Despite many Libertarian-leaning Republicans as well as more than a few in the Tea Party who embrace a non-interventionist sentiment, even those who seek a smaller federal government are admitting that an eviscerated Armed Forces is sorely in need of rebuilding. As reported by the government oriented The Hill news portal on April 5, 2015, two of the most prominent voices to keep America free of foreign military entanglements have come to realize the Pentagon is past due beefing up.
Ever since the end of the Second World War it’s consistently been the policy of the United States civilian leadership that our nation’s armed forces be capable not only of fighting two wars simultaneously, but also to win. However, in the advent of the Obama budget cuts in the past, as well as those scheduled for next year, real questions remain if America’s military could even successfully conduct a winning strategy in just one theater of war.
Despite the top man in the British Army openly stating he is desirous of the “best possible talent” to join his nation’s active duty army, he’s also called for a greater recruitment effort of a certain demographic based on little more than their religious belief. As reported by Britain’s Sky News and also the Moscow based RT.com (formerly Russia Today) news portal, both on Feb. 6, 2015, General Sir Nicholas Carter stated that non-European ethnic minority representation in the British Army is “nowhere near where it needs to be.”
Installed last year as the Chief of the General Staff, Gen. Carter has reportedly placed a special emphasis on recruiting Muslims into the British Army as to have a more correct reflection of the face of Britain. Overall, non-European ethnic groups in the nation, to including blacks from Commonwealth nations such as Nigeria and Jamaica, as well as Sikhs, Indians, Chinese, Pakistanis and Fijians constitute approximately 10 percent of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. Curiously enough, according to the British Census of 2011, the non-European ethnic groups of the nation also constitute approximately 10 percent of the population.
Britain’s MoD (Ministry of Defence) has also recently released figures that cite a mere 480 Muslims serve Queen and Country by way of donning the Army camouflage field uniform. That’s a minuscule 0.54 percent the total active duty army strength of 88,500. As cited by Newsweek magazine on Aug. 20, 2014, the number of British Muslims serving in all branches of the British Armed Forces is only around 600 total. The remaining 120 British Muslims are literally and figuratively sprinkled through the ranks of the Royal navy, Royal Marines and Royal Air Force.
Published media reports and various government statistics place Britain’s Muslim community at roughly 4.4 percent of the island nation’s population. But when all branches of the Armed Forces are totaled up, the followers of Mohammed comprise an almost microscopic 0.4 percent of all personnel.
London’s The Telegraph reported last November that more than three times as many British Muslims have volunteered to serve the ISIS terrorist network than have vowed to serve their nation in uniform. Member of Parliament Khalid Mahmood (Labour – Birmingham Perry Barr), an area with a rather sizable Muslim constituency, has stated that the London government has purposefully low balled the official number of British Islamic Jihadis fighting in Syria and Iraq.
The authorities say there are 500 British jihadists but the likely figure is at least three to four times that. I think 2,000 is a better estimate.
In spite of Barack Obama heaping praise on members of the Armed Forces during his latest Hawaiian getaway, the Commander-in-Chief has authorized a nearly invisible 1 percent pay raise for the troops, as reported by the news portal of the American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC) via Google News on Dec. 30, 2014. The Congressionally mandated minimum 1.8 percent automatic pay raise was axed by Obama via a legal loophole with little to no opposition from the Democrat-led Senate nor the Republican-led House of Representatives, as cited earlier this month by the ASMC. The governmentally-controlledStars and Stripes newspaper has also reported on Dec. 30, 2014, the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is still keeping alive the possibility of shutting down all stateside commissaries at a yet to be determined future date. Continue reading “Obama authorizes 1% pay raise for military, commissaries still face shut-downs”
A spokesman for Danish vets as well personally being a decorated veteran himself, has found himself at the receiving end of a public death threat due to a pro-veteran sicker on the back of his car. As reported by the English language Danish news portal 10News.dk on Oct. 13, 2014, and also by the Danish language BT.dk news service, former member of the Royal Danish Army Benjamin Olsen Yeh was threatened on the streets of Copenhagen with having his throat cut by two “Middle Eastern” appearing men ostensibly for his “Support Our Troops” bumper sticker.
The head man for the U.S. Army is warning that the official Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget and personnel cuts to the nation’s army very well could have not only a detrimental, but a devastating effect on the largest branch of the Armed Forces responding to world-wide threats. As reported by the Reuters news service via the Washington Free Beacon on Oct. 13, 2014, Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno warned that even at the current number of troops, there is serious concern if the Army can fulfill its mission.
In their push to completely wipe out the national government of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, terrorist members of the al-Qaeda allied Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) Islamic Jihadist organization have made their way to the westernmost suburbs of Baghdad, as reported by CBS News on Oct. 10, 2014. CBS is also reporting that between the furthest advance of the ISIS column and the center of the nation’s capital sits Baghdad International Airport (BGW) where at least 300 American troops assigned as perimeter security, as reported by the McClatchy News Service on June 30, 2014.
Derisively chided last month as “The Coalition of the Wilting,” Barack Obama’s much hoped for “broad coalition” in his deployment of American troops to fight ISIS terrorists in both Syria and Iraq may have picked up a few more members, but the heavy lifting is still being done overwhelmingly by the American fighting forces. As reported by the Breitbart.com news portal on Oct. 7, 2014, our European and Arab allies are contributing a mere 10 percent of the airstrikes against the al-Qaeda allied terrorists.
