USPACOM Admiral says US would be unable to respond to a crisis

While Obama wafts around Asia in an attempt to calm, console and reassure our allies there – especially as they see American weakness in the face of Putin’s belligerence — our own head of the U.S. Pacific Command believes America doesn’t have the resources to conduct amphibious assaults in the wake of a crisis, as it did during World War II.

In his Life of Reason, George Santanaya wrote, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It was just five short years after the cessation of hostile combat actions in the Pacific theater of World War II that the conflagration on the Korean peninsula began. General Douglas MacArthur endeavored to conduct a behind-the-lines amphibious operation at a place called Inchon. The operation had to be delayed due to a lack of amphibious capability, Marines and necessary craft. And it here we are all over again in the same region.

According to Adm. Samuel Locklear III, “To get Marines around effectively, they require all types of lift. They require the big amphibious ships, but they also require connectors (meaning landing craft and other amphibious vehicles). The lift is the enabler that makes that happen, so we wouldn’t be able to [successfully carry out a contested amphibious assault without additional resources],” as Stars and Stripes reported.

The admiral’s comments come only weeks after Capt. James Fannell, the chief of intelligence of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said that he believes China is training for war with Japan, according to the Washington Times “[We] concluded that the PLA has been given the new task to be able to conduct a short sharp war to destroy Japanese forces in the East China Sea following with what can only be expected a seizure of the Senkakus or even a southern Ryukyu [islands] — as some of their academics say,” the captain said in February after witnessing “massive” Chinese military exercises in the Pacific.

For perspective, just look at US Navy warship capability. During the Reagan years, the warship capability of America was at approximately 575 vessels. Currently that capability is around 283, and the Obama administration wants to take it down further towards 230. This is what Admiral Locklear III is referring to with the lift capacity for our maritime combat force, the United States Marines. As far as I know, the oceans haven’t shrunk and in the meantime, the Chinese are building their naval capacity.

However, at USPACOM, it’s not just a concern with the Navy. During a congressional hearing in March, Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the commander of U.N. and U.S. forces in Korea (still an active combat zone under an armistice), also questioned whether U.S. forces would be able to quickly counter a sudden large-scale offensive by North Korea.

So, as we watch President Obama expanding his carbon footprint, you have to ask, what is the end state and goal of his trip across the Asian-Pacific region? The assessments from his military commanders aren’t very reassuring but don’t expect the brilliant strategist Obama to listen to Commanders — after all, he knows everything, and his aura and persona is more than enough to quell any Machiavellian leader. How’s that working out so far?

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Wilecoyote
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USFK forces in Korea is not even a speed bump if the North Koreans decided to drive south…the 1 HBCT up north is nothing more than a trigger for US to get involved in another Korean war.

JR_atHome
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What do you mean another the first is not over.

Jupiter C.
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This is intolerable.

Larry Foster
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This is only one reason this POS needs to go.

djmc993150
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Fact is, Americans are more interested in social programs than their commitments abroad. Its time for all those allies who relied on us to start protecting themselves. Great job to the liberals and isolationists who want to hide their heads in the sand as the world smolders and ww3 sits on the horizon.

Del Scipio
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Why would I send aid to allies? I only send aid to enemies.

Pam
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How can we help our Allies when we can’t even help ourselves? This administration has totally devastated this country.

The_Patriot
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How soon before our Allies realize they are on their own. barry runs around the world on a scenic tour aka another vacation. Why?, because he can. He supports muslims and no one else and the Ukraine is proof enough. The send food to Ukraine and missiles to Al Qaeda in Syria. His excuse is he does not want to escalate hostilities with Russia, but that is exactly what he is doing in Syria. Russia supports Assad and barry support the Terrorists. All that does is escalate the confrontation with Russia

Reba
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Since they spoke up, you will soon see their retirements announced.

The_Patriot
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No doubt about that

Reba
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Yep! Maybe all the ones that have been kicked out and are still getting kicked out, will join the American Terrorists.

The_Patriot
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well it would be nice to have some knowledgeable military leaders leading the guys who leave the service, because they do not want any part of barry’s plans

Reba
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Yea, but you know what is strange to me; you never hear anything from the ones that were forced out by this administration.

The_Patriot
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Just because they don’t go public, does not mean they aren’t doing anything. I don’t want to speculate, but they took their oaths to the Constitution and that lasts for their whole life.
If I were a General I would work below the radar. Surprise is the best tactic

Reba
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From Navy Losing Sailors Article
Nick • 3 hours ago
I for one hope they keep it up. The local militias are swelling with competent former NCO’S, Officers and enlisted men who are absolutely sick of the liberal agenda. The regime’s social experimentation is only fueling it’s opposition.

The_Patriot
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good night see you tomorrow

Reba
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Good Night. Bad weather is moving in.

The_Patriot
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sounds good to me

First Sergeant Willis
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First Sergeant Willis

Obozo is setting the conditions for a US defeat. He has ensured we can not project the necessary force to honor our treaties and protect our allies. Just another part of the US needs to be shown we’re not the preeminent force any longer.

Donald Hall
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The United States will not be defeated, after defeating those who are setting us up for defeat! THEY LOOSE!

Frank Szabo
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Obama’s intent seems to be using our military to keep US citizens in line instead of protecting the country.

Klaus Fischer
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watch for Adm. Samuel Locklear to resign soon, the Emperor doesn’t like to be questioned

Jeff
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Have to cut the military to fund welfare.

Paul Sheridan
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I know nobody here wants to hear it because Obama is the socialist-muslim-antichrist or whatever but amphibious assault is probably going the way of the Dodo. Anti-ship missiles have just gotten too long ranged to make it practical anymore. The newer Russian and Chinese missiles can reach 1200 km and cover that distance in less than half an hour. This means that our amphibious assault ships WILL be targeted even if they launch their landing craft from maximum range. The Marines don’t want to admit that amphibious assault has become a suicide mission but it’s pretty much true.