Originally Answered: Do you think the number of America's "enemies" will suddenly drop once Obama becomes President?
I received this in the mail:
12/16/2008 “There is no suggestion of a military confrontation, but the Russian moves are notable in part because they appear to reflect an effort by Moscow to flex some muscle in America's backyard in response to Washington's support for the former Soviet republic of Georgia and elsewhere on the Russian periphery. That includes U.S. missile defense bases to be erected in Poland and the Czech Republic.”
What’s the military in for with Obama?
11/6/08 He's said he's going to cut "unnecessary" military spending. He's said he's going to cut research and development funding.
I don't know what that means yet, but I'm watching closely. I fear he may not know enough about the military to have any concept of what is "necessary" and "unnecessary." If that's the case, there will be more base closures. Training will be reduced. The troop level may be reduced.
What that means is, if I'm correct, the military will become smaller. Quality (trained, seasoned, senior personnel) will leave. Fewer under-trained personnel will fill the ranks. And they'll have to work with obsolete equipment and weapons.
In the mean time, enemies and potential enemies will be arming with the latest and best from Russia and China. No doubt Russia and China... and even little North Korea will increase their arsenal and military.
Do they have what it takes to launch an attack on the US? Most prospective enemies don't have missiles that can reach the US. But Russia and China do... I don't know about Korea. However, it doesn't take missiles to launch an attack. It doesn't take an armada of ships and planes to deliver and supply a large military ground force. It takes a few fanatics (or maniacs) to enter the US with suitcases. They only have to travel to centers or population like SF, LA, NYC, Chicago, Seattle, and maybe a dozen others, or maybe somewhere strategic like Kansas during a tornado., and detonate... or maybe just open the suitcase. The nuclear blast wold kill a third to a half of the population. Prevailing winds would carry any biological or chemical agent across the US and kill most of us.
It can't be done? Do you think "poor, starving Mexicans who's sole purpose is to feed their innocent children" are the only ones that are allowed into the country illegally?
Sorry. Forgot the Middle East. I've heard rumor of a quick pull-out starting immediately. I've also heard rumors of a "gradual" withdrawal over a period of, I think, three years.
My concern is that any published "end date" for our presence will do nothing but strengthen the enemy's resolve. Then he'll know how long he has to hold out. He knows he can't win in battle. He loses about 20 to 1 on an average, and sometimes it gets as high as 50 to 1. But all he needs is to have a few of the leaders alive the day after we leave. They'll come out of hiding and say, "We have won a military victory over the United States. They called themselves the most powerful nation in the world. We drove the infidels from our soil. You doubt? We are here. They are gone. What more proof do you need?" The world will buy that bull stuff. The country will blame the military.
Back in Iraq, the leader, or the leaders who will have carved up Iraq into feudal domains, will begin a reign of terror. They'll say, "Remember what we were able to do to you when the US was here to protect you? Well, they're not here to protect you anymore..." Any member of the elected government, anybody who supported that government, or who worked to create it, will be executed. The military who don't swear allegiance to their leader(s) will be killed. Those who roll over, who we trained, will help train their troops in the manner we taught them. Any equipment we gave or sold them will become the property of the new regime.
In a few years, the oil flow will benefit Russia and China who will supply them with their latest and best equipment and train them on how to use it.
Russia and China... here's how you'll know if I'm on track at all. They'll flex their muscles. They'll know our military will have its teeth pulled. Georgia was nothing. They know anything we say or threaten, will be nothing but bluster. They'll know our weapons are obsolete.
I'd invite your attention to the last paragraph in the response. It looks like this guy was right. Potential enemies know we're spread thinly. They know the next President is going to cut back further.
I think we're going to discover that our enemies aren't interested in peace, just capitulation. And they'll look at a President who will talk peace and not be prepared with a very large stick to be weak. Hope I'm wrong. But that poster sure doesn't think so.