Military strained by Obama trip

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    Military strained by Obama trip

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    President Obama's European visit this week has strained Air Force heavy-airlift capabilities and obliged the military to hire more foreign contractors to help resupply U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, according to military sources.

    The large delegation traveling with the president in Europe required moving several transports, including jumbo C-5s and C-17s, from sorties ferrying supplies to Afghanistan to European bases for the presidential visit, said two military officials familiar with the issue. They spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid any misunderstanding with White House officials.

    The Air Mobility Command, part of the U.S. Transportation Command, was ordered to provide airlift for the president's entourage of nearly 500 people, including senior officials, staff, support personnel, news reporters and some 200 Secret Service agents for the European visit, which began Tuesday in London.
    Washington Times - Military strained by Obama trip
     
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    Oh, c'mon, Yurt. Why weren't you griping about all the same stuff when Bush did it?
     
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    Back up your mouth. Provide evidence that "Bush was doing it."

    After you do, I'll point out once again ad nauseum, that Bush is not President. Obama is. If you leftwingers are supposed to be "so much better" then how is "we can do it because so-n-so did" an excuse?
     
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    what gunny said...and further, point out where i griped...

    :eusa_liar:
     
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    George W. Bush, Dick Cheney's 2007 White House Bills
    A recent report discloses Bush and Cheney's office expenditures for 2007
    Posted February 19, 2009
    $12,337,476: Amount spent on improvements and repair of the Executive Residence at the White House
    $8,694: Entertainment expenses for President Bush
    $52, 974: Entertainment expenses for Vice President Cheney
    $103,325: Subsistence expenses for those traveling with the president


    this is for one year only....bush did spend a lot of time on the campaign trail
     
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    Bush had equally as large entourages accompanying him on overseas trips. He also had more Secret Service in attendance than any other preceding president because of his unpopularity overseas. As for use of other aircraft in the vicinity, this is a full-week tour of major European countries, not just an overnighter. This is such a non-issue, and so very typical of the right-wing Washington Times.

    I'm also sick of hearing that we shouldn't blame Bush for the current messes. Like everything came crashing down on January 21, 2009. Yeah, okey-dokey. :eusa_whistle:
     
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    so being that the dems are better than the pubs i would expect that theirs will be less....
     
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    When Bush travelled while we were much more active in replenishing our efforts in Iraq (all those pallets of cash, y'know. I could've enjoyed working one of those flights) his flight entourage demands caused quite a 'strain' on the mliltary.
    It is hard to shuffle flights and planes and top priority material from a cancelled flight to an already full flight when the air is full of heavy movment of men and material. The President's itinerary and travel requirements is extremely well managed by the best people in the Air Force, and it is very secret.
    Military logisitics planners are not told which planes are no longer available, or why. The unavailbility is often disguised when Air Force One planners snag resources by assigning planes under "required maintenance down time".
    Wait until Obama or a top security person official comes to your town. The place has to be shut down, flights in and out are pretty much locked up, the motorcade route is inaccessible.
    Welcome to the 21st century. What we have to do to avoid any more assassinations.
     
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    I must be missing where it says he diverted strategic military assets to cater to his entourage.
     
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    And I'm sick of hearing everything is Bush's fault. It isn't. Period. If you have a hard time comprehending the fact to that, let me know.

    Not to mention it's a deflection. Where are your sources to back up your assertions? I'll wait.
     

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