In yet another staggering and disgraceful turn of the Obama tale, Fox News is now reporting that the U.S. Marine Corps has been grounded by the Obama administration. How? The harmful policies and actions of the liberal Obama administration have undercut the Marine Corps preparedness and have led to only 30% of the Marines’ aircraft being ready to fly.
Today, the vast majority of Marine Corps aircraft can’t fly. The reasons behind the grounding of these aircraft include the toll of long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the fight against ISIS and budget cuts precluding the purchase of the parts needed to fix an aging fleet, according to dozens of Marines interviewed by Fox News at two air stations in the Carolinas this week.
Out of 276 F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters in the Marine Corps inventory, only about 30% are ready to fly, according to statistics provided by the Corps. Similarly, only 42 of 147 heavy-lift CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters are airworthy.
Lack of funds has forced the Marines to go outside the normal supply chain to procure desperately needed parts. Cannibalization, or taking parts from one multi-million dollar aircraft to get other multi-million dollar aircraft airborne, has become the norm.
To get one Hornet flying again, Marines at Beaufort stripped a landing gear door off a mothballed museum jet. The door, found on the flight deck of the World War II-era USS Yorktown, was last manufactured over a decade ago.
“Our aviation readiness is really my No. 1 concern,” Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller told Congress last month. “We don’t have enough airplanes that we would call ‘ready basic aircraft.”
To make matters worse, it’s not as if we’ve seen cutbacks in funding during the Obama era. No, quite the opposite, federal spending has risen to levels never seen in the history of our planet! Nevertheless, the Obama administration has cut funding to the military by over $100 BILLION, even as they’ve chosen to spend more on other programs.
Col. Allen West writes that this situation, coupled with other recent Obama military failures, paints a bleak picture of the current status of our fighting forces.
Consider this week, as we shared with you, the close quarters attack formation buzzing of an American Navy destroyer in international waters of the Baltic Sea while doing flight ops with Polish helicopters. Reports and video indicated the Russian Su-24 fighter jets were within 30 feet of our vessel. Of course, after the fact, SecState John Kerry issues a terse statement of strong condemnation saying, “we could have shot those planes down.” We look neutered, unlike Turkey, who did shoot down the Russian jets.
Once again, we have a very embarrassing moment for our Naval service, and trust me, those Sailors ain’t happy about having their warship buzzed, or being put on their knees at gun point by the Iranians…
This is what we need from these chuckleheads like Mabus, Carter, and Brad: just admit you’re incapable of defending our country. Admit you are as Alexander the Great stated, sheep trying to lead lions, and you are failing. No more Sailors on their knees. No more Russians buzzing our warships. No more crappy rules of engagement. No more of you lily liver slack-jawed wussies who are causing these embarrassing moments for our Warriors.
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West Point Forces Cadets to Undergo ‘Gender Diversity’ Training, Says Men are ‘Toxic’
America’s premiere military school, West Point, is now forcing cadets to learn about “gender norms,” “diversity,” and “inclusion.”
America’s premiere military school, West Point, is now forcing cadets to learn about “gender norms,” “diversity,” and “inclusion,” instead of teaching cadets in training useful leadership skills.
The absurd PCing of the school is so bad that one cadet was heard grousing that they are teaching him “how NOT to be a man.”
Last week the military school held what it called its “Honorably Living Day,” an event described as promoting “diversity, inclusion and acceptance of people from differing backgrounds, races and genders.”
West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams laughably insisted that the politically correct indoctrination would further “combat readiness.”
According to Breitbart News, cadets were forced to watch several documentaries that celebrate transgenderism and the gay lifestyle.
Cadets were obligated to view Miss Representation and The Mask You Live In, two documentary films produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, first lady of California and wife of Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA).
Miss Representation features commentary from assorted left-wing and partisan Democrat figures, including Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA), Katie Couric, Rosario Dawson, Jane Fonda, Rachel Maddow, Rosie O’Donnell, and Gloria Steinem.
