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Wall Street Journal presents a leaked outline of the war request by Gen McChrystal…….

The Wall Street Journal has printed a pretty detailed piece today describing the basic points of General McChrystal request and recommendations to the Commander in Chief…….

Among the most interesting information is the fact that there is a request for three different levels of troops…….

A) 40,000

B) 60,000

C) None

McChrystal is reported to want to go with choice A, 40,000 troops……but there is a BIG BUT here….according to a review of the General’s plans ……the Army, and Marines would have significant problems in getting that many troops in-country, as soon as the General has reported they are needed for a ‘surge’……..In, addition, McChrytal’s aim would be to deny  al Qaeda, and the Taliban access to Afghanistan…..the White House may be content with just keeping al Qaeda out of the country, and finding a middle ground with the Taliban……

While McCrystal is a warrior, concerned with his troops, and objective…the CIC has to deal with the political component of the campaign…And since he has publicly said he won’t leave, and he won’t cut the number of troops …he really doesn’t have many options left………McCrystal is emphatic that the current troop level will not hold ground…Units are being overrun in the boonies, and are being cut back …….

Also…while Obama is holding his sessions …Hillary  Clinton, the Secretary of State, is holding hers…Seeking to identify the role for the State Department and civilians…Unlike during the Condi Rice period, in which State Department actions in Iraq consisted of sending staff home, leaving Sec of Defense Gates to fill those spots in with badly needed military assets……..

In the end the Army and the Marines would be able to move between 11,000 to 15,000 troops in country by the end of the year and another 20,000 by next July….…Finally, the movement of troops into the country is accompanied by a serious deficiency in helicopters, and contrary to this piece, a problem with Iraq ‘dialed in’ vehicles that are useless in Afghanistan’s terrible roads…….

October 9, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

President Obama speaks to veterans on the Military……….

I just got finished watching the Commander in Chief doing a major speech on our military to veterans….The speech was very good…..He touched on his theme of change and the military …touching on the costs, the equipment , the two wars and his pledge to take his job seriously.  He also tied healthcare into the speech, along with not forgetting the nations veterans. He made a point to announce the increases in the services to cover the increased missions. As I said the speech was good….But I will take exception to one thing in his speech…..Marine One…….Obama went on to do a story about the chopper having the ability to serve up a meal for the Chief executive. I got that. But…. I don’t agree with Obama and Gates in canceling the new Marine One contract…actually, I feel he’s doing this country a great disservice. The United States government has 9 completed helicopters, after paying $3 Billion for them…..Congress has appropriated another $400 million to help pay for no more than 6 more to give the Marine ‘s a total of 15 brand new choppers……the total cost to finish getting the current new chopper fleet would be about $4.5 Billon, and the new chopper’s would be inservice in a year and a half……. If the program is indeed cancelled……the CIC would continue to fly in 30 year old choppers, that would not be replaced until at least 10 years from now, ( and another contract would be bid in a  few months! ) at a cost of  more than $20 billion dollars!…….Now that does that make any sense?…….take out the extra stuff like stoves or microwaves, and save the country money and take the new choppers you already have ………and thank you Mr President for not forgetting the ones who have served for us all………….

August 17, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment