybody. This always happens when we have a Democrat in the White House.

    • kong1967

      Yeah, because they slobber when they think about taking the money to increase liberal bribes in the form of welfare and other social programs that aren’t needed. Welfare before national security.

  • Sober_Thinking

    For a closet Muslim, Socialist, this makes perfect sense (even though he’s being outed).

    This pResident is not a friend to America.

    Impeach him now! He has repeatedly proven incompetent… the liar/poser-and-chief.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Pray for our military.

    • kong1967

      ….which means pray for our safety.

  • stage9

    Dear God.

  • kong1967

    Yet the S.O.B. can’t find anything to cut in big government. It’s amazing how fast he destroys our military without a problem, but I haven’t heard of a single thing he will cut on the social side.

    Obama….”we cannot afford to protect ourselves, but don’t you dare touch my welfare bribes or my slush funds”.

    • NYGino

      How many armed forces personnel could we keep if we ended corporate welfare to NPR?

  • The Absured Report, has posted a letter from a soldier to his father along with a poem he worte for all Americans read.
    On the web site go to;
    (In God We Trust & One Nation Under God By: Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert, US MARINE)

    For those of you who love and respect our service personnel, please go to this site and you’ll be glad, sad, and very proud.

    Many of those who are Semper Fi are dieing for us every day. May we never forget those on the real front lines.
    Let’s remember them in our prayers…alway’s.

    Lest we Forget );

  • Is this a surprise? He is basically an anti-American, quasi-socialist. He detests anything that smacks of US power – the armed forces, the space program, etc.

    He needs the money for social programs, i.e., buy the voting loyalty of his supporters.

  • TJinNJ

    If you remember the tactic that the GOP approved to allow our military to be gutted was over the debt ceiling and the creation of the super committee of 12. Boehner, McConnell and those in leadership should be sharing the blame with Barry and the other progressives (Commies) formerly known as the democrat party. We are witnessing the rapid demise of this country and you can thank the RINOs and Demonic-Rats for that.

  • stage9

    I always wondered why America wasn’t mentioned in Bible prophesy…I mean, most scholars agree that America, though it is currently the single greatest super power the world has ever known, isn’t mentioned anywhere as a force in end times prophesy. I always thought this was a bit peculiar.

    Now, I know. We were murdered from within.

  • jjsmntha

    As a mom of 2 military sons, I can tell you that they are already feeling the “pinch”. This is not good because it shows our enemies that we are weak, lost & forlorn.

  • celestiallady

    Is there no one or nothing that can stop this madman? It’s like everyone is watching as he bit by bit destroys this country. I’m afraid he is going to be in for another 4 years.

  • NJK

    He can only hollow out our military if he’s allowed to. Congress and the military hierarchy allow him to do whatever he desires. They are complicit.


      Boehner and crew will let it go through. Allen West needs to become speaker.

  • JimmyBleep

    $1.1T in cuts? I’m pretty sure our entire funding for the military is about $1.1T. Are those numbers right?