Miss Representation for instance passes off the claim that America is sexist and hates women.
“If people knew that Cuba, China, Iraq, and Afghanistan have more women in government than the United States of America, that would get some people upset,” leftist Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom says in the film. He added, “One of the first things I did when I became mayor of San Francisco is that I appointed a female police chief, and then a female fire chief. … People thought I was trying to make some grand statement, when in fact I was actually just hiring the most qualified two candidates.”
The film also tells viewers that America is not a “legitimate” democracy because the country hates women.
For its part, The Mask You Live In claims that being a male is “toxic” and that men have to stop being men to “fix” American society. The film also pushes transgenderism and a tearing down of “gender norms.”
“Be a man,’ that’s one of the most destructive phrases in this culture,” one person in the film says.
So, there you have it, America. Our top military school is preparing our soldiers for transgender awareness, are being told men are dangerous monsters, and are being told that the very country they may end up fighting for is intrinsically evil.
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Downed US Aircraft in Taliban Territory Still a Mystery
If true, this could spell big trouble for the Taliban.
While Iran may be fresh on the minds of those concerned about rising tensions in the Middle East, the Taliban are certainly making the case that they, too, are to be feared.
Iran’s recent aggression toward the United States has been startling. Not only did they back a militia that attempted to ransack the US Embassy in Baghdad, but then launched 15 ballistic missiles in the direction of US troops stationed in Iraq as retaliation for the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani – which itself was a retaliation for the aforementioned embassy siege.
Now, only three weeks removed from those skirmishes, the Taliban is throwing their hat into the ring of anti-American fervor in the region, claiming to have shot down a US Air Force plane carrying members of the CIA.
A U.S. military aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, a Taliban spokesman and Afghan journalist affiliated with the militant group said.
A U.S. Army spokeswoman declined to comment on the Taliban claim, but video from the crash site circulating on social media appeared to suggest the aircraft was a U.S. Air Force electronic surveillance plane.
Tariq Ghazniwal, a journalist in the area, said that he saw the burning aircraft. In an exchange on Twitter, he told The Associated Press that he saw two bodies and the front of the aircraft was badly burned. He added that the aircraft’s body and tail were hardly damaged. His information could not be independently verified.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the U.S. Air Force plane crashed in the Ghazni province.
If the story is true as told, then the Taliban may have very well put a target on their backs, as US President Donald Trump seems unflinching in willingness to respond to such actions with force as of late.
American and Russian Troops Face Off in Surprise Middle Eastern Melee
While this particular incident ended peacefully, it serves as yet another reminder that no all is well between the White House and the Kremlin.
It would be foolish to deny that the United States and Russia are engaged in some form of New Cold War, yet still, some turn a blind eye to the geopolitical nightmare unfolding before our eyes.
No matter how you feel about the outcome of the 2016 election, the attempts of the Russian government to meddle in American democracy are undeniable. Vladimir Putin wants only two things in this life – power and chaos – and he believes that one can manifest the other.
Now, with a strange story developing in Ukraine, Russia stands to insert themselves even further into the American political psyche.
This is why today’s news out of the Middle East is so alarming.
U.S. troops last weekend reportedly found themselves in a standoff with Russian forces trying to gain access to key oil fields in northeastern Syria.
The Saturday standoff — first reported by Turkish media outlets, citing unnamed local officials in the Turkey-Syria border region — seems to have ended without any shots being fired or any real risk of violence between the two sides. American military personnel reportedly stopped a Russian convoy near the town of Rmelan, and the Russian forces then apparently turned back and returned to their home base.
Still, the near-clash serves as a reminder of the high stakes in Syria, where the U.S. military’s mission involves guarding oil fields and preventing them from falling into the hands of the Islamic State, Russian forces and other actors.
While this particular incident ended peacefully, it serves as yet another reminder that no all is well between the White House and the Kremlin.
