September 14, 2004

September 14: Today's Reason to Not Elect George W. Bush

Phillip Carter of Intel Dump is today's shrill critic of George W. Bush:

INTEL DUMP - : My father served in the Army Reserve during the early 1960s as a way to pay for college; it was then, and is now, an honorable way to serve. But you can't compare service then in the Guard with service now, because of the policy changes adopted by the military which made the National Guard an integral part of America's warfighting force.

Moreover, there are much bigger issues at stake than decades-old questions about the president's war record. Our nation has sent its reservists into harm's way in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we have not done a good job of preparing them for the hazards there. It took us more than a year to field up-to-date Interceptor body armor to the force. Many of our Guardsmen still shoot, move and communicate with gear that's older than they are. They make do with inadequate pre-deployment training, because the Pentagon continues to delude itself that 39 training days a year is enough to sustain individual and collective proficiency at warfighting. (It's not!) And yet, when our Guardsmen go downrange, they fight the same fight as their active-duty brethren -- just with less resources, older equipment, and older soldiers (on the average).

If we are going to send our Guard and reserve units into combat, we owe it to them to set them up for success. That means investing in their short-term readiness, and investing in long-term structural reforms (such as recapitalization of the Guard's vehicle fleet) to ensure they're fit to fight. Sending American soldiers into harm's way with anything less than the best is derelict. And unfortunately, that's exactly what we have done.

Posted by DeLong at September 14, 2004 02:55 PM | TrackBack
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What makes me mad about this, is how the Attack Machine runs adverts saying "John Kerry doesn't support our troops" and everyone goobles it up and never asks any questions.

Posted by: Andrew McManama-Smith at September 14, 2004 03:42 PM

What makes me mad about this, is how the Attack Machine runs adverts saying "John Kerry doesn't support our troops" and everyone goobles it up and never asks any questions.

Posted by: Andrew McManama-Smith at September 14, 2004 03:43 PM

39 days per year is not too little. The UK's Territorial Army works on a 27 day minimum commitment.

Posted by: dsquared at September 14, 2004 03:44 PM

Sorry for posting twice *_*

Posted by: Andrew McManama-Smith at September 14, 2004 03:48 PM

"39 days per year is not too little. The UK's Territorial Army works on a 27 day minimum commitment."

But Dsquared, is the UK's Territorial army used like we use our reserves? Did the Territorial Army get deployed to Iraq? Our army is presently organized so that we can't fight a war like Iraq without using reserve units . . .

Posted by: rea at September 14, 2004 03:55 PM

Don't know, but yes. TA troops are attached to regiments and serve alongside full-timers in the same units; I don't know if that's different. But they definitely did go to Iraq. A significant part of the TA is made up of former soldiers who have gone into jobs on civvy street.

Posted by: dsquared at September 14, 2004 04:05 PM

Bet you run out of days before you run out of reasons

Posted by: Lee A. at September 14, 2004 04:44 PM

there aren't that many days left. and our brad is very shrill.

Posted by: m at September 14, 2004 04:56 PM

"39 days per year is not too little."

Depends on how it's lumped. If it's spread out it'll help more than one long session per year.

What I wanna know is, if we're stretched so thin and our troops so underequipped, what the heck is the Pentagon spending $400 billion/year on (plus $100 billion/year on Iraq)? According to Salon.com, at least 30% of it is pure pork, but news I hear lately makes it sound more like 80-90%.

Posted by: Dragonchild at September 14, 2004 05:10 PM

Uh ... therefore we should vote for Kerry? I don't get it.

Posted by: amac at September 14, 2004 05:10 PM

Dragonchild,

Personnel costs take up a large chunk of the Pentagon budget. Mush of the rest goes to very comprehensive, realistic (and therefore expensive)training and education. Pork? Of course, way too much of it. Which is par for the course for any Government agency.

Posted by: Steven Rogers at September 14, 2004 06:04 PM

"Pork? Of course, way too much of it. Which is par for the course for any Government agency."

This is not a Good Thing.