You’ve been … Thunderstruck
Never receiving the headlines in the West as in the Middle East, Iran is again suspicious of the State of Israel as the responsible party regarding a massive explosion at an Iranian military base outside the nation’s capital city, long suspected of being a secret nuclear development facility. As reported by the Washington Free Beacon news portal on Oct. 6, 2014, Iran’s Defense Industries Organization (DIO), which operates under the umbrella of the Islamic Republic’s Ministry of Defence, is casting a jaundiced eye that espionage rather than lax safety procedures are responsible for the “strong” and “tremendous explosion” that “shook Eastern Tehran,” which reportedly impacted a 10-mile area.
According to the DIO, the huge blast resulted in the deaths of two individuals identified only as “workers” at the site. The Fars News Service, the Iranian government controlled news agency has reported that a so-called “production plant” in east Tehran, near the Parchin nuclear facility, rocked at least the eastern part of the city. State media has generically stated the blast happened at an “explosive material factory” near the Parchin site.
With the terrorist group ISIS airing videos of their grisly beheadings of hostages with regularity, their recent threat against everyday Americans may have unwittingly brought to light that the U.S. government is so large, bloated and bureaucratic, America could possibly be the proverbial giant that can’t tie its own shoes. As reported by Fox News via the Military.com news portal on Oct. 3, 2014, a U.S. Army intelligence warning is getting the word out to military personnel and their families to exercise vigilance after ISIS called on its many supporters to “scour social media for addresses of their family members — and to ‘show up [at their homes] and slaughter them.'”
Considered by both Republicans and Democrats as one of the most respected men inside the Washington, DC beltway, former Secretary of Defense (SecDef) Leon Panetta has placed the blame on Iraq teetering on the edge of falling to the al-Qaeda allied ISIS terrorist organization directly at the feet of Barack Obama. As reported by The Wall Street Journal and also by the NewsMax.com news portal, both on Oct. 2, 2014, not only in published passages in his forthcoming memoir, “Worthy Fights,” but also in televised interviews, Panetta paints a picture of two separate factions within the Obama Administration prior to the 2011 total and complete withdrawal of American combat troops – Panetta’s camp wanting to leave a residual force – the “President’s team” essentially wanting to leave Iraq in the rear view mirror just as fast as possible.
“He’ll also have Jesus Christ beside him during the carnage …”
In his speech before a mainly empty United Nations General Assembly, as posted by CSPAN.org on Sept, 29, 2014, the Israeli Prime Minster’s entire speech before the globalist organization was marked by his referencing both “the Mahdi Army in Iraq” as well as those in the Middle East who believe that an exchange of nuclear weapons will “trigger the apocalyptic return of an Imam from the 9th century” (the 6:25 mark). While arguably the vast majority of those in the West have no idea what Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu spoke of, his speech may have usher in an era of a better Western understanding of the mindset of many in the Middle East, particularly of the Iranian mullahs and the adherents of Imam Mahdi, who supposedly was a descendant of Mohammad, the founder of Islam.
In excerpts of former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Bob Gates’ memoir “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” the former Sec Def doesn’t quite hold back exactly he perceived the Obama White House’s treatment of military leaders, as reported by both The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and The Washington Post (WaPo) on Jan. 7, 2014.
What should have come as the first overt sign, one of the few times Barack Obama spoke off the cuff, sans teleprompter, he quipped during a slight rain exactly how he feels of those who serve our nation in the Uniformed Services.
A whole new meaning to “Hot Landing Zone”
It’s not everyday that a young lady makes an NFL franchise’s cheerleading squad, or earns an Officer’s Commission in the United States Army, or even delivers a baby in an Afghan mud hut during a raging snowstorm.
Political Correctness now has a face…
No name, but a face… and footie pajamas. And a big ol’ mug of steaming hot chocolate.
And possibly suffering from the worst case of Low T in the long and storied history of both simultaneous and sequential hermaphrodites.
With the emphasis on “boy,” The Washington Times hammers the tousle-haired nerdlinger poster boy for Doc Obama’s health care scam.
“This is the worst kind of example of a shady, backroom deal.” — Col. Michael Barron US Army (Ret.)
The recent proposed federal budget deal cut by the former Republican vice presidential candidate will be payed for out of the flesh of uniformed retirees, as reported by the right-of-center news portal Breitbart.com on Dec. 16, 2013.
Citing CNN Money’s Jennifer Liberto, Matthew Boyle of Breitbart News notes that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) brokered a deal with Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) that ensured a mere handful of years worth of governmental spending would come at the expense of the annual COLA (Cost of Living Allowances) increases for those retired from the Uniformed Services, to include NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps) and the PHS (Public Health Service Commissioned Corps).
Nancy Wilde never expected any recompense for what she considered small acts of decency and kindness in a world that isn’t always decent or kind, but thanks is what she got from an unexpected source, as reported by the Wausau Daily Herald (of Wisconsin) on Dec. 14, 2013.
Started just a handful of years ago, 74-year-old Wilde of Merrill, Wisconsin started sending Christmas cards to troops stationed around the globe, many of whom are in their first hitch in the Armed Forces and away from home for the first time in their lives.
Little did anyone realize at the time did those first handful of cards would eventually total well over 2,400 and counting, along with recognition and thanks from the United States Marine Corps.
As China rattles sabers over its newly claimed airspace in the East China Sea directly over Japanese sovereign soil, as reported by the Israeli news portal Arutz Sheva on Dec. 2, 2013, one thing that many international watchers agree would rattle China’s cage would be a militarily-allied and nuclear-armed Japan and Republic of Korea (ROK).
Especially a nuclear Japan and ROK independent of any U.S. military control.
Tensions are still running high since China claimed international airspace over Japan’s Senkaku Islands, the southernmost of the 3,000 islands comprising the Japanese archipelago.