Congress told U.S. military not ready to respond to an enemy attack, but Trump threatens Syria with war

Russ Read reports for The Daily Caller that during a hearing yesterday, April 5, 2017, the House Committee on Armed Services was told by the vice chiefs-of-staff of the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy that their respective services all suffer from a lack of readiness.

In the case of the Army, Vice Chief-of-Staff Gen. Daniel Allyn said:

  • Only 3 of 58 Army Brigade Combat Teams (BCT) would be available to respond to an enemy attack if one hypothetically happened tonight. Since a BCT usually numbers anywhere between 4,400 to 4,700 soldiers, that means the Army has only about 13,500 troops ready to fight an enemy in the event of an emergency.
  • To make matters worse, “only about two-thirds of the Army’s initial critical formations — the formations we would need at the outset of a major conflict — are at acceptable levels of readiness to conduct sustained ground combat in a full spectrum environment against a highly lethal hybrid threat or near-peer adversary.”A “lethal hybrid threat” or “near-peer adversary” includes countries like Russia and China.
  • The current state of Army unreadiness means much of the force would be unable to properly respond to an emergency threat. Gen. Allyn warned that the end result of such an emergency situation would include “excessive casualties, especially to civilians.”

The solution to the problem, according to Allyn, is the immediate repeal of the Budget Control Act of 2011, an Obama-era law that put artificial caps on defense spending. A potential repeal of the law has bipartisan support across the committee. However, Congress has thus far been unable to remove it, forcing them to pass continuing resolutions to keep the military funded.

Some good comments from Daily Caller‘s readers:

“Hey! Obama had to get the Army’s priorities straight first. Like homosexual marriage, women in combat, transgender accommodation, etc. Everyone knows a real army can’t fight without those. Just ask the Greeks and the Romans at the end of their empires.” -Neitherleftnorright

“How many of these combat-effective units are in the United States? Defending the US was once the primary role of US military forces. Bleeding off military power in foreign wars makes us that much more vulnerable to attack. It’s expensive to keep an army in the field, but much less so if it stays on native soil, where lines of supply and communication are shorter and more secure.” -Rossbach

“That used to be called a pocket division. 13,000 troops???? Not even enough for a spitball fight.” -Sgtsnuffy

“It isn’t true. There are over 6,000 Special Forces troopers alone on top of 3,500 Rangers. That would leave just 6,000 guys capable in the standard army. The army has to be questioned why it is spending $140 billion a year just to have 14,000 guys capable for battle.” -Gregory Dittman

“Improve that, sure. But let’s not panic. The countries that are a ‘lethal hybrid threat’ or ‘near-peer adversary’ are not any more ready than we are. Not even close.” -Alec Dacyczyn

Meanwhile, as the vice chiefs of the Armed Forces all say the U.S. military is not ready to fight a war, President Trump seems to have succumbed to the neo-con warmongers and is threatening war against Syria.

CNN just reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said “steps are underway” to get rid of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Steve Bannon is booted from the National Security Council, while Trump’s Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner wields increasing power as a de facto secretary of state (New York Times). And we all know Israel wants Assad out. See:

H/t FOTM‘s Anon

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14 responses to “Congress told U.S. military not ready to respond to an enemy attack, but Trump threatens Syria with war

  1. trump is granting his SIL way more authority/power than he should have.
    I don’t think it was a coincidence kushner became SIL through his daughter ivanka. I think the lust for money, power, control will make the decisions for many people.
    yeah, I definitely smell mossad/CIA behind the problems in syria…pending oil pipelines and a new central bank..the only person standing in their way is the new “boogeyman” assad and they will replace him with a zionist puppet ….syria will become just like iraq.
    after the usa/israel hegemony gets what they want from syria, that country will disappear from the headlines and the entire country will not only be in debt to the jewish/zionist central bank, but in ruins. I pray russia interferes.

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  2. Assad defended Christians from Islamic extremists. Trump was elected because he wasn’t a neocon buddy boy, but now? This can’t be true.

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  3. It looks like Trump took the bait, saying something must be done, and he may be left unable to work with the Russians to defuse this newest false flag, still conceivably an accident, having already been set up by deep state propaganda about his and his team’s collusion with Russia.

    The neocon chatter on Fox that Assad would intentionally gas a few dozen of his own people before peace talks–for what conceivable purpose?–is on the face of it reason to presume this is a replay of the Ghouta false-flag gas attack.