Posted by: Dragonchild at September 14, 2004 06:41 PM

DC:

In the interest of brevity:

http://www.cbo.gov/showdoc.cfm?index=58&sequence=0

http://www.house.gov/budget/defenseappropsa.pdf

For the link-impaired:

Operation and Maintenance Spending US$122B(2002)

Mission- and Infrastructure-Related Spending as a Share of Total Spending for Operation and Maintenance (In percent)

Mission-Related Spending
Operating forces 36%
Mobilization 5%

Infrastructure-Related Spending
Training and Recruiting 5%

Ergo, Military Mission Operations, Training and Mobilization Spending is US$56B

Personnel Expenses (Including Veterans Pensions for Double-Dipping Colonels) US$81B

Total outlay for US mil personnel US$137B/annum

Note, military mission operations, training and mobilization (pre- GWII) occupy a ~1/10th share of total Defense spending, annually, every year.

Now the damage from Hurricane Ivan is currently (9/14) projected by professional underwriters to be between say, US$20B-$24B. Obviously American insurers will go bankrupt, and the US taxpayer will have to fork up the difference. Again.

Since $24B in hurricane losses amounts to 50% of spending on mil OTM, (pre-GWII) the likelihood DoD will be able to fund increased training and better weaponry for Reserve units is zero to the square root of negative one.

Like Iraq, another imaginary number.

But before you run to the Kerry Camp, remember JFK's a Zionist sympathizer and rabid hawk also. Read: "Running on Empty, How the Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future" by Peter Peterson

Worrying about increased Reserve benefits in the face of a projected >US$1 TRILLION Fed budget deficit is like playing pachinko on the Titanic.

(wait a little while, it'll come to you)

Despite Colin Powell, Iraq is not Pottery Barn, it's ARCO AM/PM, and we're the new franchisees. Why not, it's all coming out of our taxes!

Posted by: Tante Aime at September 14, 2004 08:30 PM

Interesting that our Pentagon spends *each and every year* twice as much on mil operations, mob and training as the total damages caused by any hurricane in US history, regardless war or peace.

Ergo, if our mil Reserves are poorly trained and still fighting with Nam-era equipment, then some crafty DoD contractors are very, very rich, and USArmy colonels have very large double pensions.

Posted by: Lash Marks at September 14, 2004 08:39 PM

From Krugman
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/14/opinion/14krugman.html
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Kerry can ask why anyone should trust a leader who refuses to replace the people who created that disaster, because he thinks it's bad politics to admit a mistake.
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Reporter: What would you, John Kerry do differently from George W. Bush in Iraq?

Kerry: I would fire Rumsfeld, Rice and Wolfowitz because after misleading the American people into a war which does not help fight terrorism, they have prosecuted that war in the most ineffective way imaginable.

If George Bush was a real leader, and not a pretend leader, he would fire those responsible for wasting American lives and money on a war that does not keep us safe from terrorism.

Posted by: Jesse Urbano at September 14, 2004 08:48 PM

The Bush administration sent our troops into battle without the proper equipment, forced an extended back draft, cut their pay and benefits, cut veteran's benefits, put the troops into a situation they weren't trained for such as "peacekeeping," refuses to attend any of the funerals or allow public mourning, and lies to everyone about why we're there and what the situation is on the ground. As a result of this unprovoked war of choice in Iraq, worldwide terrorism is up, al Qaeda recruiting is up, Afghanistan has been all but forgotten while the Taliban regroup and rearm, North Korea has been ignored and allowed to make nuclear weapons, Iran is on the same path, Pakistan may be making secret deals with Saudi Arabia along nuclear lines and they're certaining helping the Taliban resurgence, we've alienated our allies when we need them the most, and thousands of people have died. For what?

