Washington Times: The U.S. military is shedding so many troops and weapons it is only “marginally able” to defend the nation and falls short of the Obama administration’s national security strategy, says a new report by The Heritage Foundation Tuesday.
“The U.S. military itself is aging. It’s shrinking in size,” said Dakota Wood, a Heritage analyst. “And it’s quickly becoming problematic in terms of being able to address more than one major conflict.”
President Obama’s latest strategy to size the armed force pledged in 2014 that the four military branches have sufficient troops, ships, tanks and aircraft to win a large war, while simultaneously acting to “deny the objectives of––or impose unacceptable costs on––another aggressor in another region.”
In other words, the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) says the military can essential fight two major conflicts at once. It could defeat an invasion of South Korea by the North, for example, and stop Russia from invading Western Europe or Iran from conquering a Persian Gulf state.
But Heritage’s “2015 Index of U.S. Military Strength” took a look, in detail, at units and weapons, region by region, and came to a different conclusion.
“The U.S. military is rapidly approaching a one-war capable force,” said Mr. Wood, a former Marine Corps officer and strategic planner. “So [it is] able to handle a major war and then having just a bit of residual capability to handle other minor crises that might pop up…But it is a far cry from being a two-war force.”
“The consistent decline in funding and the consequent shrinking of the force are putting it under significant pressure,” the report concluded. “The cumulative effect of such factors has resulted in a U.S. military that is marginally able to meet the demands of defending America’s vital national interests.”
The index report is part scorecard, part research tool. It grades the Army, which is shrinking from 570,000 soldiers to 440,000 or lower, and the Navy, which is failing to a achieve a 300-ship Navy, as only “marginal” in military power. The Air Force’s fleet of fighters and long-range bombers is judged “strong.”
Here is an example of why Heritage says the military cannot fight two wars at once:
The report said the Army historically commits 21 Brigade Combat Teams to one war. Several years ago, that left just 21 more brigades for a second war, and none for strategic reserve. But the problem is more acute. The Army announced in 2013 it may go as low as 33 brigades, far short of the 50 brigades Heritage says are needed.
The Army has been battered by automatic budget cuts known as “sequestration.” A bipartisan budget deal provided some relief last year, but the slashing could come back in 2016 without another agreement.
Gen. Raymond Odierno, Army chief of staff, has said that if the active force is squeezed down to 420,000 soldiers it could not carry out all global commitments.
The Navy would need 346 ships to carry out two large campaigns, Heritage said, but its fleet is only 284.
At the report’s unveiling, Rep. Randy Forbes, Virginia Republican, talked of all the technological advancements that led to complete air superiority in the 1991 Desert Storm over Iraq.
Today, the Air Force, said the House Armed Services Committee member, “would say we are dangerously close to no longer being able to guarantee that air dominance that we could guarantee in Kuwait.”
“If you listen to the Army, they will give testimony they can no longer guarantee––you talk about two wars––they testified they can’t guarantee that we could win one war,” Mr. Forbes said. “The Navy will tell you if we get to 260 ships we cease to be a super power. We become a regional power.”
The Pentagon’s base budget, minus overseas war costs, has decreased under Mr. Obama, from $527 billion in 2010 to about $496 billion in each of the last three budgets. The president is asking for an increase in 2016 to $534 billion.
“The enemies that we have out there and competitors are making very smart investments accounting for their strategic objectives and interests,” Mr. Wood said.
But Barack Obama simply refuses to call the Islamic State, who now controls a third of Syria, as either Islamic or a state. Instead, in his speech of Sept. 10, 2014 and since, he calls ISIS jihadists — who have been slaughtering Christians in Iraq, Syria, and most recently beheading 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya — generic “terrorists.”
Incredibly, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf recently proclaimed that America can’t win against the Islamic State “by killing them” and ought instead to focus on addressing their root problem of a poor economy and a lack of job opportunities.
