Well, America better step up their robotics technology darn quick, because Obama's outright assault on the military all but assures us that we'll not be able to recruit enough men and women to fight a minor drug cartel uprising in Mexico very soon, much less be prepared for a "two and a half war" scenario.
Just this week we learned that Obama has directed the Department of Defense to draw up plans to close the military commissaries located at 271 military bases in the country. He also plans to shut down the century old Stars and Stripes Newspaper and the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service.
Let me present my case on why these are not only bad ideas; they also represent three of the least costly DOD programs in existence.
First of all, I truly believe Obama's assault on military practice and tradition is simply part of his overall attack on all American institutions; it's all part of that hope and change stuff and fits well with his life long campaign to turn America into a Socialist state.
Okay, let me explain the Military Commissary system to you. Using the buying power of 271 commissary stores, the commissary buys food and miscellaneous items in bulk and sell them at cost to active duty and retired military members. To cover the costs of employees (stockers and cashiers) and facility maintenance the commissary charges the member a 3 percent surcharge. Commissary baggers work for tips only. So, the commissary system is self supporting and places no budget demands on the DOD budget…and it saves our military and retired about 30 percent on their grocery bill.
Now, somewhere Obama and his minions have found a billion dollars that is somehow channelled into the commissary system. I don't know where that figure comes from, unless it is some high up federal bureaucrats on the payroll somewhere, but let's suppose it's correct. That $1 billion dollars is nothing but an accounting "rounding error" if it were part of Obama's massive $400 billion dollar welfare program. Anyway, Obama wants to kill the commissary so I guess it will be done…and again, perhaps without approval from the Congress. The Defense Cost Analyst in charge of the program cuts says these cuts can be done under the mandatory sequestration cuts already mandated. Oh, and by the way, 30% of commissary employees are military wives so we can expect these employees to file for an unemployment check which will cost far more than the spare change that was going toward commissary operations.
Next in line for the chopping block is the Stars and Stripes Newspaper. Again, this program is manned by military members who are being trained to be journalists, news photographers, copy editors, and the like. It puts out a tabloid size paper every morning, seven days a week, and offers an objective reporting of the world as well as service news to the troops. The newspaper was often delivered on the same pallet as the bullets..and the troops were kept informed. The Stars and Stripes has survived The Civil War, The Great Depression and World War II and Korea and Vietnam and the Middle East Conflicts…but I guess it's not part of Obama's legion of main stream media admirers so it's gotta go too.
Finally, Obama will end over 75 years of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. This service has carried news and entertainment to our troops on the most remote Pacific Isle, to both the north and south poles, to remote jungle bases in Vietnam, to the deserts of Arabia. Radio and television journalists are, again, solely military members who are training to be journalists and radio jocks. The military members who fill these positions don't receive a dime of extra pay for these duties and AFRTS is a godsend to our troops overseas. Hollywood has always freely provided free TV programming so that our troops could watch what folks back home were watching and the U.S government has never paid a dime for these programs, including getting to watch football and baseball and basketball. You have no doubt seen live shots of those troops watching a football game from back home…those shots are coming directly from AFRTS.
Folks, I cannot tell you how badly all of this hurts me. I wrote a few weeks ago about Obama's never ending tentacles weaving their way into every facet of American life..and destroying it…and this is no different. Obama frequently commandeers a group of military to stand in front of and promises we'll not be forgotten, even as the VA waiting lists extend to over 8 months just to see a VA doctor, or the fact that the scary VA hospitals have literally killed our vets through bad medical practice. And it is the Socialist slug Obama who purges 197 senior military officers who have threatened to blow the lid off of Benghazi, or who refused to stand down during Benghazi or who have refused to sign a pledge to fire on American citizens if ordered to do so by their Commander in Chief, to the Obama who forced our senior staff to swallow openly gay service, a swallow every bit as impressive as a John Holmes movie, to forcing our first line combat unit to lower standards to accommodate women on the front lines when it is clear they cannot meet the physical standards.
Well, the war is on and Obama is clearly winning it…I fear that even our 240 year old military institutions won't survive another three years of Obama.