How it must have pained Marine Corps General John Paxton to tell Congress that his service might not be prepared for war. Last week, the Assistant Commandant, who has racked up 42 of honorable military service, candidly admitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee that the US Marine Corps isn’t what it used to be. “I worry about the capability and the capacity to win in a major fight somewhere else right now,” said the general. He fretted over inadequate training and equipment particularly in the fields of communications, intelligence, and aviation.
Cynics might see Paxton’s testimony as a plea for more money, a quantity that isn’t usually forthcoming when no obvious shortcomings can be identified. Yet this rebuttal strikes me as an out-of-hand dismissal of Paxton’s concerns. It would also be uncharacteristic of the Marines, undoubtedly the proudest of the services, to denigrate themselves if it weren’t true. When a senior Marine officer describes the Corps as borderline dysfunctional, I believe him.
Nor is the Marine Corps alone in its negative self-assessment. Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley told Congress that his branch is prepared to do battle with ISIS—and no other potential adversary. The US would probably lose a war with China, according to General Milley. Or with Russia, North Korea, or Iran. According to an Associated Press article: “Mark Milley says years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, constrained budgets and troop cuts have had a cumulative effect on the service.” Essentially, our military is capable of defeating the guys Obama described as the JV team but not a conventional force of any heft. Pathetic.
How’s the Air Force faring? If recent trends are any indicator, it may soon be incapable of fulfilling its raison d’être—air superiority. It’s been a very long time since America has gone to war without first asserting absolute dominion over the sky. Air superiority will probably be more difficult to establish in coming years as other nations, particularly China and Russia, fortify their air defenses with new technologies while we continue to fly 1970’s-era F-15s and F-16s as our primary fighters.
Air Force General Frank Gorenc, who commands NATO Allied Air Command, US Air Forces Europe and US Air Forces Africa, is not confident that US forces will be able to achieve and maintain air superiority in future conflicts. “The advantage that we had from the air, I can honestly say, is shrinking. . . . This is not just a Pacific problem. It’s as significant in Europe as it is anywhere else on the planet . . . . I don’t think it’s controversial to say [Russia has] closed the gap in capability.”
I don’t believe that any of these generals—Paxton, Milley, or Gorenc—takes pride in admitting this sorry state of affairs because it is essentially an admission of failure. Duty nonetheless dictates that they tell it like it is. They’re playing with the hand they were dealt and I doubt anyone else could do it better.
It doesn’t help that their commander-in-chief pretends not to hear what they’re saying. Just two months ago, President Obama delivered a State of the Union address in which he pooh-poohed the very idea that our armed forces are languishing in disrepair. Said Obama: “I told you earlier all the talk of America’s economic decline is political hot air. Well, so is all the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker. The United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth. Period. It’s not even close. We spend more on our military than the next eight nations combined.” (Emphasis added.)
What a dolt. Surely he can’t believe that our military’s combat effectiveness can be measured in dollars spent? The measure of any endeavor is always results. His argument reminds me that, once upon a time, Mr. Obama was just a left-wing community activist. He still sounds like one.
Didn’t President Obama consult his top military leaders before including that remark in his speech? If he had they would have told him what they told Congress last week—namely, that the military is woefully unprepared. If we rule out the possibility that he’s never had such a conversation with the brass then we must conclude that he flippantly dismissed what they told him, probably with the same nifty factoid about military expenditures that he used at the State of the Union. Obama clearly didn’t listen to his advisors because they told him something he didn’t want to hear.
Or is there another possibility? Could it be that this president knows quite well how much the military has atrophied under his administration and he’s pleased with it? In order to prove such a claim definitively I would have to get into his mind to determine his true motives, which I obviously can’t do. There’s nothing in his public statements to indicate a hostility toward the military, though there’s enough anecdotal evidence to indicate a casual disrespect, such as his now infamous latte salute and the completely unreasonable rules of engagement he imposed on combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is a man with no military experience and it shows.
He’s also the president who opened all combat positions to women. That alone would have been a mistake but of course his administration exerted downward pressure to get women into elite units such as the Army Rangers without actually requiring them to meet standards. After two women “passed” the Ranger course this summer, it came to light that they had received special assistance and unlimited opportunities to reattempt portions of the course that they had failed. “We were under huge pressure to comply,” said one Ranger instructor. “It was very much politicized.”
It seems that Obama likes the military only as a production line for historic “firsts” that he can take credit for. He’s the guy who gave us the first two female Rangers and the first openly homosexual service secretary, Eric K. Fanning. Just last week Obama nominated another “first”—the first female combatant commander, Air Force General Lori Robinson. I’m not necessarily saying that General Robinson is unqualified for the job though the fact that she was nominated by Obama, a man of unspeakably poor judgement, suggests that she’s probably a hot mess. I am however saying that if she’s truly the best candidate for the job then her sex shouldn’t matter. But to Barack Obama, it matters quite a bit because her nomination provided another “first” for his presidential legacy. Isn’t that what the military is for?
