I am very concerned for America's safety. Our military, though the best in the world, is tired and war weary. Having been continuously at war for over a decade now, our warriors are fatigued. Battle-hardened? Yes, BUT....
Now we have sequestration to contend with.
I'm writing about an hour from Fort Bragg, NC. My community is made up of a considerable number of military veterans. We talk. And we are concerned for what is happening to our military and our country.
You're not likely to hear this by way of the Mainstream Media, but the US is in grave danger.
Almost four years ago, I was concerned then and penned a piece about those concerns.
I am offering a second look at a few thoughts I had then that I believe are still valid today, maybe even more valid today than then.
Thank you for your continued support.
J. D. Longstreet
(Originally published in June of 2009)
Standing Astride the Bulls-Eye
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
While the totally ineffective UN plays at placating Ahmadinejad, he grows stronger as he nears the realization of his dream of an Iranian Atom bomb. Our new socialist President is having far too much fun playing with his own private “Kitchen Cabinet” many have dubbed Obama’s Politburo of Czars, to get serious about Iran, other than his offer to “talk” to them. Meeting and talking to the Iranians will accomplish nothing except to raise the Iranians stock in the eyes of their follows at home. For America to meet and talk to the Iranians will be seen as a victory for Iran and will give the Iranians equal footing with America in the world of diplomacy.
But Ahmadinejad is not America’s only enemy these days. Add to the growing list North Korea. Although North Korea has never REALLY been off that list, she has, once again, moved to the top.
If the US were blessed with forward thinking leaders, we would be building up our armed forces in preparation for the confrontation, which, eventually, will come. But we cannot do so with the Old Hippie Congress and their own fascination with the power that comes to the few in leadership positions under America’s new socialism
If the government were serious about the defense of this country, which is their very first obligation as leaders, then, the US “standing Army” would be doubled. Our Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corp need to be doubled in strength… and as quickly as possible. If that means re-institution of the draft… then so be it. When the next war comes, it won’t be fought from 15,000 feet with smart bombs. It will be a slug-fest in the air, on the sea, and on the land. It will not be contained in the Middle East. The continental US will be hit. We can count on it! Missiles launched from ships, lying off shore in international waters, can burst through our radar defenses, and hit targets before we can react to stop them.
The US military, though “battle-hardened” is seriously tired. Shortsightedness, and a tendency to believe “we can all just get along,” has led the US into a “head in the sand” policy which will come back to haunt us… and to hurt us.
The US needs a crash program, right now; to build up our military might to a state of readiness we reached in the midst of the Second World War. Although our leaders don’t want to admit it, we are facing the same intensity of danger as we did at the beginning of that war when our military was at (or near) its lowest ebb.
When one looks at the threats to the security of the US today and compares it to the reaction of our leadership toward meeting that threat, if one has an ounce of sense, one must be seriously concerned. Our Congressional leadership is pathetic.
Well, I have news for Congress… and the White House. (It ought not be news to the Congress or the President, but it apparently is.) We have only just begun to pay for all the years of relative peace we have enjoyed as a nation. In the conflicts ahead, there will be no room for political correctness. There will be no call for “winning the hearts and minds” of our enemies. We won’t have time! We’ll be fighting for our very existence!
In the meantime, I fully expect our President, Obama, to continue along his fairy tale path, assured in his own ignorance, that he can talk and negotiate his way out of war with any nation, until thousands of Americans lie dead, and irradiated, in the streets of our large east coast cities. (Now that we are, once again, toe to toe with North Korea, America’s West Coast is in serious danger from North Korean Missiles as well.)
America is as vulnerable as I have ever known her to be. Unfortunately, I have come to believe that it will take a mushroom cloud over the cities of New York, Boston, LA, San Francisco, or the states of Alaska, or Hawaii, or even our nation’s capital city, Washington, DC to wake us up!
The US is playing at suicide while our enemies circle us, with fangs bared, ready to pounce. They are spurred on by what they have decided is weakness on the part of America’s leadership. It is only a matter if time until they know what so many of America’s citizens already know. The US is as vulnerable as she has ever been. And America stands astride the bull’s eye.
© J. D. Longstreet