January 19, 2014

Army Unreadiness: Catastrophic or Treasonous?

Written by Allen West on October 23, 2013

The most important responsibility of the federal government is, as the Constitution states, to “provide for the common defense.” However, based on a recent assessment from the Chief of Staff of the US Army, General Raymond Odierno, we have an Army that is woefully unprepared and unready to meet the nation’s call.

It seems this administration’s priority for the US Military has been to ensure gay soldiers can openly serve and opening up combat billets to women. In keeping with his promise (perhaps the only campaign promise he has kept), Obama is fundamentally transforming the US military by way of liberal progressive social engineering.

To have the Chief of Staff of the Army confess to the world that our Army has not trained for six months is highly disturbing. Furthermore, to express to our enemies — and allies, for that matter — that what was once a powerful, feared, and respected land force has only two trained and combat-ready Brigades should make all of us sleep less soundly at night.

The Army into which I was commissioned in 1982 was massive and ready to stare down the Soviet threat. Today’s Army is over-deployed, under-trained, and exists in a far more dangerous world with a far more dispersed adversary. The recent government slim-down demonstrated we can survive with only 6% essential staff at the EPA, and only 9.7% essential staff at the Department of Education. Clearly the Department of Health and Human Services has wasted $600 million on a failed healthcare.gov website. But Obamacare requires the hiring of 16,000 more IRS agents. It’s obvious where Obama’s priorities lie.

As Democrat Senator Max Baucus said, implementation of Obamacare may be a train wreck. But failure to have a trained and ready military is much worse. It’s potentially catastrophic, if not treasonous.


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