While treating the jihadists with denial and kid gloves, Obama doesn’t hesitate to identify millions of “right wing” Americans as “extremist terrorists,” the latest example being an intelligence assessment by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Evan Perez and Wes Bruer report for CNN, Feb. 20, 2015, that a new intelligence assessment, circulated by the DHS this month, focuses on the “domestic terror threat from right-wing sovereign citizen extremists,” who reject government authority, carry out sporadic terror attacks on police, and threaten to attack other government buildings.
Some federal and local law enforcement groups view the domestic terror threat from sovereign citizen groups as equal to — and in some cases greater than — the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups, such as ISIS.
Note: The sovereign citizen movement is a loosely affiliated group of Americans who believe they are free people and reject many elements of federal, state and local governance, including, but not limited to, taxation.According to Colorado Prowers County Undersheriff Ron Trowbridge, he was told at a Colorado State Police training session on April 1, 2013, that sovereign citizen groups include Americans who believe the United States was founded on godly principles and “fundamentalist” Christianswho take the Bible literally. (See Trail Dust’s “Have you ever heard of a ‘Sovereign Citizen’?“)
The DHS report, produced in coordination with the FBI, defines sovereign citizens as “extremists” who believe they can ignore laws and that their individual rights are under attack in routine daily instances such as a traffic stop or being required to obey a court order. The report counts 24 “violent” sovereign citizen-related attacks across the U.S. since 2010, including:
In 2012, a father and son allegedly engaged in a shootout with police in Louisiana in which two officers were killed and several others wounded. The confrontation began with an officer pulling them over for a traffic violation. The men were sovereign citizen “extremists” who claimed police had no authority over them.
In 2013, a man who held anti-government views carried out a shooting attack on three Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees at Los Angeles International Airport, killing one TSA officer.
In 2014, a couple killed two police officers and a bystander at a Las Vegas Walmart store.
Other findings in the DHS intelligence assessment include:
An expectation that sovereign citizen “violence during 2015 will occur most frequently during routine law enforcement encounters at a suspect’s home, during enforcement stops and at government offices.”
“Law enforcement officers will remain the primary target of (sovereign citizen) violence over the next year due to their role in physically enforcing laws and regulations.”
Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center, said that by some estimates, there are as many as 300,000 people involved in some way with sovereign citizen extremism, with a core of perhaps 100,000. Potok says sovereign citizen groups have attracted support because of poor economic conditions. Some groups travel the country pitching their ideology as a way to help homeowners escape foreclosure or get out of debt by simply ignoring the courts and bankruptcy law.
While groups like ISIS and al Qaeda garner the most attention, for many local cops, the danger is closer to home. A survey last year of state and local law enforcement officers listed “sovereign citizen terrorists” as the top domestic terror threat, ahead of foreign Islamists and domestic militia groups. The survey was part of a study produced by the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.
2nd and 3rd from left: Imam Abdisalam Adam of the Islamic Civil Society of America and Imam Sheikh Sa’ad Musse Roble
The DHS intelligence assessment coincides with the Obama administration’s convening of a White House summit on fighting “violent extremism” last week.
Penny Starr reports for CNS News, Feb. 19, 2015, that the second day of the summit had opened with a Muslim prayer by an imam, Sheikh Sa’ad Musse Roble of the Minneapolis’ World Peace [sic] Organization, following remarks by Obama administration officials and Democratic members of Congress. No other faiths were represented.
This is not the first time that the DHS identifies “right wing” Americans as “domestic terrorists.
In 2012, a DHS-funded study, Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States, 1970-2008 — by the same University of Maryland National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism that conducted the 2014 survey of state and local police officers — characterized Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority” and “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing” terrorists.
In fact, University of Maryland’s National Consortium was launched with the aid of DHS, that is, taxpayers’, funding to the tune of $12 million.
This is VERY IMPORTANT, sobering, and downright frightening, so please make time to read it. The West has become so secular and post-modern relativists, we are incredulous about people who genuinely, truly are ideological/religious fanatics. Our politicians and opinion leaders made that mistake with Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and they are doing it again with ISIS or the Islamic State.