Posted by: Leslie at September 14, 2004 08:50 PM

The Bush administration sent our troops into battle without the proper equipment, forced an extended back draft, cut their pay and benefits, cut veteran's benefits, put the troops into a situation they weren't trained for such as "peacekeeping," refuses to attend any of the funerals or allow public mourning, and lies to everyone about why we're there and what the situation is on the ground. As a result of this unprovoked war of choice in Iraq, worldwide terrorism is up, al Qaeda recruiting is up, Afghanistan has been all but forgotten while the Taliban regroup and rearm, North Korea has been ignored and allowed to make nuclear weapons, Iran is on the same path, Pakistan may be making secret deals with Saudi Arabia along nuclear lines and they're certainly helping the Taliban resurgence, we've alienated our allies when we need them the most, and thousands of people have died. For what?

Posted by: Leslie at September 14, 2004 08:50 PM

A certain US Army colonel announced in 2000, this just after awarding a fat IDIQ aerospace contract to Boeing, that he was retiring, but would be remaining with the program he'd just contracted, as Boeing's new program manager.

I s&*t you not! But wait ... it gets better.

Boeing then proceeded to FUBAR over $100M in contracts consolidation mis-programming under this former colonel's lead, to the point where the program was restructured, and the entire agency under which the program was funded was reorganized under a new name.

That's how they break the tell-all back-story. Program name changes. Program manager changes. Everyone sticks together, no resignations. Lie.

Try and trace the development, starting in 1984, of the National Aerospace Plane (NASP) through the National Hypersonic Whatever to the now X-SomeNumber of today, twenty years later, yet only one marginally successful test flight of less than 45 seconds, and so $15B up in smoke.

In China they execute people for this kinda s&*t.

Posted by: Cros Strees at September 14, 2004 09:03 PM

Bring back the draft, clear and simple. A real draft, sending everyone, rich and poor into service.

Posted by: evagrius at September 14, 2004 10:10 PM

39 days is indeed too little, and the UK TA allotment of 27 days is grossly inadequate. The only units who made significant contributions to the Iraq war were the RAMC (medical), Royal Signals and 4 Para. Even with these units, the regulars will grudgingly accept that private soldiers and junior NCOs do a good job, but they quite rightly will not accept Officers, Warrant Officers or that many SNCOs in command positions in their units- not because of snobbery but because of the huge deficit in experience most reservists have. The Royal Marine Reserves are organised differently as regards training and equipment (ie more money, more training time) and so made a good contribution. 21 SAS could and should have been used- not as SAS troopers, but as supplements to the regular Parachute Regiment battalions, who requested them- but weren't because of 'cap-badge' rivalries. Most of the TA non-Para infantry units are just not up to the job, frankly: you can take everything that is said above about the US National Guard and double it.

Posted by: Dan Hardie at September 15, 2004 01:39 AM

Is any of this stuff that Clinton shouldn't have done? If it was so obvious that we needed to upgrade the training and equipment for the guard, then why didn't Billy C do it?

Posted by: a-ro at September 15, 2004 05:05 AM

The problem is that we have shifted the Reserve and National Guard to roles other than being, well, the reserve force. We tried to save money by having Combat Support and Combat Service Support functions become reserve functions in a manner that insured the deployment of our reserve forces.

This began shortly before GWI, and many a paper was written that if this path was continued down that such units should have annual Training of Three weeks as well as more drill dates. This was tried with a _limited_ number of Guard and Reserve units from the mid '80's to the mid '90's. I was a member of such a unit.

It can't all be blamed on President Clinton as the path began during Haitch's term. But Clinton was damn sure warned about this when Guard units were added to the rotations to Bosnia!

The odds of either Dubya or Flip-Flop correcting this approach zero.

QM

Posted by: Jody Dorsett at September 15, 2004 07:36 AM

D'oh! Of course! Blame the Clenis! Ignore the fact that Shrub has been (p)resident for almost 4 years. Ignore the fact that this is a voluntary war. Ignore the facts, blame Clinton. It's always worked before.

Posted by: weinerdog43 at September 15, 2004 08:06 AM

SIC SEMPER TYRANNUS!

