Barack Obama, military genius is at it again. Just as he did with General Stanley McChrystal a couple of years ago, he is denying the military what they say they need to get the job done.
From the Daily Beast:
As Western diplomats meet this week in Baghdad to try to coax Iran’s leaders to disclose its full nuclear program, Gen. James Mattis will be keeping an eye on the Persian military.
Mattis wanted to send a third aircraft-carrier group to the Persian Gulf earlier this year, The Daily Beast has exclusively learned, in what would have been a massive show of force at a time when Iranian military commanders were publicly threatening to sink American ships in the Strait of Hormuz. The four-star Marine Corps general and CentCom commander believed the display could have deterred Iran from further escalating tensions, according to U.S. military officials familiar with his thinking.
But the president wanted to focus military resources on new priorities like China, and Mattis was told a third carrier group was not available to be deployed to the Gulf.
The carrier-group rebuff in January was one of several for the commander responsible for East Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. Working for the Obama administration, Mattis has often found himself the odd man out—particularly when it comes to Iran.
Military sources close to the general tell The Beast that Mattis was worried that the president’s decision, announced in November, to fully withdraw from Iraq would leave the U.S. military without access to the country’s bases and with few options to project power in the region. The military had been negotiating with the Iraqi government for continued access to bases there for some intelligence, training, and counterterrorism missions until Obama announced his decision to the press in November.
Once again, Barack Obama military genius really screws things up.
The General in charge says he needs a third aircraft carrier. But Obama knows better.
Thanks to the Obama Defense budget cuts, pretty soon a third carrier anywhere is going to be an impossibility. Currently, the USS Enterprise is patrolling the Persian Gulf on what will be her final deployment. Enterprise will return to the United States late this year to be decommissioned. That will leave the United States with only ten aircraft carriers.
In the 1980’s, the Navy considered it essential that the United States have 15 aircraft carriers.
Because they are not all available at the same time. These ships have to go to and from their assignments. They have to spend time in port being repaired and reloaded and finally, the sailors and marines on the carrier and its support ships have these things called families they like to see occasionally.
Thanks to Bill Clinton and his “peace dividend,” the navy was shrunk. George Bush did the Navy no favors when he was President and Barack Obama is gutting the budget, making the navy now smaller than it has been at anytime since World War 1.
We live in the most dangerous times since World War 2. We have good men and women in our armed forced protecting us. And then we have Barack Obama, military genius, who knows more than those in uniform about protecting our nation.
Doesn’t that make you sleep better at night?