Read and listen to what ISIS says! Put simply, ISIS is bat sh*t crazy. Not only are they Islamic, they are fundamentalist in their beliefs. Not only are they fundamentalist Muslims, determined to return the world to the medieval ages and committed to the grotesque barbarism wielded by Mohammad (beheadings, crucifixions, slavery), ISIS is apocalyptic in their beliefs. They are convinced the end times are near, and that the Islamic State is an instrument to bring on the apocalypse.
Please read and forward/disseminate via email & social media. Do it for your lives and those of your loved ones.
In his bestseller book, People of the Lie, the late psychiatrist M. Scott Peck, M.D., wrote that just as physicians must first properly diagnose and name a disease in order to cure it, we must first name a problem in order to combat it.
Although ISIS/ISIL calls itself the Islamic State, President Barack Obama refuses to identify the group that now controls a third of Syria as either Islamic or a state. Instead, in his speech of Sept. 10, 2014 and since, he calls the Muslim jihadists — who have been slaughtering Christians in Iraq, Syria, and most recently beheading 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya — generic “terrorists.”
Taking their cue from Obama, U.S. media like NBC News also call ISIS “terrorists,” absent any qualifying adjective. And although he denounced the beheading of the Coptic Christians and called them “martyrs,” Pope Francis similarly refuses to identify their killers as…
Islamic jihadists have been looting, torturing, and killing Christians in the Middle East, Africa (esp. Nigeria), and across the world. The jihadist terror organization ISIS (aka ISIL; IS or the Islamic State), in particular, has been slaughtering Christians across the Middle East. The result is that Christianity is going extinct in the Middle East, its birth place.
But it took ISIS’s beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians to finally penetrate the MSM’s news wall.
The Coptic Church is founded on the teachings of St. Mark who took Christianity to Egypt during the reign of the Roman emperor Nero. Christians make up only 10% of Egyptian’s predominantly Muslim population.
Three days ago on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, ISIS’s Al-Hayat Media Center released a gruesome video, “A Message signed with blood to the nation of the cross,” on the Twitter feed of a website that supports ISIS.
Comment: ISIS, which suddenly emerged out of nowhere mere months ago, has a Media Center!
The video shows 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in orange jumpsuits, whom ISIS had taken hostage last December, being forced to kneel on a beach in Libya before they were beheaded. Each of the victims is paired with a masked, knife-wielding “terrorist.”
Note: “terrorist” is NBC News‘ word, taking their cue from NBC’s overlord Obama, who insists on calling ISIS “terrorists” instead of “Islamic” or “jihadists”.
The ISIS group leader, a man dressed in military fatigues proclaims in American-accented English: “All praise is due to Allah the strong and mighty. And may blessings and peace be upon the ones sent by the sword as a mercy to all the worlds.” His fellow jihadists then proceed to behead the 21 Christians, after which their leader declares war on Christianity, threatening that “we will conquer Rome, by Allah’s permission, the promise of our Prophet, peace be upon him,” (Breitbart)
And yet, incredibly, both the Obama administration and its lapdog MSM still refuse to call ISIS “jihadist”!
Flashpoint Intelligence, a global security firm and NBC Newsconsultant, made this insightful (~sarcasm alert~) analysis: “This undeniably means that the group now views Christian populations as not only targets but also part of the bigger ‘Crusader plot,’ not separate from the US-led coalition or aggressors. The group’s message is highly intimidating and it somewhat challenges the Western nations to intervene and save the Christians as it intervened to save the Yazidis and others.”
Comment: By chopping the heads off the 21 Christians, the message sent by ISIS only “somewhat challenges the Western nations to intervene”? How many chopped heads will it take for their message to be “challenging” or “very challenging”?
Let’s look at how three world leaders reacted to the beheadings, after which please vote in our poll on who is the biggest enabler of ISIS’s slaughter of Christians.
