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Military Experts At The Times

The NY Times has an editorial today explaining what needs to be done to “fix” the US Military that Donald Rumsfeld “destroyed”. Thank goodness we have the military experts behind the desks at the Times to advise us on proper staffing and equipping our troops. What would we do without them? Of course you know by now that it’s time for The Skipper to go on a fisking rampage. Everyone stand clear ...

The Army We Need
EDITORIAL - (NY TIMES) - November 19, 2006

One welcome dividend of Donald Rumsfeld’s departure from the Pentagon is that the United States will now have a chance to rebuild the Army he spent most of his tenure running down.

That’s odd. When Rumsfeld took over the DoD in 2001, US troop strength was down to one-third of what it had been when Clinton took office, yet no mention of how Slick Willie slashed the military budget and drove a lot of veterans out with the push to bring homosexuals into the forces..

Mr. Rumsfeld didn’t like the lessons the Army drew from Vietnam — that politicians should not send American troops to fight a war of choice unless they went in with overwhelming force, a clearly defined purpose and strong domestic backing. He didn’t like the Clintonian notion of using the United States military to secure and rebuild broken states.

Ahh, the Clintonian notion of rebulding broken nation states. Do you mean like Bosnia (where we still have 3,000 troops stuck in that Clintonian quagmire?) or Somalia where Muslim warlords are even now rampaging across the countryside after Clinton pulled out at the first sign of blood?

And when circumstances in Afghanistan and Iraq called for just the things Mr. Rumsfeld didn’t like, he refused to adapt, letting the Army, and American interests, pay the price for his arrogance.

Oddly enough, I seem to recall Rumsfeld mentioning something about “going to war with the Army you have instead of the Army you wish you had”. It seems to me he was trying to make up for a decade of negligence while the Times, the rest of the media and the anti-war Left kept screaming “pull out” and barking about cutting defense spending so money could be spent on social programs that were being “neglected”.

Congress also needs to work harder at rebuilding the links between the battlefront and the home front that a healthy democracy needs. That does not require reinstating the draft — a bad idea for military as well as political reasons. It requires a Congress willing to resume its proper constitutional role in debating and deciding essential questions of war and peace. If Congress continues to shirk that role, expanding the ground forces would invite some future administration to commit American forces recklessly to dubious wars of choice.

Hehehe. I just knew they’d get that one in there sooner or later. Yeah, that’s just what we need - more oversight and contentious inquiries from 435 argumentative idiots who couldn’t keep a secret if their lives depended on it, in spite of the fact that the Constitution explicitly assigns the task of commanding US forces in war to the Executive branch. Congress is supposed to approve or disapprove war, provide funds and then ... shut the f**k up and let the President do his job. What part of that does the Times not understand?

A force totaling 575,000 would permit the creation of two new divisions for peacekeeping and stabilization missions, a doubling of special operations forces and the addition of 10,000 to the military police to train and supplement local police forces. The Marine Corps, currently 175,000, needs to be expanded to at least 180,000 and shifted from long-term occupation duties toward its real vocation as a tactical assault force ready for rapid deployment.

And just where does the Times propose to get all these new warm bodies from? The Democrats, the anti-war lobby and the MSM (including the Times itself) have brainwashed our young men into believing that going into the military is only for dummies. Colleges refuse to allow recruiters on campus, thanks to these naysayers mentioned above. Perhaps the Times has in mind building several divisions from all those illegal immigrants? Since they don’t speak English, maybe they can be tricked into taking the job that the pampered children of the Times’ editors now attending school at Harvard won’t do?

If the new Pentagon leaders and the new Congress are prepared to take on the military contracting lobbies, they could take as much as $60 billion now going to Air Force fighters, Navy destroyers and Army systems designed for the conventional battlefield and shift it to training and equipping more soldiers for unconventional warfare. America cannot afford to dribble away money on corporate subsidies disguised as military necessities.

Yes, let’s blame it all on the contractors and take money away from the branches of the military that are having no problems whatsoever. There isn’t an Air Force or Navy anywhere in the world that can stand up to ours, yet the Times thinks we should cut them off at the knees to pay for all those new Mexican recruits we really need?

Congress also needs to hold the executive branch accountable for the use of American troops abroad. Administration officials must be pressed to explain intelligence claims and offer plausible strategies.

Yep, we sure don’t want to let some future President let us get sucked into Bosnia, Somalia or Haiti again, do we? We need to hold the President accountable for sure. No longer can we allow the President to send thousands of troops into the middle of a quagmire in places like the Balkans and place them under jerkoff UN commanders with no more reason given than “I did not have sex with that woman.”

Rebuilding the Army and Marine Corps is an overdue necessity. But it is only the first step toward repairing the damage done to America’s military capacities and credibility over the past six years.

In conclusion, the esteemed editors at the N YTimes would like to hammer home the point that it’s all Bush and Rumsfeld’s fault. Clinton had nothing to do with chopping the force strength to one-third of what he inherited and the Leftists in the MSM and on college campuses obviously had nothing to do with forcing homosexuals into the military, along with forcing the military to include women in front-line units. No that might have damaged “capacities and credibility” and only Bush could have done that by actually winning a war on terror in spite of the continued efforts of the Left to lose it.

In fact, this whole editorial is a disingenuous piece of s**t and reeks of bias. Distortions of the truth, revising history and spreading of misinformation to the idiots on the Left who are gullible enough to believe all this tripe - all of this is way out of line. It’s too bad we can’t drag the editors of the Times in front of a court martial.

If printing the truth and keeping the American people honestly informed is their assigned task, then they are definitely guilty of dereliction of duty and deserve an Article 15 at the very least. Perhaps a six-month sentence to Gitmo might be in order. Court is adjourned. Sergeant-At-Arms, escort the guilty parties to the loading dock for transfer to Cuba.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/19/2006 at 06:42 PM   
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