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Our Food Stamp Commander In Chief

from Investors Business Daily – The U.S. withdrawal from global leadership continues as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposes cutting the Army to its smallest size since before World War II, leaving no replacement except tyrants and chaos.

The best analysis of the devastating military cuts ordered by President Obama came from former Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday’s “Hannity”: “He would much rather spend the money on food stamps than he would on a strong military or support for our troops.”

Considering the Obama administration has ignored or violated the Constitution in so many ways, we’re not surprised that the imperative to provide for the common defense has been reduced to the level of nonessential discretionary spending. Nor are we surprised Secretary Hagel is the messenger delivering this bad news.

His views differ sharply from those of his predecessor Leon Panetta, who warned that under Obama’s budget cuts and sequestration our military would have “(t)he smallest ground forces since 1940,” “a fleet of fewer than 230 ships, the smallest level since 1915,” and the “smallest tactical fighter force in the history of the Air Force.”

Hagel made news in 2011 when he told the Financial Times, after a “trim” of $487 billion from the Pentagon budget, that he wanted even more cuts. “I don’t think that our military has really looked at themselves strategically, critically, in a long, long time,” Hagel said.

Now we know what they mean. Under the new proposal, the Army would drop over the coming years to between 440,000 and 450,000, the lowest level since 1940 prior to our jolting entry into World War II.

As we recently noted, Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno, the former U.S. top general in Iraq, testified before Congress last September on the anticipated impact of the Budget Control Act and sequestration in 2014.

If the cuts aren’t reversed, Odierno told lawmakers, 85% of brigade combat teams would be unable to respond to “contingency requirements” by the end of this year and “will result in a 45% reduction in active Army brigade combat teams.”

“That means less tanks, less Bradleys, less trucks, less M-16s, less mortars, less artillery systems . . . it impacts all of our workload, because we’re getting smaller.”

“In my view,” he added, “these reductions will put at substantial risk our ability to conduct even one sustained major combat operation.”

from Investors Business Daily – Gen. Bob Scales, a retired U.S. Army major general and former commandant of the U.S. Army War College, recently described on Fox News an army that “has got a mortar that was built in 1931. Its main machine gun was designed in 1919. ”

“The helicopters that you saw in the latest movie ‘Lone Survivor’ were designed and built in 1962. We have weapons in the Army that were used by soldiers’ great-grandfathers, and yet there is no program in the Army today to develop new materiel.”

Our adversaries are rejoicing for what no enemy could do on the battlefield and what President Obama has accomplished from the White House — decimate the U.S. Army. And they’ll gladly fill the vacuum he’s created.


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6 years ago

This is just another step forward in the move towards the United States emulating the failed socialist democracies of southern Europe, that Obama and the Democrats are so infatuated with. Always look at the big picture to understand why certain changes are being made. All those countries gutted their own defense capabilities, starting in the late 1950s and early 1960s, in order to pay for the social welfare states they were busy creating at the time. That is where all our “saved” defense money is going to be used here. It’s all going to be spent on creating our own… Read more »

6 years ago

I had people on them tell me they sold theirs for half price, I guess I should report them, I think they were wanting me to buy them, which I never would take food from children & people that do should get caught, but there’s more folks that do need this, they’ll always be abusive members of society.

Larry C. Pierce Sr.
6 years ago

This article is misleading on another front. As a war winds down Government has to size down the military. If we as Americans are finished with a War then there is no need to continue to procure equipment and personnel. Our military has deserved a well earned rest by letting individuals out of the service. Some service have spent as much as five tours either in Afghanistan or Iraq. I have a son in law whose made five trips to the middle east and was wounded once. He’s happy to be stateside. I have Grandson who just graduated from the… Read more »

Ray Waldo
6 years ago

Evidently, Massachusetts (and other states?) does allow one to purchase such items. In an article on the LibertyClips website ( I read, “In a veto by Governor Patrick on July 12 for a bipartisan bill that would have helped reform food stamp and EBT fraud within the state of Massachusetts, citizens of the commonwealth will continue to be allowed benefits which can be used to purchase porn, tattoos, and other non food items.”

Bethanie Johnsonb
6 years ago

the picture doesnt seem to have to do with the article which begins by talking about military spending cuts.. Also, as an under-employed person (several years ago, not now…and only once), i had to use foodstamps for about 6 months. I feel it important to mention that you can’t buy alcohol or cigarettes with your foodstamps. the only “drugged” beverages you can buy are soda and coffee. You also can’t buy toiletries…but you can buy candy and junk food. The rules are pretty specific and the card i used for a time simply wouldnt pay for purchases outside of the… Read more »

6 years ago

Just wondering where this liquor store is and when the picture was captured. Without these specifics, I question the picture’s legitimacy. As a former food stamp recipient, I can attest you cannot buy cigarettes, or alcohol. If it is legitimate, then it is a real shame; however, many people create and replicate falsehoods to further their own agenda.

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