After an initial reaction by a White House spokesperson that the beheadings are “heinous,” the Obama administration lapsed back into fantasy-land lunacy. Despite the fact that study after study has shown that “terrorists” jihadists do not come from impoverished family backgrounds, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on “Hardball” with Chris Matthews:
“But we cannot win this war by killing them [ISIS]. We cannot kill our way out of this war. We needin the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s a lack of opportunity for jobs….”
In other words, ISIS is a problem for social workers!
Rev. Franklin Graham, son of Rev. Billy Graham, asks America and the world what the outcry would be “if 21 Muslims had been beheaded by Christians” and “Where is the universal condemnation by Muslim leaders around the world?” (h/t Clash Daily).
Note Rev. Graham’s repeated allusions to Muslims.
#3: Pope Francis
On Monday, departing from his script during an address to members of the Church of Scotland, Pope Francis addressed the beheadings (Reuters):
The Coptic Christians’ “only words were: ‘Jesus, help me!’ They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians. The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out be heard. It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians! The martyrs belong to all Christians.”
Note how Francis omitted the word “Muslims” or “Islam,” which makes me wonder if the 21 Coptic Christians had been beheaded by invisible phantoms. /sarc
But that shouldn’t surprise us.
In his 2013 apostolic exhortation, Evangelii gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), on “the church’s primary mission of evangelization in the modern world,” Pope Francis wrote:
Faced with disconcerting episodes of violent fundamentalism, our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalisations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.(p. 253)
Does Pope Francis, with his retinue of Vatican scholars and researchers, not know that the Koran is replete with exhortations to violence?
As pointed out by Andrew Bieszad of the blog One Peter Five, Pope Francis’ benign regard of Islam is a decided departure from the views of Catholic saints through the centuries. Below are examples of quotes by saints:
“Whoever does not embrace the Catholic Christian faith is lost, like your false prophet Muhammad.” -St. Peter Mavimenus (d. 8th century), martyr from Gaza, when he was asked to convert to Islam by a group of Muslims.
“There is also the superstition of the Ishmaelites which to this day prevails and keeps people in error, being a forerunner of the Antichrist…. From that time to the present a false prophet named Mohammed has appeared in their midst. This man, after having chanced upon the Old and New Testaments and likewise, it seems, having conversed with an Arian monk, devised his own heresy. Then, having insinuated himself into the good graces of the people by a show of seeming piety, he gave out that a certain book had been sent down to him from heaven. He had set down some ridiculous compositions in this book of his and he gave it to them as an object of veneration.” -St. John Damascene (d. 749), Syrian Arab Catholic monk and scholar.
“We profess Christ to be truly God and your prophet to be a precursor of the Antichrist and other profane doctrine.” -Sts. Habenitus, Jeremiah, Peter, Sabinian, Walabonsus, and Wistremundus (d. 851), martyrs of Cordoba, Spain, for refusing to convert to Islam.
“Any cult which denies the divinity of Christ, does not profess the existence of the Holy Trinity, refutes baptism, defames Christians, and derogates the priesthood, we consider to be damned.” -Sts. Aurelius, Felix, George, Liliosa, and Natalia (d. 852), martyrs of Cordoba, Spain for refusing to convert to Islam.
“the truths that he [Muhammed] taught he mingled with many fables and with doctrines of the greatest falsity…. Muhammad said that he was sent in the power of his arms—which are signs not lacking even to robbers and tyrants.” -St. Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274), Theologian and Doctor of the Church.