If you want to know what Barack Obama thinks about the military, look to the man he claimed as a mentor in his first memoir “Dreams From My Father”—Frank Marshall Davis, a card-carrying member of the Communist Party. Davis first became a member of the CPUSA during the Stalin era, as well as during the time of the Comintern when all communist parties around the globe met periodically in Moscow to receive their marching orders. Davis was a determined opponent of US foreign policy, especially the Marshall Plan and NATO, and he hated the US military which he saw as a global force for evil. To believe that the president doesn’t share even a hint of this hostility toward our armed forces is to say that Barack the protégé learned nothing from Frank the mentor, a conclusion I find plainly absurd.
If that doesn’t convince you, look at some of his other influences, such as his pastor, the anti-American firebrand Jeremiah Wright, as well as his heroes Saul Alinsky, Desmond Tutu, and the communist terrorist Nelson Mandela. Obama has always admired people who hate US military power but we’re supposed to believe that he doesn’t.
Our military has fallen on tough times and it will be up to the next president to rehabilitate it. Whether the harm that has befallen our military is the result of mere neglect or actual malfeasance is difficult to determine though I wouldn’t rule out the latter.
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BREAKING NEWS Out Of Alabama! Roy Moore Was RIGHT – Let The Riots Begin!
Alabama has found themselves the home of the most hotly debated Senatorial election in decades. The special election to replace newly appointed Trump cabinet member Jeff Sessions took a dark turn when women came out of the woodwork to accuse Republican candidate Roy Moore of sexual impropriety.
Both sides of the political aisle were very interested in this election because of the slim majority that rules the Senate right now. President Trump made a point of telling the people of Alabama how important to his agenda Moore’s right-leaning vote would be, and Obama supported Doug Jones, telling his fans that anything is better than another Republican in Washington.
The results of Tuesday’s special election were close, with Jones being declared the winner by 1.5% of the vote. With the law requiring that the winner have a margin of at least half a percent, even a few thousand votes could have invalidated the results. Because of that close margin, and an acute awareness of what Democrats are willing to do to win, Moore wasn’t ready to give up right away, and it turns out he was right.
In the hours following Jones being declared the winner, not only did the news come out that the state of Alabama hadn’t even counted their military votes, but other snapshots of voter fraud started to emerge. Multiple news outlets started to cry foul after what started as a suspicion see,ed to be confirmed by individuals bragging about committing voter fraud. InfoWars posted a video of individuals at a Jones rally, bragging about coming from out of state to vote for “their boy”:
“Claims of voter fraud in Alabama are swirling after a man was caught on camera appearing to reveal that supporters of Democrat Doug Jones ‘came from different parts of the country’ to vote for him.
The clip was captured by Fox10 News after it was confirmed that Jones had defeated Republican Roy Moore.
Asked, ‘Why are you excited to see this victory?,’ the man responds, “Because we came here all the way from different parts of the country as part of our fellowship and all of us pitched in to vote and canvas together and we got our boy elected!'”
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) December 14, 2017
It’s unclear whether the individual is referring to people being transported in to campaign for Jones or to actually vote for him, which would be illegal.”
It’s hard to say what would be more likely, that these people would come from all around the country, just to carry signs and show their support, or that they would justify any means necessary to keep Moore from getting into office. Regardless, many think that it’s plenty to warrant an investigation. Preferably one that would take place before Jones is officially sworn into office, which is already being hurried by nervous Democrats.
“’Even the girl next to him knows that he has let the cat out of the bag,’ commented one Twitter user.
The clip is going viral, with one version having racked up almost 300,000 views on Facebook.
Roy Moore is continuing to refuse to concede the election, commenting, ‘In this race, we have not received the final count to include military and provisional ballots. This has been a very close race and we are awaiting certification by the secretary of state.’
If Moore reduces Jones’ 1.5 percentage advantage to within 0.5% after the military ballots have been counted, this will trigger an automatic recount which will be paid for by the state government.”
Ironically, when the election was still unsure, liberals were themselves saying that the results were unfair. Prissy Holly of Freedom Daily reported just hours after the results came in on the myriad of excuses that liberals had in the chamber to say that the results were unfairly going toward Moore. Just one example is an old standby; white supremacy:
“In the article, the website asserted that ‘white supremacy’ was preventing black citizens from being able to take to the polls, that no doubt got the black populace fired up just in time to go cast their votes for Jones before the race ended. Here’s a short excerpt of their ridiculous story, where they claimed that ‘white supremacists’ were requiring ‘poor blacks’ from being able to vote because they were required to show an ID.
