sunset from behind the wire

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

America's Navy and Position

The US Navy is in trouble. To me, it's serious trouble, but I'm not a progressive liberal who feels that buying votes to keep me in office is the role of the US Government.

I'm keying in part on Brian McGrath's article HERE. McGrath writes about the high priority need to replace America's Nuclear Missile firing submarines (SSBN's) with a new class of submarine that will carry out the same mission. The current generation of Ohio class boats are aging and the point is coming where they will not be mission-capable.
He writes: Given the mismatch between what the Navy budgets and what the Navy needs, the U.S. is currently on a trajectory to a 230 ship Navy, a figure which does not even take SSBN(X) into consideration. Should the SSBN(X) proceed as planned, its build profile will dominate the shipbuilding landscape for over ten years, and almost certainly shrink the fleet even further.
A 200 (or less) ship navy may sound like a lot of ships to the likes of a political activist/community organizer, but it's not. Ships are not like a lot of other pieces of equipment. They float in a corrosive environment and have a lot of moving parts. Additionally, they take a long time to build. Crews take a long time to train, deployed squadrons of aircraft must fly all the time to keep up the skills necessary for operational capability in a challenging maritime environment.

The current chatter inside the Washington DC Beltway is that the Navy can make do with four less aircraft carriers. And since we won't have ships to move them, we can make due with a Marine Corps about half the size of the present Corps. That makes perfect sense so long as there is no war. If war comes -- and history tells us that it inevitably does, the people who suffer wear a uniform. If you're "progressive" you really don't trust anyone in a uniform, so those folks lose no sleep over the matter. 

The Obama Administration installed John Kerry as Secretary of State. Kerry is viewed by those that he served with in the military as a traitor. When you combine that with the quasi-Muslim Commander-in-Chief whose agenda is not an American one, the state of the Navy is only one of many concerns should America embark on another war.

Allies are important in wars. We've seen Great Britain balk in aiding us for the first time in roughly 200 years, and even Brazil snubs us. Russia and China are emboldened and empowered by America's failed leadership -- and the Snowden matter showed that we can't keep a secret.  Why should any other nation trust the US?

The answer is that they don't. Look at Mexico. They're openly hostile toward the US at many levels and it's due to ham handed diplomacy by the Obama Administration. Does America care? Apparently not, because Barack will be around golfing for the next 3 1/2 years -- after which the Democratic party wants Hillary (the Bitch of Benghazi) Clinton in the White House.

Maybe a 100 ship navy is in our future?

I hear you asking what might be done to stop the slide. The US could repeal economy killing "social justice" programs such as ObamaCare and other regulatory quagmires that have been put in place and grow the economy. Part of that strategy has to be drilling and refining more petroleum to try and pay off the crippling national debt that President Obama keeps dumping on us. With these measures, there would be sufficient means to keep the nation strong and in a leadership role -- which is clearly not part of the Obama agenda.

Budget Cuts - Impact

And you thought he was a
Christian? Joke's on you!
The US Government is not composed of equally important parts. For example, if the Department of Education went away tomorrow, the States would still have their respective education departments that would carry out the functions of educating America's youth. The US Department of Agriculture is important but if it went away, the impact of 50 million Americans on food stamps would be noteworthy and farmers wouldn't be receiving subsidy checks not to grow certain crops, but food would still be produced and it would make it to market. I have nothing against USDA - but it needs to be about 50% smaller than it is. The Department of Education is unnecessary. 

Leader of the Free World
FEMA is useful in a very limited sense, but Billions pour into that rat hole every year and when a disaster strikes, they arrive about the time that the respective states have cleaned up the mess. I think you could could cut the budget in half and nobody would know it.

I spoke to Paul Nathanson over the weekend. He is a retired FBI Special Agent who works with the association of FBI agents which is not part of the Bureau, but deals with internal advocacy, offers scholarships and sends cards and flowers when they're called for, etc. Nathanson believed that between the furloughs and the cuts, the FBI's ability to do what it does has been impacted more than the 10% reduction. A lot of people who were of an age that could retire, did and took jobs in the civilian market. Because of the cuts, there are no FBI Academy classes underway. Because of the fuel budget, FBI automobile use has been severely cut back and in some divisions, agents car pool from interview to interview.
rodeo clown
“I was very surprised to learn how severe the required cut is and the potential impact on this organization. Frankly, as a taxpayer and as an American I was surprised, and it didn’t make any sense to me that the FBI director would be asked not just to cut 3,000 positions but, given what's on our plate, to send folks home for a couple of weeks without pay." -James Comey, FBI Director - Sept. 19, 2013
h/t daily time waster
The component of USGOV that tracked terrorists and drug cartel members with Man Portable Surface to Air Missile Systems (MANPADS) and assisted other countries in taking them into custody was disbanded and the mission was given over to the US Army's Military Attaches in various US Embassies. That means that the mission was effectively scrubbed. More time for blogging?

The US Navy's ability to deploy and maintain itself while deployed has been seriously degraded. The Navy still has claws, but they can't reach quite as far for quite as long as it used to. Most procurement programs have been put on hold and there is very limited money to repair equipment. When you consider equipment failure rates at sea and in an operational setting and how that impacts the ability for the navy to function, it's not a joke.

Social Welfare programs haven't suffered significant degradations and the welfare checks still go out on time to buy votes for the Democratic Party. The multi-trillion dollar ObamaCare program is on track to be rolled out on Tuesday in the hopes of buying votes --- though whether it will actually buy votes or cost votes, nobody's quite sure anymore. If your employment hours were cut from 40 to 29, you may rethink your love for Barack.

If any of you have forgotten Obama's credentials, they are listed (above-right) in his own words...