We’ve shared here on several occasions the “deplorable” state of readiness for our U.S. military — especially our combat aviation platforms. Just yesterday we reported on a serous concern with Special Operations parachute training. And you know the rest — our military is searching out boneyards and museums for aviation spare parts, does not have a CVBG on station in the Persian Gulf, our Warriors are having to purchase their own gear, and we’re losing combat fighter pilots, regardless of additional pay bonuses.
Now, we sadly share with you even more horrific information, about which our enemies are no doubt overjoyed.
As reported by Defense News, “The U.S. Navy’s F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet strike fighters are the tip of the spear, embodying most of the fierce striking power of the aircraft carrier strike group.
But nearly two-thirds of the fleet’s strike fighters can’t fly — grounded because they’re either undergoing maintenance or simply waiting for parts or their turn in line on the aviation depot backlog.
Overall, more than half the Navy’s aircraft are grounded, most because there isn’t enough money to fix them. Additionally, there isn’t enough money to fix the fleet’s ships, and the backlog of ships needing work continues to grow. Overhauls — “availabilities” in Navy parlance — are being canceled or deferred, and when ships do come in they need longer to refit. Every carrier overall for at least three years has run long, and some submarines are out of service for prolonged periods, as much as four years or more. One submarine, the Boise, has lost its diving certification and can’t operate pending shipyard work. Leaders claim that if more money doesn’t become available, five more submarines will be in the same state by the end of this year.”
Our venerable U.S. Navy, a “Global Force for Good” is falling apart. And Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot, what the hell was former SecNavy, Ray Mabus, doing these past years? Everyone is touting Mabus as the longest running SecNav in U.S. history — so what? All measurable criteria shows just how much he sucked at the job.
Perhaps Mabus should have been more focused on the readiness of the force instead of supporting Barack Obama’s social egalitarianism and engineering agenda. Maybe if Mabus had taken the time to push back on the progressive socialist “fairness doctrine” and concern about transgenders and other happy happy, joy joy, feel good bovine excrement we wouldn’t be in this mess.
Where was Mabus when the U.S. Sailors were put on their knees at gun point by the Iranians? Where was Mabus when the Iranian fast boats were harassing our naval vessels in the Persian Gulf? Where was Mabus when the Russians were buzzing our naval warships in the international waters of the Baltic Sea countless times in a 48-hour period?
Sure, we’ll have the yellow belly slackers of the liberal progressive left who’d rather take the position of John Kerry…thanking the Iranians for taking our Sailors hostage at gun point. You know — we don’t want to upset people and end up having to fight — that’s the Mabus progressive socialist way. The left pounds its chest because folks like Bradley Manning will go free, after certifiably endangering the lives of many due to the treasonous act of releasing over 700,000 classified documents.
We shared here the fact that Barack Obama was the first U.S. president to spend more on welfare nanny-state, dependency society programs, than on our military. And when you bring up this fact, these facts, the retort of the left is anger, and demeaning castigations…but they never refute the facts. They just do not like being faced with the truth. And the truth is Barack Obama and his henchmen degraded our military capability and capacity — but then again, we know truth to the left is like sunlight for a vampire.
Why, oh why is it that the progressive left over the past eight years was more concerned with expanding the welfare state than providing for our common defense? It’s simple. The more folks the left has dependent on them through welfare subsistence checks, the greater their electoral base.
Recently we shared here the difference in active and passive verbs when it comes to “providing for the common defense” as opposed to “promoting the general welfare.” And the anecdotal proof of their spending folly is apparent.
As a matter of fact, in his work, “The Law,” Frederic Bastiat wrote about misguided philanthropy by government as a means to economically enslave the people, and extend its control. Let’s ask ourselves a very honest question — and I’d like to believe our leftist detractors would agree — what good is it for our Republic if we have more Americans on welfare, receiving food stamps, in poverty, while we have two-thirds of our Naval aviation combat fleet grounded and can’t fly? Is this what we want as a Nation, our military grounded into ineffectiveness, but more Americans awaiting a government subsistence check, more Americans in government subsidized housing? Is this the country we want?
“The Navy can’t get money to move around service members and their families to change assignments, and about $440 million is needed to pay sailors. And the service claims 15 percent of its shore facilities are in failed condition — awaiting repair, replacement or demolition. Yet, for now, money is tight, due to several years of declining budgets mandated first by the Obama administration, then Congress, and to the chronic inability of lawmakers to provide uninterrupted funds to the military services and the government at large. Budgets have been cut despite no slackening in the demand for the fleet’s services; and the Navy, to preserve shipbuilding funds, made a conscious choice to slash maintenance and training budgets rather than eliminate ships, which take many years to build and can’t be produced promptly even when funding becomes available.”
So we cannot pay our Sailors, but hell hath no fury like a progressive socialist being told welfare benefits will be cut…even to those here illegally or using for purposes other than intended.
The whole sequestration failure has meant a cut to our operating forces and their families — but not if you’re part of the civilian defense bureaucracy. We also reported on the Pentagon-directed study that found $125 billion of wasteful civilian staff spending at the Pentagon — more than enough to make sure our Sailors are paid.
There’s no excuse for this, and further demonstrates why we need not “civilian control” of our military, but adult leadership.
Barack Obama and Ray Mabus failed the men and women of our U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. Then again, Eric Fanning and Deborah Lee James did no better with my Army and the Air Force.
Ok President Trump, what next? And sir, stop keeping these doggone Obama folks as holdovers in your administration, especially in our Department of Defense.