‘Alabama has a long history of suppressing the votes dating back at least to 1901 when the state passed a new constitution whose main purpose was to deny African Americans the right to vote,’ they whined. ‘In 2011, the Republican-controlled state legislature passed a law that all voters must have a photo ID, which immediately disenfranchised many rural and poor Blacks.'”
Alabama has been sending Republicans to Washington for a very long time, and Roy Moore, despite the allegations leveled against him, has been a much loved Republican for a very long time. If you’re still doubtful that Democrats would do anything to win, then you might want to check and see if there is any sand in your ears. And if you know that they would, you’re just not sure if they did, maybe an investigation into these claims would clear all of that up.
No one wants the will of the people to be carried out more than a real conservative, we just want to make sure it’s the people who live in Alabama, not whoever was paid to show up and cast a vote.
BREAKING! Trump Pulls Off MAJOR UPSET! They Are PISSED…THIS IS SO HUGE!!!
President Donald Trump has been on a winning streak ever since taking off for his first overseas trip as Commander-in-Chief. He returned home to business as usual for the leader of the most powerful nation in the world, who is also on a mission to block our borders from unwelcome refugees and illegals. He didn’t miss a beat returning to his duties.
The president was recently presented with an incredible surprise of who could be paying for one of his most important campaign promises and you won’t believe who just came up as the most unlikely financier. The only thing that’s been holding America’s safety and security back is the ability to fund it, which could soon not be a problem any longer and fulfill a long overdue need much quicker than originally thought.
The fight over who will foot the $12-$15 billion to fund Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall is no longer an issue after one person could be forced to pony up the bill for it under the most ironic of circumstances. News is breaking right now from one of the most outspoken advocates of the border wall outside of President Donald Trump, who just dropped a bomb to solve the funding problem with one simple solution.
The money for the wall is already in America’s possession, we just need to get permission to use it now and the one who it belongs to has no say in the matter. You could call Senator Ted Cruz the best problem-solver with devising the perfect solution to get moving on one of Trump’s biggest and most important campaign promises.
“Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced a bill calling for the use of $14 billion seized from cartel drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman to be used to pay for the President’s border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.”
It makes perfect sense since one of the world’s largest drug cartel leaders benefitted by the billions in an open border. Now that he’s in custody, it’s only fair that the “blood money” in holding go to good use against Chapo’s cause and Cruz is a genius for proposing this idea.
“Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way toward building a wall that will keep Americans safe and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals across our southern border,” Senator Cruz said, as was reported by Breitbart Texas who received a statement from the senator’s office on the matter. “Ensuring the safety and security of Texans is one of my top priorities.”
The entire objective of the border wall is to dramatically slow the flow of drugs and crime into America through avenues established by El Chapo. His forfeited drug money fortune will “offset the wall’s cost and make meaningful progress toward achieving President Trump’s stated border security objectives,” Cruz’s statement continued.
The bill, appropriately dubbed the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO), was introduced by Cruz on Tuesday and with any luck will get a lot of conservative support. Of course, liberals are greatly against the idea of a wall, preaching for breaking down walls of communication rather than building them. This Utopian idea can’t and won’t work as El Chapo proves with his billions of dollars and thousands of lives lost to his enterprise.
“The U.S. Government is currently seeking the criminal forfeiture of more than $14 billion in drug proceeds and illicit profits from El Chapo, the former leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel who was recently extradited to the U.S. to face criminal prosecution for numerous alleged drug-related crimes, including conspiracy to commit murder and money laundering,” Cruz stated, Breitbart reports.
Breitbart Texas’ Ildefonso Ortiz reports that “As part of the agreement with Mexico, Guzman will not face the death penalty in the U.S. for his crimes.” This makes the money usage even better since he has to live holed up in a jail cell for the rest of his life and know what all of his money is being siphoned into. Just because the kingpin is out, doesn’t mean that his cartel network is, which is still in operation breaching our border. It couldn’t be better than to make their boss pay for the wall that’s needed because of him and shut the whole drug and crime funnel down for good.
BREAKING: Trey Gowdy Just Did It – Rot In Prison You Miserable Person!
This is it!
Representative Trey Gowdy is one person in Washington D.C. that not many people would want to go head to head with, and for a good reason. Gowdy has built his career on being a strong litigator while serving in South Carolina as a prosecutor trying some of the state’s hardest cases. Gowdy then put his skills to a better use when he decided to run for S.C. Representative and has used his litigation expertise to root out corruption in Washington.