    Sen Corker was on Fox this morning claiming Assad is a monster responsible for the deaths of 500,000 Syrians when Corker knows full well those deaths are entirely attributable to US/Israeli/Saudi organizing and arming of IS with, in large part, weapons Hillary covertly smuggled into Syria from Benghazi. Corker added fuel to the fires of outrage over Assad’s assumed gassing of babies by asserting Assad also cuts off the genitals of his enemies. And, of course, the MSM and its phony pundits were ready to roll with their always coordinated and pre-scripted press kits.

    If Trump can’t work through this with the Russians, he’ll probably be forced into a no-win situation leading to his irrelevance in foreign affairs and we’re off to war with Iran. As for the known lack of military preparedness, I don’t see anyone on Fox reporting that our military has been exhausted fighting these wars for Israeli hegemony over the ME and its resources.

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    • Several good points. I find the timing suspicious. The left needed a distraction…bad. They have tried to start something with accusing Russia and that didn’t take, and now suddenly with Russia over there, we are sending in Tomahawks.
      I am not sure this was Assad. We know Clinton sent the gas to Syrian Rebels.
      The CIA has set us up before.
      I am uncomfortable with these knee jerk reactions.
      Iran is over there also supporting their groups.
      And who is it that want to run lines thru that country?

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  4. Wm Jefferson Clinton also famously decimated our military in order to produce a “balanced budget”. Liberals don’t see a strong military as necessary or desirable, but rather as just another way for the strong to control the weak. They favor the idea of natural selection and evolution such that whenever an uprising occurs, it MUST be founded by the oppressed and powerless, therefore they should be allowed and even helped to overcome their captors and oppressors… such as happened in Lybia, Egypt, and elsewhere from the Arab Spring. Obama wanted to help out the uprising in Syria as well, before even considering WHO, exactly, they were… or who else was involved (Iran, Turks, Russians, Kurds, Yazidis, Christians, Assad’s Alawites or Baathists, general Syrian rebels, ISIS – Sunni, Shiite?, or others).
    And then if we commit to help one side or the other, to what extent? What happens if “our” side is losing badly, and/or won’t fight for itself, instead relying on US (and allied, if any) forces to fight for them (as in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other places). Is “regime change” and “democratization” really possible in other parts of the world that have been ruled for millennia by totalitarians and non-capitalist economies? How long will our forces need to remain behind to enforce rule of law (forever?) You can’t save everyone. Maybe we should begin to focus on our OWN COUNTRY and CITIZENS… just saying. Ditto for the $Billions being sent elsewhere for “causes”.
    BTW, I’m not personally convinced Assad is (or has been) behind chemical attacks in Syria, or of bombings in Aleppo etc. Better be sure it was him or his army (before declaring war), and not Putin (?) or perhaps others (ISIS?) trying to frame Assad so that the West steps in against him… for whatever purpose. Or even his own generals (or Iran? Turkey?) acting on their own to put down the rebels made up of groups they detest.
    And RE: Alec Dacyczyn’s comment from the post, that’s only true for conventional warfare, which we haven’t fought since maybe WWII. Korea, Vietnam, the War on Islamic Terrorists — all guerilla warfare. No Geneva Convention Rules to fall back on, because the enemy doesn’t follow them.
    Geez, I get gabby when the weather gets lousy outside. And cranky when I post overnight, heheh

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  5. Losing faith in Trump, he is surrounded by too many globalist lefties, including his daughter and son-in-law who are both only 35 and need to go away, we didn’t elect them

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    • they are pro-israel, pro-lgbtq…, pro-trannies in regular bathrooms with women and children….nowhere have I found that kushner and kushner are pro-America….

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      • As I wrote in another earlier posting on this newest war crime against an innocent nation, “It now seems that in a very short time, like the title of Joseph Heller’s 2nd novel, ‘Something Happened’, and Donald Trump was compromised by vast evil forces we can only imagine. He’s a worldly man of immense wealth surrounded by the physically attractive ikons of our day. This leaves him as vulnerable as was Job. And I’ll leave you with what that might mean for us all.”

        This entire insanity was covered in excellent deep detail by Eo, who apparently sleeps even less than I do! We were among the very first –say 10, max– sites that truly had an accurate sense of what the deception was, this time. Fool us once, maybe twice, but then what happens will not be nice!