Iran Protesters Met with Live Gunfire, Tear Gas as Regime Begins Crackdown
Irans’ accidental downing of a Ukrainian airliner sparked the unrest.
The nation of Iran has found themselves in quite the pickle as of late, with pressure mounting on the nation’s leadership from both foreign and domestic sources.
The Iranian military, in lashing out against the United States for the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani, launched 15 ballistic missiles in the direction of Iraqi bases where sleeping American troops were stationed. Thankfully, none of these projectiles claimed any lives, sparing Iran from the full and unrepentant wrath of the American military.
During the kerfuffle, however, a Ukrainian civilian airliner was shot down “unintentionally” after taking off from the Tehran airport. Military leaders in Iran said that their heightened state of awareness contributed to the accidental downing of the plane and the untimely deaths of all 176 onboard.
The Iranian people themselves are furious over the mishap, and are largely blaming the regime in Tehran for the reckless mistake. As they began to protest, Tehran cracked down hard, firing live rounds into the crowds after tear gas field to disperse them.
Iranian authorities fired live ammunition to disperse protesters in Tehran on Sunday night, wounding several people, according to witness accounts provided to the Guardian and footage circulating on social media.
Hundreds of protesters had defied a heavy security presence in the Iranian capital to hold vigils and demonstrations after the government belatedly admitted its own forces had shot down a Ukraine International Airlines passenger jet last Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.
There were fresh protests on Monday in at least two universities in the country. Though campus protests are not unusual in Iran, they come during a period of extraordinary tumult in the Islamic Republic, with an economy suffocated by US sanctions, the largest protests in the regime’s history crushed by violent force in November, and popular revulsion that the country’s armed forces shot down a jet loaded with Iranian citizens – then denied doing so.
President Trump has tweeted his support for the Iranian people in both English and Farsi, encouraging them to topple their heavy-handed clerical regime.
Pompeo Under Fire After Failing to Identify ‘Imminent’ Threats from Soleimani
Pompeo’s Soleimani story is being torn to shreds in the media, but is there a reason for his reticence?
Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani was an objectively bad hombre – No one in their right mind is going to deny that. His reign of terror was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans, with hundreds more certainly in his crosshairs at the time of his death by US drone strike.
But the question that many are asking is why now? What was the reason for the urgent and seemingly retaliatory strike against a man who many radicals in Iran would see as a martyr?
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has attempted to answer that question on several occasions, but none of his responses seem to satisfy lawmakers.
Secretary of StateMike Pompeo told Laura Ingraham in a sit-down interview Thursday night that while the U.S. did not know where or when Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani was planning to attack, it was a “real” threat to U.S. assets in the Middle East.
The U.S. killed Soleimani in a drone strike last week ordered by President Trump that has further inflamed U.S.-Iran tensions.
“There is no doubt that there were a series of imminent attacks being plotted by Qassem Soleimani,” Pompeo told the Fox News host. “We don’t know precisely when and we don’t know precisely where, but it was real.”
The same vague “imminence” was on display during a Friday press conference featuring Pompeo, in which the head of the State Department again failed to illuminate the press on the specifics of these threats.
It is unclear as to why Pompeo hasn’t been able to answer these questions, with the possibilities ranging from the need for operational security to the outlandish theory that Soleimani’s assassination came on whim.
Polling Shows That Americans Feel ‘Less Safe’ After Soleimani Strike
Iran is cementing their status as America’s current boogeyman.
There has been a great deal of consternation in our nation’s capital this week over the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.
It’s not that there are many politicians or pundits defending Soleimani. The man was a butcher by all measures, and he certainly won’t be missed by anyone in the United States. Predictably, what is of concern is just how the President came to that decision, whether or not the timing was appropriate, and if the ends will justify the means.
For many Americans, the death of Soleimani at the hands of a US drone strike is a bit unnerving.
Though President Donald Trump and his advisers have contended taking out Iran’s top general made the US more safe, a majority of Americans do not feel that way, according to a USA Today/Ipsos poll released on Thursday.
