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Sunday, September 20, 2015

GOP 2016: Fiorina And Idiotic Military Build-up Remarks

Have a listen to the number two candidate for the GOP 2016 nomination. Yes, polls are reflecting some in the nation are buying into Carly Fiorina's oratory and disjointed political scripts.

The candidate spoke about the need for the US to pull a Ronald Reagan military spending splurge that could only have a basis in one arena: appeal to defense contractors and the nations hawkish conservatives. (End your viewing after 45 seconds)

The Daily Beast
“We need the strongest military on the face of the planet, and everyone has to know it,” Fiorina said Wednesday night, offering specifics about what that would mean under her presidency.

She said she wants 50 Army brigades, 36 Marine battalions, between 300 and 350 naval ships, and an upgrade of “every leg of the nuclear triad.” These numbers seem to be pulled straight from a report released by the conservative Heritage Foundation this year. The conservative think tank says a U.S. military of this size is necessary so that it has the ability to fight and win two major wars at the same time.
In 2013, the Defense Department cut 10 Army Brigades.  It is important to note the cuts were part of a multi-year plan and the cuts had a degree of association with 'sequestration."

Breaking Defense Dot Com (June 2013)

Indeed, the silver lining of today’s announcement is just how much of the Army’s combat forces it was able to retain. True, 13 of the Army’s 45 brigade headquarters are going away, but the 32 brigades that remain are going to be significantly bigger: They’ll grow from two “maneuver battalions” apiece (of tanks, infantry, and other frontline troops) to three, add combat engineers and a couple of artillery pieces, and generally shift from being optimized for the last decade’s static counterinsurgency operations to more mobile forms of warfare. 
So as of today’s announcements — and keep in mind one more brigade is going to go away — the Army is cutting its number of brigade headquarters by 26 percent, from 45 to 33. But total personnel is only falling 14 percent, from a wartime peak of 570,000 to a 2017 target of 490,000. And the number of combat battalions, the guys at the sharpest end of the spear, is falling by only 3 percent, from 98 to 95. In short, the service is proportionately getting rid of more support troops than combat troops, more staff officers than tank gunners or infantry grunts, more chiefs than Indians.
This is exactly what many experts and some senior officials at the Pentagon have argued for much of the last 18 months should happen: cut headquarters staff and get rid of flags (command positions that have sprung up over the last 12 years).
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While it would be easy to simply ask what the hell would a President Fiorina do with an expanded and bulging military, we find it far more relevant to show the fallacy of the comments (which may have contributed to her rise in GOP polling).

We start with a review of US military deployments in 2012.

Vet Friends Dot Com

US Deployment Facts-How Many US Troops are Overseas?

The historical Byzantine, Ottoman, Roman & British Empires relied heavily on foreign military bases during their peaks of power. After World War II the United States created the most extensive network of military bases ever, allowing for the deployment of Air & Naval Forces in moments.
No military in the history of the world has been more widely deployed as the United States. 
Currently, the United States has military personnel deployed in about 150 Countries... This covers 75% of The World's Nations. 
* This is truly a FUN & ADDICTING INTERACTIVE MAP. Feel free to play with the settings in the bottom left hand corner of the map. You can zoom and filter down to specific regions/Countries, change the colors, add number labels and MUCH MORE
Click here to view Historical Military Troop Data full screen (A-US Troops Vs the World)
Click here to view Historical Military Troop Data full screen (B-Interactive World Map)
* Since Deployment levels can vary greatly each month we used the Official D.O.D. September 31st Report for EACH YEAR'S DATA  
* The map is a current world map so former Countries like The USSR & Yugoslavia are associated with what would be the best equivalent modern day Country (Russia & Macedonia)
*Additional Notes-US Numbers include Overseas Territories except for Puerto Rico. UK Deployment Numbers include Overseas Territories like Diego Garcia. During the Iraq War the D.O.D. grouped troops in Iraq & Kuwait together and did not separate the #'s by Country. 2009-2011 Korea Numbers are Estimates as the D.O.D. listed them as "Not Available"

Total Active Duty Troop Levels as of December 30th, 2012 - 1,388,028

Air Force - 328,812 
Army - 546,057 
Marines - 198,820 
Navy - 314,339
The Top 14 Countries Where the United States has Active Troops

US Deployment Facts | Top 14 Countries Where US Troops are Deployed
Click here to see larger version of Top 14 Places to Find Troops

More Statistics

The United States employees around 81,425 local foreigners across the World.

Military Land & Assets - The Department of Defense notes that the DOD owns "More than 600,000 individual buildings & structures at more than 6,000 locations on more than 30 million acres of land" You can check out Satellite images of some of those Buildings & Locations at our US Military Bases Interactive Map

• From 1950-2000 The United States has had over 118,800,000 active duty personnel serve for at least 1 year in the military
• During that same time frame over 22% (27,300,000 men & women) served or were deployed overseas.
• Since 1950 56 Countries have hosted at least 1,000 American troops at one point.
• The largest amount of active duty personnel stationed overseas was during the Vietnam War in 1968 when over 1,082,777 troops were deployed on foreign soil.
• The lowest amount of active duty personnel deployed occurred in 1999 when 206,003 troops were stationed on foreign soil.

Military Age17-62 Years Old
Available For Military Service73,270,043 males age 18-49
71,941,969 females age 18-49
Fit For Military Service60,620,143 males age 18-49
59,401,941 females age 18-49
Reaching Military Age Annually2,161,727 males
2,055,685 females

*Numbers are estimated using 2010 Census Data.

If you know US History, you know a few things about military/defense spending:
  • You know Dwight Eisenhower warn accordingly.  
  • You know that since the mid-1950s the Republican Party has been the Party of defense spending. 
  • You also know the US spends more on defense/military spending than all industrialized nations combined.  
  • You also know Defense contractors spending copiously for "Yes" votes in the US Congress.  A recent example was the US Senate vote to authorize a strike against Syrian. Take a look.
What actually would a President Fiorina (Carly) do with her significantly expanded military? I simply haven't come-up with an answer to the basic question of, why.  Maybe her's is a closet strategy for reducing unemployment? More aptly, her remarks are false mantra without regard for cost (big Government?), practicality, no honesty.

If you want an accurate picture of the US Military Industrial complex many years after Dwight Eisenhower's point-on remarks, Bill Moyers & Company a video segment

Bill Moyers & Company

 Watch “The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight”

Fiorina is yet another Republican who has ramped-up the rhetoric to spread feel good: across media and audiences. Would someone please ask the failed CEO what she would do with her military build-up?

It is more colloquialism called: "Fake it to Make it."

Media Matters offers more on the GOP's number two candidate: everybody us wrong but me.

A Los Angeles Times columnist explains why "the news media haven't done enough to call out Fiorina's claims" about...
Posted by Media Matters for America on Monday, September 21, 2015

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