I probably should be working on a long winded post one of several contemporary topics. But the news is so depressing, it’s just too hard.
Afghanistan: Much as the British and French cut out Czechoslovakia from from the 1938 preemptive surrender of the Sudetenland, Obama is cutting out Pakistan and Afghanistan from his “negotiations” with the Taliban. It’s gonna end just about as well. But he’s determined to surrender there in a manner similar to Iraq.
The looming budget cuts for DoD: They’re coming. The question is, just how bad will they be? On a side note, in a perfect strategic world, the National Command Authority would determine strategy by studying our national goals, strategic interests, and the spectrum of likely threats, then craft, field and fund a force based on that analysis. Sadly, in this case, the plan is to fund a force, and then field the best possible force with those funds. The mission set won’t decline, just the resources. And the resultant weakness will invite aggression.
So, the Chief of the National Guard will now have a seat at the JCS table. Never mind that SecDef, and all the service chiefs were against it. At a time when everyone recognizes the bloat at the upper echelons of the defense establishment, why are we adding another layer to the cake of fat? Fans of the Guard will argue that they need a seat to ensure they are well resourced. But that ignores the fact that the Army and Air Force chiefs, increasingly reliant on the Guard to supplement their relatively small active duty components, already have championed making sure Guard units are well equipped and resourced.
Any other topics of discussion you wanna hit on today?