Forget two-front war, U.S. can’t fight one

OneNewsNow.com, by Chad Groening & Billy Davis, August 25, 2015

A national defense analyst says the U.S. military has lost its ability to fight a prolonged conventional war because of President Obama. 

“Thirty years ago, we had 350,000,” Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis (USA-Ret.) says of the U.S. armed forces. “Now we’re down to 60 to 65,000 and most of those are not fighters.”

jetThe Pentagon announced last year that the U.S. military would shrink to numbers the mirror pre-World War II levels.

According to The Daily Beast, the Pentagon has learned it’s not prepared for a sustained military campaign against Russia if a conflict erupts in Europe.

“The U.S. military has run the numbers on a sustained fight with Moscow,” the news website reported in an August 14 story, “and they do not look good for the American side.”

The story explained the U.S. military conducted a table-top exercise and an actual field exercise with NATO partners earlier this summer, and both exercises concluded the U.S. could not maintain a sustained fight against Russia.

Maginnis, a senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council, says a war in Eastern Europe would involve different challenges.

“We’re talking, in Eastern Europe, about conventional operations, which is a different proposition, different types of weaponry and different types of tactics,” he tells OneNewsNow.

shipFor many decades the United States’ military doctrine has been to fight a “two-front war” and have the capability to sustain both war fronts. That vision was officially scrapped in 2012, with the plan blamed on cuts to the Pentagon budget.

Last year, The New York Times reported on the coming cuts:

Officials who saw an early draft of the announcement acknowledge that budget cuts will impose greater risk on the armed forces if they are again ordered to carry out two large-scale military actions at the same time: Success would take longer, they say, and there would be a larger number of casualties. Officials also say that a smaller military could invite adventurism by adversaries.

RussianA year later, according to the Daily Beast story, the U.S. would be stretched in a fight on only one front in Eastern Europe.

The United States outpaces other countries in military spending but military spending in China and Russia, and even India and Australia, are increasing while the U.S. is decreasing, The Military Times reported earlier this year.

There is also the manpower problem, Maginnis says, as well as another problem: Obama is a feckless commander-in-chief.

“There’s nothing that President Obama’s going to really do,” Maginnis predicts, “other than a rather tepid response by a series of exercises that comes with some equipment, not real heavy lethal equipment.”

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2 responses

  1. Senator_Blutarsky | Reply

    ” I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any
    threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within”
    General Douglas MacArthur

    In 1957, he (MacArthur) lashed out at large Pentagon budgets. ‘Our government
    has kept us in a perpetual state of fear-kept us in a continuous stampede of
    patriotic fervor-with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has
    been some terrible evil to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it
    by furnishing the exorbitant funds demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these
    disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real.
    – General Douglas MacArthur as quoted in “American Ceaser”, by William
    Manchester, Little Brown, 1978, p.692

    “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed
    (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series
    of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
    H L Mencken

    FUSA spends more on “defense” than the next 10 nations combined

  2. Senator_Blutarsky | Reply

    lets see…….Korea= LOST……………..’Nam= LOST…………Iraq = LOST……Afghan= lost but making the world supply of heroin safe, protecting the poppy fields by US troops, for US intelligence agencies,- the biggest drug-runners in the world

    Sure lets dump trillions more in to “defense” because some bought-paid-for generals are looking for a consultants job in the defense industry as soon as they retire….or a cushy analysts job on FAUX ..err…..Fox News

    Can anyone point to a single success that the interventionists have had over the last 25 years?
    – Ron Paul, “How Many More Wars?” [February 16, 2015)

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