Budget cuts killing military readiness, but rules of engagement killing troops

The Obama administration’s decimation of the military doesn’t stop with just budget cuts, an assault of the command structure or social engineering. Unreasonable rules of engagement are literally decimating our troops.

As reported by the Washington Times,

“In Afghanistan, the [rules of engagement] that were put in place in 2009 and 2010 have created hesitation and confusion for our war fighters,” said Wayne Simmons, a retired U.S. intelligence officer who worked in NATO headquarters in Kabul as the rules took effect, first under Army Gen. Stanley M. McChrystal, then Army Gen. David H. Petraeus.

“It is no accident nor a coincidence that from January 2009 to August of 2010, coinciding with the Obama/McChrystal radical change of the [rules of engagement], casualties more than doubled,” Mr. Simmons said. “The carnage will certainly continue as the already fragile and ineffective [rules] have been further weakened by the Obama administration as if they were playground rules.”

Rules of engagement are designed to reduce civilian casualties, but also mean airstrikes and artillery strikes – the kinds of support that protect troops on the ground – are also being curtailed.

According to the Washington Times, since 2009 commanders:

had to insure that a Taliban fighter was carrying a weapon before they could authorize direct fire. A unit engaged in combat on the ground and requesting airstrikes must convince commanders — and lawyers — back at headquarters that no civilians would be harmed.

In just one example, Medal of Honor recipient and former Army Captain William Swenson said he made repeated calls and waited hours to get clearance from headquarters as he was surrounded and attacked by more than 150 Taliban fighters.

But as we’ve reported previously, the decimation of our military starts way before troops get in harm’s way. Recently, General Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff of the US Army, admitted the Army has not trained for six months. Budget cuts have forced the Air Force to ground 13 combat squadrons of approximately 15-20 aircraft each. And Commandant General Jim Amos announced the Marine Corps would need to reduce its force to a “minimum acceptable” level of 174,000 as a result of sequestration budget cuts.

We are not able to effectively train and arm our men and women for combat and when they do get to the battlefield our own “rules” prevent them from effectively fighting.

But who cares? Gay soldiers can now openly serve, in the Air Force you may no longer have to mention “God” in the oath of service and the Marine Corps is fretting over “girlie” hats.

We have the finest fighting force the world has ever known –if we’d just let them fight.



  1. He is unfit for command. People were crazy to vote for this guy. We need to impeach him to preserve the country. He is graffiti on the wall of American history!

  2. obummer will go down in history as the one who destroyed the best healthcare system in the world and the best military in the world in only – 8 years…if there is anybody left that has the kohunos to tell the truth…

  3. Not only what has been said but Obame has eliminated several top generals fro the Military that did not agree with him and his tactics. He has on board now mostly “YES MEN” with no Moral Values to speak of or they would be speaking out on this. Oh, I know they fear for their jobs, ,pensions, etc., But which is worse, losing you job or selling out your troops?

    • You are correct, Agony9. Although it is FAR WORSE NOW than it was during any period of my lengthy military career, this travesty is not new. Typically, under Democratic administrations, many senior leaders grow frustrated with the budget cuts, social engineering and negative impact of LIBERAL policies. They retire. There is always someone willing to ignore what is right and wrong to move up and take the departing General’s or Admiral’s position.

      • You’re right. You can always buy some schnook who, although they might possibly be qualified, will grab on to, or even misrepresent themselves to get, these positions just for the money and the power. The worlds full of bastards like this, as our Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of government clearly shows. They should be wondering just how long their pension opportunities are going to last under this narcissist Muslim, our current illegal alien virtual POTUS! We sorely need a well qualified, real president, with guts and a love of our country!

  4. I hold the generals in command of my soldiers responsible for their safety. If the Obama administration is creating rules and budgets that are putting our troops in unnecessary peril it is your job to pack them up and go home. This isn’t a game. The future of the world depends on good decisions not blind obedience by you.

  5. Dear Allen,
    This is too bad and such a sad reality, hitting so many families across this great nation especially during the Christmas period. But the media is almost dead-silent about it!
    On December 3 I had my 20th birthday as a United States Citizen and it makes me sad to see where we have come to over just two decades… May God help us!
    Wishing you and yours and ALL that serve a blessed Christmas season.

  6. This has been Obama’s plan all along, to reduce our military so that we are no longer a super power in protecting our own people. He wants us all alike, all controlled, and a socialist nation. Without our economical and military power, we are losing respect from our enemies, they no longer fear us, and they laugh at us. The president is not a weak president, he is a clever guy, changing America into what bin Laden always wanted….. Bin Laden used to promise that he would one day destroy the United States “from within” by destroying our financial abilities and crippling our military. Looks like that’s what the present administration is trying to do. Hope I am wrong!

    • We are already in the United Nations, a bad thing for the our future, and Obama seems to be overtly Marxist! Cripes, his whole family were Communists! He has to be one. Does anyone remember Obama and some Russian leader, maybe it was Putin, whispering “wait until I’m reelected…” He looks like a dictator, acts like a dictator, and sounds like a dictator! I have always believed he acts as if he has “handlers”, people who are pulling his strings. Might also explain his lying! I hate to say this, but if my Dad were still alive he would recommend a short quiet end for a guy like Obama, especially as he is ruining the Military. Boy, would my ears burn as he would tell me what he thinks of guys like our president! Well, BO really is NO GOOD for this nation, or it’s people! I think he needs to go, now!

  7. We can’t allow this to happen. My father was in the 42nd Rainbow Division during WWII and fought like hell for this country. He received the Bronze Medal for his actions. As the “Army Brat” of my father, it makes me sick what Obama has done to this country in 5 long, long years. Someone has got to stop this man. He is not a leader nor a manager. He is good for nothing!!! We all need to get together and find a solution to this mess he’s gotten us into, including Obamacare. He does nothing but lie, lie, lie. You cannot believe this man. I’m surprised he’s lasted this long. The Republicans have been correct all along. Oh, and now they are going to close some or all of the commissaries that armed forces families use as their food sources. What a shame he is ruining our country like this.

  8. Allen, you sow hate and twist facts for your point of view. the facts are you LOST the election and your bruised ego is getting the best of you. you are not worthy to even shoe shine Obama’s shoes.

  9. If the real plan is to allow your fellow Muslims to win you can’t have American troops returning fire. Obama is the most effective commander and chief the Taliban could ever hope to have on their side.


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