[R]etired U.S. Army Major General Paul E. Vallely is but one of the men and women who served and are serving in the U.S. military who have a priority message for President Barack Obama and his wannabe successors in both parties, including Hillary Clinton: Military lives matter!
These former and current commanding officers believe under the current administration, members of the U.S. military are treated as expendable and are being given substandard equipment that is costing the lives of America’s bravest. Many other Generals have stood up and renounced this situation as Obama’s policies continue to degrade what is left of our once great and powerful nation.
During last week’s House Armed Services Committee hearing, U.S. military officials pounded the drum over the increase in military aircraft incidents involving fatalities and serious injuries that they believe is linked to the reduction of training hours and maintenance backlogs that have grounded many aircraft as a result of President Barack Obama’s other priorities such as climate change and Islamic refugees.
During a formal exchange between lawmakers and Marine Corps Commandant General Robert Neller and Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley, it was revealed that the Pentagon had been forced to cut essential training hours, including training for pilots, as a result of the billions in defense cuts since 2010.
The facts came to light after the significant increase in “Class A Mishaps” which are incidents that involve loss of life or at least $2 million worth of damage to aircraft. Military personnel vocal and written complaints are becoming more pronounced especially regarding cuts to personnel, training, equipment and other military resources.
“It’s disheartening to hear our top generals groveling in front of politicians as U.S. national security is taking a backseat to Obama’s agenda that includes his pet issues such as climate change,” said former police counterterrorist operative Jack Wilkins. “The world appears to be under siege by Islamic terrorist groups and rogue nations, but Obama and his cohorts worries about the weather,” Wilkins noted.
“The Marine Corps and Army on Wednesday pointed to tight budgets and a lack of training to explain increases in catastrophic and fatal aircraft incidents during the past few years.”
Among the incidents discussed, Gen. Robert Neller and Gen. Mark Milley described the incident in which two Marine Corps helicopters crashed in Hawaii in January 2016 that left 12 people dead. Both military commanders blamed funding shortfalls for providing fewer training hours than needed, which defense experts have claimed they suspected for a long time.
“As far as our ability to meet the National Military Strategy, our ability to meet the day-to-major day commitments and requirements of the Combatant Commanders, we’re doing that with trained and ready forces. Our ability to meet other regional requirements for major contingency plans, we would be able to do that, but we would probably not be able to do it within the timeframe that the current plans call for us to arrive to participate in that conflict,” according to Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas.
Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, a vocal critic of the Obama administration, has accused the news media of ignoring Obama’s strategy to reduce U.S. global standing. “Obama is intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged,” he alleged.