The USS Harry Truman was slated to deploy to the Persian Gulf Friday. Its deployment was canceled. The Navy announced that it cannot afford to have more than one carrier battle group in the Gulf at a time.
Think about that.
Or, this: The Navy will delay the refueling of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln for an unknown period of time because of the uncertain fiscal environment due to the ongoing budget battle, the service told Congress in a message obtained by USNI News.
(In a related note, O’s Pentagon is extending military benefits to same-sex partners. Good to see that the Regime has its priorities “straight.”)
It’s still unclear whether O and Congressional Republicans will strike a deal to head off the March 1 deadline for avoiding sweeping automatic military cuts, but regardless, Russia is set to surpass U.S. defense spending – when viewed as a percentage of GDP – in just two years.
Moreover, China has been been steadily increasing its military budget for more than a decade, according to Jim Thomas of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments:
“You’ve seen double-digit increases in Chinese defense spending for more than 15 years now. That really should not only give pause to the United States, but it really should be a source of concern for the countries in the region as well.”
Obviously, Jim doesn’t have his priorities straight, right, O?
As to be expected, O’s disingenuous partner in crime, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta – assuming a budget agreement isn’t reached – spins it this way:
“Instead of being a first-rate power in the world, we’d turn into a second-rate power. That would be the result of sequester.”
Translation: “Isn’t it ingenious how Lord Obama was able to invent sequestration so he could blackmail Republicans with threats of draconian slashes to the military – particularly given how much he loathes the Armed Forces of the United States?”
While there is no immediate danger of the U.S. falling behind its adversaries in defense spending, its worth remembering that O – as he continues to do in a number of areas – is determined to steadily chip away at America’s military – every chance he gets.
Case in point: I read today that the Regime has decided all by its smart little self that the number of U.S. nuclear warheads could be cut by a third or more – unilaterally – without harming national security. (Upon hearing the news, China and Russia said: “This guy must really suck at the poker table.”)
Anyway, look for O to go after nukes in tonight’s SOTU. Laughingly, I bet he’ll somehow use North Korea’s latest nuclear test as an excuse to argue for further reductions to the U.S. arsenal. Go figure.