    • This wonderful experience taught us that we can not nor should we ever put faith in a man. God is the only one we can trust.

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  6. Excellent intelligent comments by everyone. And whoa, the article is rather depressing. Doesn’t the USA have like 900 military bases around the world? Yet I believe it was somewhere between 2005-2008 that the domestic military announced they were closing like 300 bases in USA! Go figure. They’ve got their priorities totally upside down, per the Constitution (unless, of course, you’re a NWO Globalist, which we know the USA military is nothing but the NWO’s Bulldog to bully the remaining sovereign nations into NWO-submission).

    Excerpt about that from a 2003 article re “The Pentagon’s New Map” which refers to two segments of the world:
    1_Countries already onboard with the NWO Agenda, the “Functioning Core”;
    2_Countries which are NOT yet onboard w/same. These are called the “Non-Integrating Gap” which needs to be “shrunk.”
    …some countries and regions are lagging behind the rest of the world in being incorporated into the Global Economy and Government, and need to be boot-kicked into fully joining the world body, you will understand why we are now at war, and why we will keep on going to war, from the Middle East to the Korean Peninsula, to Indonesia, to Pakistan, to Cuba, to Somalia and to East Timor.

    This entire Pentagon strategic thinking is outlined in a book entitled, “The Pentagon’s New Map”, by Thomas P.M. Barnett. The author is a professor of the U.S. Naval War College and a Senior Strategic Researcher.

    According to Illuminist thinking, there are only two types of nations in the world today:

    Nations who are already functioning in the new Global System or who are clearly and firmly going in that direction — the “Functioning Core”
    Nations who are not now functioning in the Global System and are not likely to do so in the foreseeable future, unless they are kicked into it by U.S. or European troops, or by the threat of invasion. These nations are called the “Non-Integrating Gap”.

    The strategy being followed by the United States and the European Union is to “shrink the gap”. The fly-leaf to this book quite boldly states:

    “The Pentagon’s New Map is a cutting-edge approach to globalization that combines security, economic, political and cultural factors to do no less than predict and explain the nature of war and peace in the twenty-first century … Barnett’s book crystallizes recent American military history and strategy, sets the parameters for where our forces will likely be headed in the future, outlines the unique role that America can and will play in establishing international stability … For anyone seeking to understand the Iraqs, Afghanistans, and Liberias of the present and future, the intimate new links between foreign policy and national security; the operational realities of the world as it exists today, ‘The Pentagon’s New Map’ is a template, a Rosetta Stone … There is no book more essential for 2004 and beyond.”

    The bulk of the Fed’s money probably goes to the Intel agencies so they can continue creating false flags & “Arab Springs” in the as-yet Non-Integrating countries, in order to steer them to the desired globalist end game. The neocons are probably licking their chops over Trump’s threats of war w/Syria.


    • Photo of “The Pentagon’s New Map” from the same above linked article:

      And another pertinent quote from same:
      …America will not withdraw from the “Gap” until all its countries have been destabilized and/or overthrown so that individual countries can both “connect into the Functioning Core” and surrender their national sovereignty so that each country can meld into the regional government into which it geographically is located.

      Listen to Naval Commander Barnett explain that America will never leave the “Gap”.

      “… we are never leaving the Gap and we are never bringing our boys home. There is no exiting the Gap, only shrinking the Gap, and if there is no exiting the Gap, we’d better stop kidding ourselves about ‘exit strategies’. No exit means no exit strategy.” (Thomas P.M. Barnett, “The Pentagon’s New Map”, p. 178-179)

      Thus, the reason America is pulling out of one “Gap” country … is so that she can reallocate military resources for other nations in the “Non-Integrating Gap”, because there is no exiting the Gap!


    • Unrelated side note from above same article, this quote re Electromagnetic Radiation being used as “climate” destablizers:

      …1997 quote from Defense Secretary William Cohen is invaluable.

      In a speech April 28, 1997, at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, Secretary Cohen spoke on “Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and U.S. Strategy — Sam Nunn Policy Forum”. During this speech, Secretary Cohen stated that our enemies possessed electromagnetic technology which “could alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves.” (“COHEN ADDRESS 4/28 AT CONFERENCE ON TERRORISM”, Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and U.S. Strategy, Sam Nunn Policy Forum, April 28, 1997 University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia:


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