The poll found 55% of Americans believe the US drone strike that killed Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani has made the US less safe — this included nearly a third of Republicans. Only 24% of Americans believe the strike made the country more safe, the poll said, and a majority of Americans (52%) also said Trump’s behavior with Iran was “reckless.”
The poll also found that 52% of Americans believe the attack would make Iran more likely to develop nuclear weapons, 69% said Iran would be more likely to attack US interests in the Middle East, while 63% said there would be terrorist attacks on the American homeland, and 62% said the US and Iran would go to war.
In the immediate aftermath of Soleimani’s death, Iran launched approximately 15 ballistic missiles into Iraq, roughly aimed at two military bases populated by both Iraqi and American troops.
Given Iran’s long history of employing terrorism, several US cities have ramped up their efforts to prevent a possible attack in behalf of the Persian nation.
In Near Perfect Metaphor, Ukraine Jetliner May Have Been Shot Down by Iran
Life is stranger than fiction.
When we look at the headlines in Washington DC today, there are but two with the potential to rock the nation: Impeachment and Iran.
In the impeachment scandal, the Senate will soon make a judgement as to whether or not Donald Trump improperly pressured Ukraine by holding up military aid in return for the announcement of an investigation into the Biden family’s business dealings in the tiny European nation.
Iran, on the other hand, has been an ongoing mess playing out very much in public. President Trump, in retaliation for a siege on the US embassy in Baghdad by Iran-backed militias, ordered the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani, one of Tehran’s top terror leaders. Iran then launched 15 missiles in the general direction of US troops stationed in Iraq, but possibly missing on purpose as to avoid crossing a line in the sand against the most powerful military in the world.
On the same night as that missile attack, another stunning story came to light, as a Ukrainian civilian jetliner crashed in Iran. At first, the tragedy was ruled an accident, possibly due to either pilot error or a mechanical failure.
Recent revelations have experts shedding doubt on that story, however, and suggesting that something far more sinister may have occurred.
Investigators in Iran claimed on Thursday the black boxes of a Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) flight out of Tehran that crashed as Iran shot over a dozen missiles at Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops had their memories damaged.
Iranian officials had previously refused to hand the black boxes over to Boeing, the manufacturer of the airplane.
Ukrainian Airlines flight PS 752 crashed after taking flight en route to Kyiv. The crash killed 176 people on board, mostly Ukrainian, Iranian, and Canadian citizens.
That story doesn’t seem to be sticking.
Ukraine International Airlines later issued a statement calling the doomed plane “one of the best planes we had” and noting it had completed scheduled maintenance on Monday, suggesting something other than technical failure was involved. The airline also praised the crew, implying human failure was also unlikely.
The Internal Affairs Ministry of Ukraine announced Thursday that a national team had taken flight to Iran for investigations on the ground, including DNA sampling to confirm the identities of those on board. The Ukrainian team will also seek signs of any human error or violation of safety standards from the wreckage and compare results with the Iranian report.
The Ukrainian government has stated its suspicion that Iranians using Russian missiles shot down the plane, calling it a “main” theory.
“A strike by a missile, possibly a Tor missile system, is among the main (theories), as information has surfaced on the internet about elements of a missile being found near the site of the crash,” Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s Security Council, told reporters, according to the Associated Press. Iran has boasted of possessing a Russian Tor missile system in government parades and did not address the potential use of missiles in its report on the crash. Danilov added, however, that he made “no claim” of proof that missiles were involved.
Video of the supposed crash that circulated on Twitter showed a plane already in flames as it careened toward the earth – a surefire sign that a simple mechanical failure seems unlikely.
The poetic irony is that this most recent Iran vs. USA conflict has metaphorically shot down a great deal of the talk about UkraineGate and impeachment, with some far left Democrats even suggesting that the Trump administration is purposefully using the Iran scandal to distract us from the domestic debacle.
Iran’s possible downing of this Ukrainian airliner is just far too strange a coincidence to ignore.
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