Trump Takes First Steps In Restoring Shrunken Military

 

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While President Obama did indeed inherit military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan from his predecessor, President George W. Bush, he chose to maintain those conflicts and even added forces in Southwest Asia shortly after he took office.

But Obama (and Congress) also presided over a drawdown of U.S. forces not seen in decades, and today, incoming President Donald J. Trump has a military that is badly in need of growth and an overhaul. Both will need to happen, and as hastily as possible, if the United States is to be prepared to effectively deal with a range of threats and potential crises.

Writing in The Daily Signal, Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Spoehr, U.S. Army (Ret.), a director at the Center for National Defense at The Heritage Foundation, noted that an executive order issued by the president during his first week in office, which has gotten far less attention than those dealing with immigration policy, is a huge first step in restoring the U.S. military.

The order, titled “Rebuilding the U.S. Armed Forces,” instructs Secretary of Defense James Mattis to perform a 30-day analysis of the current overall force readiness, while assessing the military’s ability to conduct operations against the Islamic State and other pockets of Islamic terrorism, as well as near-peer adversaries and regional competitors. (RELATED: Stay current on the current state of national defense at NationalSecurity.news)

“This review is critically needed,” Spoehr wrote, adding that the Heritage Foundation has been out in front encouraging just such a review, based on the think tank’s own assessment of the U.S. military contained in a report called, “Heritage 2017 Index of U.S. Military Strength.” The assessment examined “overall military capability as ‘marginal, trending towards weak’ because of many years of budget cuts and overuse.”

Spoehr said the assessment found that the U.S. Army, at present, is the smallest it’s been since the beginning of World War II, the Navy is the smallest since World War I, and the Air Force is suffering from a critical lack of pilots and maintenance personnel. (Heritage found the average Air Force plane is 27 years old.) And, as National Security has reported, Marine Corps aviation is practically on life support.

“For too long the nation, and the president, has neglected the state of military readiness in favor of other priorities,” Spoehr wrote. “This 30-day review will allow the defense secretary and the president to establish the facts and determine the necessary priorities for the rebuilding of the military.” (RELATED: What’s the latest and coolest survival and prepping equipment? Find out at Gear.news)

In addition, the retired general noted, the commander-in-chief’s order calls for measures aimed at reducing “commitments not directly related to the highest priority operations to make resources available for training and maintenance,” something he believes is long overdue.

As further noted in the document, “Blueprint for Balance,” the Pentagon spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year on programs unrelated to the military’s primary mission of defending the nation and waging war.

“Although there won’t be enough resources identified just through cuts and efficiencies to fix the Pentagon’s readiness problems,” Spoehr noted, “every little bit helps.”

Most important, perhaps, is that Trump’s order directs Mattis and the director of the Office of Budget and Management to craft a new emergency funding request for the coming fiscal year (which began Oct. 1), and to make appropriate changes to the not-yet-released military budget request for Fiscal Year 2018. The commander-in-chief wants to make sure funds are available to speed up force reconstruction. (RELATED: Stay current on the current state of national defense at NationalSecurity.news)

“That direction aligns with recommendations from both Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas. McCain and Thornberry, the chairmen of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, respectively, both have a clear-eyed view of the critical state of the U.S. military and have written persuasively on the need for additional defense funding,” the retired Army general wrote.

And, finally, the order calls for a new nuclear posture and reviews of missile defense, two areas vital to our defense that suffered immeasurably under the Obama administration. The think tank, Spoehr said, has regularly and loudly proclaimed the need for reviews and for additional investments into the country’s nuclear and missile defense technologies.

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for Natural News and News Target, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.

Sources:

DailySignal.com

NationalSecurity.news

GoodGopher.com

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Refuse Fascism Group Behind Berkeley Riot Received $50k from George Soros

One of the far-left “anti-fascist” groups behind last week’s riot in Berkeley, Refuse Fascism, received $50,000 from a group backed by socialist billionaire George Soros, according to the Daily Caller.

The Alliance for Global Justice, which is funded by the George Soros-backed Tides Foundation, reportedly donated $50,000 to fund Refuse Fascism, which openly brags about using violence to shut down conservative and libertarian speech.

“While it is unclear whether those who carried out the violence were paid to do so, the benefactors of the Alliance for Global Justice — and Refuse Fascism — are listed online,” reported the Daily Caller. “According to its most recent 990 tax form, Alliance for Global Justice (AfGJ) received $2.2 million in funding for the fiscal year ending in March 2016. One of the group’s biggest donors is the Tides Foundation, a non-profit funded by billionaire progressive philanthropist George Soros. Tides gave AfGJ $50,000.”