“Muhammed had neither supernatural miracles nor natural motives of reason to persuade those of his sect. As he lacked in everything, he took to bestial and barbaric means, which is the force of arms. Thus he introduced and promulgated his message with robberies, murders, and bloodshedding, destroying those who did not want to receive it, and with the same means his ministers conserve this today, until God placates his anger and destroys this pestilence from the earth. […] (Mohammed) can also be figured for the dragon in the same Apocalypse which says that the dragon swept up a third of the stars and hurled down a third to earth. Although this line is more appropriately understood concerning the Antichrist, Mohammed was his precursor – the prophet of Satan […] [Mohammed’s new sect] remains an impious, blasphemous, vicious cult, an innovention of the devil, and the direct way into the fires of hell. It does not even merit the name of being called a religion.” -St. Juan de Ribera(d.1611), Archbishop of Valencia, missionary to Spanish Muslims, and organizer of the Muslim expulsions of 1609 from Spain.
Andrew Bieszad further notes thatwhile:
popes are certainly free to have personal opinions. A Pope’sopinions, however, when shared with the public, carry more weight because of the authority of his office than would the opinions of another, lesser prelate. His words — particularly when expressed not through an interview or sermon, but an official document — signal, at least implictly, that his opinion is in fact the belief of the Church.This has a real impact on the understanding of whatever issue is being touched upon, for both Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Particularly in a modern context, where global news is instantaneously available, papal opinions spread far, and fast. Once an idea is out in the wild as something ‘the pope said’, it becomes difficult to ever take back. There is even a not entirely uncommon misconception that papal opinion, when it touches on any subject related to faith, rises to the level of infallibility.
Washington Times: Marie Harf, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, said America can’t win against the Islamic State “by killing them” and ought instead to focus on addressing what she claimed was the root problem — their poor economy — and help them get jobs.
“We’re killing a lot of them, and we’re going to keep killing more of them,” she said during a televised segment on “Hardball” with Chris Matthews. “So are the Egyptians, so are the Jordanians. They’re in this fight with us. But we cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war.We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s a lack of opportunity for jobs, whether …”
If they had a job, this wouldn’t happen. Got it?
Mr. Matthews then cut her off and said: “We’re not going to be able to stop that in our lifetime or 50 lifetimes. There’s always going to be poor people. There’s always going to be poor Muslims, and as long as there are poor Muslims, the trumpet’s blowing and they’ll join. We can’t stop that, can we?”
Ms. Harf dug in and insisted improving the economic opportunities for the terrorist group is the key to turning back their terror, The Right Scoop reported.
“We can work with countries around the world to help improve their governance,” she said. “We can help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people.”
Our islamic enemies are running a publicity program
Have you noticed that a week does not go by before ISIS has committed a horror worse than the one the week before?
Last week ISIS owned the news cycle by burning a Jordanian pilot alive. This after a long series of other atrocities committed against innocent people in areas they’ve invaded.
At that moment I saw their strategy. Their game plan became clear. We can expect that within one week of beheading 21 Christians on the beach in Libya and immolating 45 families in Iraq, there will be something worse and bigger. It’s Tuesday February 17. By Tuesday February 24, we will see something that will again steal the news cycle.
This is psychological warfare
They are doing this on a schedule to be sure to make everyone in the world fear them. Remember when you were a kid, and the local bully would show up hurting kids and threatening every other kid? Well this is that, but on an adult scale. This will happen week after week, until they are stopped. Until they meet someone who brings death and hell to their world and every place they think will remain safe.
Our news media is their tool
“If it bleeds, it leads.” That’s the rule our news people live by. They reflexively play right into the hands of the jihadists.
They know their opportunity is brief
The current president of the United States will be replaced in less than 2 years. He has left such a stench in his wake that the president who replaces him will likely be a man who will reverse everything. That would include mounting an unprecedented military expedition with the goal of exterminating jihad wherever it exists or is even taught.
So they are compelled to play every card they have within the next year and a half. Every week, the atrocity drum will beat. Another horror will be on every screen. All this while they have an American president who will keep the door open for them.
Build yourself up in faith. Do not feel obligated to look at any horrifying image. Be armed. Be prepared to fight. Be determined to be anything but a soft target. Call on God to send His angels to assist and protect you.
Never stop unmasking islam
“The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” – Proverbs 18:10