Obama: the US can no longer fight the world's battles

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Matthew, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. Matthew
    Offline

    Matthew Blue dog all the way!

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2010
    Messages:
    49,755
    Thanks Received:
    4,609
    Trophy Points:
    1,885
    Location:
    Portland Oregon
    Ratings:
    +15,215
    Obama: the US can no longer fight the world's battles


    President plans to cut half a million troops and says US can't afford to wage two wars at once


    The mighty American military machine that has for so long secured the country's status as the world's only superpower will have to be drastically reduced, Barack Obama warned yesterday as he set out a radical but more modest new set of priorities for the Pentagon over the next decade.


    Click HERE to view 'America's shrinking military' graphic

    After the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that defined the first decade of the 21st century, Mr Obama's blueprint for the military's future acknowledged that America will no longer have the resources to conduct two such major operations simultaneously.

    SNIP---
    The specifics of the new proposals, set out in a document entitled "Sustaining US Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense", have yet to be fleshed out. But they are likely to entail a reduction of up to 490,000 in a total military personnel now standing at some 1.6 million worldwide, as well as cuts in costly procurement programmes – some originally designed for a Cold War environment.


    ...
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...-longer-fight-the-worlds-battles-6285629.html

    I totally agree with Barack Obama on this as WE need not be the worlds police anymore. This sounds much like what I wanted anyways with the focus shifted to the pacific and out of the middle east. I want Obama to pull all of our troops out of the middle east and Africa...Close the fucking bases too. Refocus our military on national defense using the pacific as screwing around in a sand pit is a waste of time. This means keep our navy to make sure no nations can get here and put troops on the borders.

    I'd cut the military to 400 billion per year. To hell with the middle east...We tried, but those people will never ever change. WE need to wash our hands of it. Obama is right!

    No war with Iran or Pakistan. Let them rule the middle east if they so wish. What's it to us? :eusa_boohoo:

    Between this and the improving economy, I'm starting to think Obama may get another 4 years.
     
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2012
  2. Lakhota
    Online

    Lakhota Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2011
    Messages:
    47,731
    Thanks Received:
    4,712
    Trophy Points:
    1,855
    Location:
    Native America
    Ratings:
    +16,023
    Wise move. Defense spending consumes too much of budget.
     
  3. Matthew
    Offline

    Matthew Blue dog all the way!

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2010
    Messages:
    49,755
    Thanks Received:
    4,609
    Trophy Points:
    1,885
    Location:
    Portland Oregon
    Ratings:
    +15,215
  4. Matthew
    Offline

    Matthew Blue dog all the way!

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2010
    Messages:
    49,755
    Thanks Received:
    4,609
    Trophy Points:
    1,885
    Location:
    Portland Oregon
    Ratings:
    +15,215
    I'd cut to 400 billion or 4 times the next up military and reduce our military to 650,000. ON the other hand I'd keep the navy intact so no nation can get to our shores to fight us, ever! Fuck the rest of the world. Time for europe to build their own military's!:badgrin: Go Obama!!!
     
  5. Avorysuds
    Offline

    Avorysuds Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2010
    Messages:
    13,834
    Thanks Received:
    1,655
    Trophy Points:
    245
    Location:
    Eugene Oregon
    Ratings:
    +2,141
    Over 10 years? That's it?? LOLZ...

    Either get it done in your time as President or don't pretend others will do it for you.
     
  6. westwall
    Offline

    westwall USMB Mod Staff Member Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2010
    Messages:
    41,016
    Thanks Received:
    7,987
    Trophy Points:
    1,830
    Location:
    Nevada
    Ratings:
    +19,785
    We shouldn't be the worlds policemen. Let the damned UN do that job with its other member nations. We pay for it, let the others do the bleeding for once.
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 2
  7. Political Junky
    Offline

    Political Junky Gold Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2009
    Messages:
    19,563
    Thanks Received:
    2,948
    Trophy Points:
    260
    Ratings:
    +5,541
    The military budget is still more than it was under Bush, Jr.
     
  8. zonly1
    Offline

    zonly1 Probie still throwin'em

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Messages:
    1,255
    Thanks Received:
    149
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    on the map
    Ratings:
    +150
    What was the US armed forces in the 1930's vs today ?
     
  9. zonly1
    Offline

    zonly1 Probie still throwin'em

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Messages:
    1,255
    Thanks Received:
    149
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    on the map
    Ratings:
    +150
    Your the pigeon that the enemies are banking on. Our enemy knows our weakness, pigeon. Where do we start? Finances.....
    GOLDMAN: The World's Going To Hell In A Handbasket?Here's How To Cash In! - Business Insider

    Soros: Euro Crisis More Serious than the Crash of 2008

    Soros is shorting the dollar. He wants the domino effect....war. He set you up.
     
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2012
  10. Wacky Quacky
    Offline

    Wacky Quacky Silver Member

    Joined:
    May 16, 2011
    Messages:
    1,824
    Thanks Received:
    327
    Trophy Points:
    98
    Ratings:
    +376
    I love that the president said it, but his actions during his first four years tells a very different story. I cannot take his statement as anything but campaigning.
     

Share This Page