“Other notable donors include the city of Tucson and the United Steel Workers labor union. The former gave $10,000 to AfGJ while the latter contributed $5,000,” they continued. “Charities associated with several major corporations also donated. Patagonia.org, the outdoor apparel and equipment company, gave $40,000. The Ben & Jerry Foundation, the charity associated with the ice cream maker, gave $20,000. And Lush Cosmetic gave $43,950. Another bit of irony is seen in the $5,000 contribution from the Peace Development Fund, a group that claims to support organizations that fight for human rights and social justice.”

The group defended the violent riot at Berkeley on Facebook, which left numerous Trump supporters and fans of MILO injured and bloody, before deleting their post.

“Dismantling police fences is not violent,” they claimed, according to the Daily Caller, ignoring the rest of the violence that occured. “And to compare preventing someone like that from speaking to the real-world violence that they perpetuate every day is ludicrous.”

Refuse Fascism also branded the riot as “righteous,” and encouraged more violence to shut down conservatives in a post on their website.

“Last night, thousands of students professors and others protested the appearance and organizing rally of Milo Yiannopoulos, a major fascist operative, shutting it down. This was righteous and much more like this is needed,” the group proclaimed. “Let’s be clear: Milo Yiannopoulos is not engaging in ‘free speech.’ He is consciously spearheading the Nazification of the American University.”

The riot started at UC Berkeley on Wednesday after protesters against Breitbart Senior Editor MILO became increasingly violent outside of his show.

“Anti-fascists” started several fires, smashed windows and ATMs, looted downtown stores, attacked cars, and assaulted dozens of MILO fans, male and female, who they falsely accused of being “Nazis.”

Despite the large amount of violence, numerous reports indicate that police officers refused to intervene, and only one suspect was arrested.

UFC veteran and professional MMA fighter Jake Shields was even forced to rescue a man who was being assaulted by left-wing rioters after police allegedly refused to intervene.

“Like fifteen people were trying to attack him and others were cheering them on,” explained Shields, who managed to successfully rescue the man, in an interview with Breitbart News. “No one helped, no one had the balls to step in, so my reaction was to run in and start picking people off.”

“More chaos started happening, so I went up to the police and tried bringing them back, but they were just like ‘we’re not really going over there. You should just stay away.’” he continued. “I don’t know if they were taking orders from someone or if they were just being lazy. I don’t know what the situation was, but it was pathetic to watch. Our police, who are supposed to defend the citizens of Berkeley. It’s a sad scene that they would allow that.”

The national co-coordinator for the Alliance for Global Justice, Chuck Kaufman, claimed he wasn’t aware that Refuse Fascism were involved in the riots, but defended their involvement citing the fact that numerous far-left groups joined in.

“I wasn’t aware that Refuse Fascism was involved, but probably they were one of a whole lot of groups calling to shut down Milo Yiannopoulos’ hate speech,” said Kaufman to The Daily Caller. “AfGJ acts as fiscal sponsor for Refuse Fascism which means we process tax-deductible donations for them. As long as their use of the money falls into areas permitted for tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations, we don’t involve ourselves one way or the other in their program work.”

Several celebrities and news outlets expressed support for the riot, including Hollywood director Judd Apatow, who deleted his tweet shortly after, and Fusion, who smeared MILO as a “Nazi,” before praising rioters.

The day after, MILO’s tour bus was tracked down by “anti-fascists” and vandalized, forcing both him and his team to evacuate the premises after his location was leaked online.

Four anti-fascists were also arrested last week after they became violent during a protest against libertarian commentator and VICE co-founder Gavin McInnes, who was speaking at New York University.

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George Soros The most Disgusting Human Being

I cannot think of anyone more disgusting than George Soros.

You have a whole chorus of Soros’ lying, cheating thieves that following you.

Who ever knew as evil as you are that someone would follow you!

you are the most despicable person on planet earth.

It had to really hurt whoever gave birth.

Just to see the sight of you.

It had to be a  painful aching birth.

To see your face on earth and to think of a demented man’s acquired worth.

you stole your worth from the innocent Jews.

and got your riches from the holocaust news.

There’s no excuse!

When you die the demons will come hunting you.

Because you were a man that sold your soul to the devil for a rich man’s selfish view.

And all will cheer the death of GEORGE SOROS.

AND FINALLY, THERE WILL BE AN END TO YOU!

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