Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Miltary readiness hits the skids

A new Congressional report reveals our military readiness is in the danger zone and this report was submitted before the surge started. It confirms what many of us have been saying for over a year and what most of America outside of the remaining dead ender warmongers have finally realized.

Our military is stretched too thin. Not only would a new strike in another country be insane, we can barely protect our own at this point. In simple terms Bush's war games have destroyed our on the ground military superiority. Yeah, we still have air superiority but as Iraq has made painfully apparent, that's just not enough.

In an interesting jutxaposition, the White House via Tony Snow respond to this dismal news by declaring the escalation demonstrates a nimbleness unprecedented in a time of warfare. He doesn't look like he believes it any more than I do, but he is sort of right. It demonstrates an unprecedented low in readiness.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The military was thinned down considerably during the Clinton years and Bush went to war without rectifying the situation. That is why we have National Guard (as in guarding the nation - not deploying) on their second and third tours in Iraq. There is not enough regular troops to take thier place. And we still have troops in Afghanistan as well as on bases worldwide. I'd say Bush's house of cards is about to come tumbling down.

8:00:00 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

I know that my conclusion might seem too out there even for fellow conspiracy minded observers, but it's apparent to me that the end result of all this is the destruction of the military in a prelude to the destruction of the US as a solvent, sovereign nation.

Most of the money poured into the military is wasted and stolen, their reputation was (and is) dragged through the mud with uncountable atrocities and savagery ordered from the top, the military is being systematically stretched to the very real breaking point, troops' lives are being wasted with no end in sight and are deliberately sent into a highly toxic and radioactive environment, most of the military's computer assets were intentionally compromised with chips that had a backdoor design-to-fail.

I have to ask - if the fascists had announced that it was their policy to destroy the military from within, how would they have done it differently?

4:55:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Rocky - good point on Clinton and I can take it from you knowing that you're not trying to excuse Bush by using it. At that point I think the idea was we weren't planning to use our military to interfere in sovereign countries' governments by military means and cutting the defense budget made sense. It ceratinly what's makes this administration's war games so insane. The trouble is we're all going to suffer for it.

Nolo, there's no conspiracy theory too wild for me with this administration. Yours is a scarier one than I could have come up with myself.

7:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nolo, were men, greed and power are concerned, there is no conspiracy theory too wild. And I think the military degradation is only part of it. As our industry leaves this country and we no longer have tangible GNPs, you see the value of the dollar falling and the deterioration of the middle class, especially the lower middle class. If you have some very powerful people and then mostly poor people just trying to survive guess who holds all the marbles? Scary part is, most of us aren't too far from that poverty line. Lose your job, be out of work for a few months and think how adversely that would affect most of us. I don't get sick because I can't afford to.
One of the more horrifying aspects of this war for me is the lack of adequate equipment for ground warfare. Our sons and daughters are being thrown to the wolves with unarmored vehicles, no bullet proof vests and the list goes on which is why they are coming home with such grievous injuries. I've written to my senator, but I don't think that is going to be enough. We may be taking it to the streets once again in order to get people to wake up.
Libby - I call 'em like I see 'em. I'm not saying Clinton was right on wrong, but it was a huge tactical error on the part of this administration to go to war on two fronts without rebuilding the war machine.

12:06:00 PM  

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