According to the Wall Street Journal, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said Obama’s planned downsizing of the Army could pose security threats to America as the Islamic State is rapidly growing in size and Moscow is making advances across Eastern Europe.
“The world is changing in front of us. We have seen Russian aggression in Europe, we have seen ISIS, we have seen increased stability in other places,” Gen. Odierno said. “So I now have concern whether even going below 490,000 is the right thing to do or not, because of what I see potentially on the horizon.”
Unfortunately, his efforts will probably be in vain, as the Obama administration has already started forcing out mid-level officers and deactivating entire brigades. He’s set to step down in 2015, but he said that under Obama’s revised strategy for the military, which includes sending forces to hot spots to prevent conflict, future leaders may be forced to deploy units that aren’t fully prepared.
Speaking to the National Defense University, Kelly stated that if people start fleeing Central and South American nations after an outbreak, it could cause “mass migration into the United States” of people seeking treatment, and our Southern border isn’t prepared for it.
“If it breaks out,” he said. “It’s literally, ‘Katie bar the door.’”
It’s no secret that our military commanders aren’t fans of the President, but to have them speak out in such a way shows their current level of frustration with the sheer incompetence in the White House. Unfortunately, instead of taking notice, Obama will likely force them out and replace them with those who’ll follow his orders, as we’ve seen in the past.
Do you think our military leaders are right?