So, on Wednesday, Trey “Pitbull” Gowdy interviewed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein before the House Judiciary Committee concerning the conflicts of interest and corruption within the Department of Justice and FBI. Instead of giving Rosenstein a pass after it was discovered that Robert Mueller’s team was hardly unbiased, Gowdy ripped into Rosenstein in an epic 6-minute tirade that you have to see to believe.
In the video, Trey Gowdy starts pointing out the very reason a Special Counsel was even appointed was to have an investigation that was not riddled with special interests. However, that has hardly been the case ever since Robert Mueller was tapped to head this witchhunt into President Trump almost a year ago.
In fact, the team that Mueller assembled to look into any criminal wrongdoings of the President of the United States is mired in corruption and bias to none other than Hillary Clinton. Trey Gowdy brings up the point that the demoted D.O.J. official Bruce Ohr and his wife worked for Fusion GPS.
Then Gowdy went on an impressive rant concerning Trump-hating FBI agent Strzok and read some of the text messages he sent his FBI lawyer mistress Lisa Page.
“This ‘conflict of interest-free’ senior agent of the FBI can’t think of a single solitary American who would vote for Donald Trump!” Gowdy said.
“These are the people who we were told we needed for a ‘conflict of interest-free’ investigation?” Gowdy asked.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 13, 2017
Of course, Rosenstein kept insisting that there was no witchhunt after President Trump, but those text messages imply something else entirely. Fox News reported on those nasty messages yesterday in a shocking report that shows just how deep the corruption in this so-called Special Counsel really goes.
Text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page in 2016 that were obtained by Fox News on Tuesday refer to then-candidate Donald Trump as a “loathsome human” and “an idiot.”
More than 10,000 texts between Strzok and Page were being reviewed by the Justice Department after Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe after it was revealed that some of them contained anti-Trump content.
The messages were sent during the 2016 campaign and contain discussions about various candidates. On March 2, Strzok texted Page that someone “asked me who I’d vote for, guessed [Ohio Gov. John] Kasich.”
“Seriously?! Would you not [vote] D[emocrat]?” Page responded.
“I don’t know,” Strzok answered. “I suppose Hillary [Clinton].”
“I would [vote] D,” Page affirmed.
Two days later, Page texted Strzok, “God, Trump is a loathsome human.”
“Yet he many[sic] win,” Strzok responded. “Good for Hillary.”
Later the same day, Strzok texted Page, “Omg [Trump’s] an idiot.”
“He’s awful,” Page answered.
“America will get what the voting public deserves,” said Strzok, to which Page responded. “That’s what I’m afraid of.”
Later that same day, Strzok texted Page, “Ok I may vote for Trump.”
“What?” answered Page. “Poor Kasich. He’s the only sensible man up there.”
“He was pretty much calling for death for [NSA leaker] Edward Snowden,” Strzok said. “I’m a single-issue voter. 😉 Espionage Machine Party.”
Strzok later told Page, “Exacty [sic] re Kasich. And he has ZERO appeal.”
Twelve days later, after Trump took a commanding lead in the Republican delegate race with victories in key “Super Tuesday” primaries, Page texted Strzok, “I can not believe Donald Trump is likely to be an actual, serious candidate for president.”
Four months later, Strzok and Page exchanged messages mocking Trump and his family at the Republican National Convention.
“Oooh, TURN IT ON, TURN IT ON!!! THE DO*CHEBAGS ARE ABOUT TO COME OUT,” Strzok texted Page on July 19. “You can tell by the excitable clapping.”
Later, Strzok reached out to Page again, saying, “Omg. You listening to npr? Apparently Melania’s speech had passages lifted from Michelle Obama’s…Unbelievable.”
“NO WAY!” Page answered, adding “God, it’s just a two-bit organization. I do so hope his disorganization comes to bite him hard in November.”
On Aug. 6, Page texted Strzok a New York Times article about Muslim lawyer Khzir Khan, who became embroiled in a war of words with Trump after Khan spoke at the Democratic National Convention.
“Jesus. You should read this. And Trump should go f himself,” Page wrote in a message attached to the article.
“God that’s a great article,” Strzok answered. “Thanks for sharing. And F TRUMP.”
Now, these are the people that are supposed to be looking into corruption, but seem to be pulling for the other guy, how is that supposed to work?
The whole reason why Jeff Sessions recused himself from looking into this ridiculous Russian collusion charade was so that there was not an appearance of bias, yet here we are with all sorts of prejudice and special interests. This entire investigation needs to be shut down and let go since it is evident that there is no proof of wrongdoing by Trump, but there is plenty of evidence of impropriety by Mueller and his team.
Thank God there are people like Trey Gowdy still in office willing to push for the truth and fight for the American people.
H/T [Fox News]
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