Thus righteously spake John Wilkes Booth after he’d shot a lead miniball from his derringer into the brain of the first Republican President who was the greatest American president since George Washington. He plunged our war weary nation into grief and drove Mary Todd Lincoln to the deepest reaches of grief, despair and ultimately, insanity.

Booth was particularly outraged when he found out that Lincoln actually intended to make full American citizens out of former slaves.

We spent this pass weekend in Washington where, among other things, we’d read the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural Address on the walls of the Lincoln Memorial and then visited Ford’s Theater, the Lincoln Museum in its basement and the bedroom across the street where he was pronounced dead the next morning.

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Mary Todd Lincoln never recovered from that shock and grievous loss and had to be institutionalized for the rest of her life.

After the assassination people were actually killed in the street outside the theater in partisan street fights.

SUCH IS AMERICAN POLITICS.

My daughter came home from school yesterday upset that one of her friends had wished that “Someone should just kill George Bush.” This is flabbergasting. Why would a ten year old girl want our president to be killed? What does that say about her parents? What does it say about the many Massachusetts Democrats who agree with her?

I can’t talk to my own 37 year old son and my wife can’t talk to her own mother because they are so blinded by partisan hatred of George W. Bush.

They’re both extremely intelligent but they can’t see how stupidly they are thinking, such as this gem:

“Bush promised to ‘change the tone in Washington’ but we Democrats really hate him,” Implying that it’s the president’s fault that they hate him.

If President George W. Bush wins this election and succeeds in realizing his vision of a democratic Middle East he will justifiably go down in history as one of our very...

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Posted by: Arrogant Adrian at September 15, 2004 08:34 AM

There are a thousand reasons not to vote for Bush. Inexplicably, most people in this country have decided they're going to vote for him anyway. We get the leaders we deserve.

Posted by: Capt. Willard at September 15, 2004 08:47 AM

"If President George W. Bush wins this election and succeeds in realizing his vision of a democratic Middle East ..."

From a false premise, anything follows.

Posted by: JoXn Costello at September 15, 2004 10:06 AM

>I can’t talk to my own 37 year old son and my wife can’t talk to her own mother because they are so blinded by partisan hatred of George W. Bush.

>They’re both extremely intelligent but they can’t see how stupidly they are thinking, such as this gem:

>“Bush promised to ‘change the tone in Washington’ but we Democrats really hate him,” Implying that it’s the president’s fault that they hate him.

This is a rare example of Bush keeping a promise. He said he'd change the tone, and this is what he changed it to.

Posted by: J Thomas at September 15, 2004 12:19 PM

weinerdog43...please try reading. This has been an ongoing problem since the Wall came down and we struggled to shift how we organize our forces. A review of the support failures occurred in the first year of President Clinton. He didn't do anything about it, Dubya hasn't done anything about it, and whomever wins will not do anything about it.

They're all at fault.

I know...Liberal Democrats don't make mistakes only Eviilllllllll Republicans? Get a grip, weinerdog43. That's the main problem we have in our nation is that no one addresses the hard questions because it's easier to determine the winner by such "important" things such as the latest Kitty Kelly or Anne Coulter screed.

Sheesh.

QM

Posted by: Jody Dorsett at September 15, 2004 03:37 PM

weinerdog43...please try reading. This has been an ongoing problem since the Wall came down and we struggled to shift how we organize our forces. A review of the support failures occurred in the first year of President Clinton. He didn't do anything about it, Dubya hasn't done anything about it, and whomever wins will not do anything about it.

They're all at fault.

I know...Liberal Democrats don't make mistakes only Eviilllllllll Republicans? Get a grip, weinerdog43. That's the main problem we have in our nation is that no one addresses the hard questions because it's easier to determine the winner by such "important" things such as the latest Kitty Kelly or Anne Coulter screed.

Sheesh.

QM

Posted by: Jody Dorsett at September 15, 2004 03:37 PM

"39 days is indeed too little, and the UK TA allotment of 27 days is grossly inadequate."

Depends on the enemies you have. Japan, for example, only needs to maintain a security force adequate to make North Korea think twice about an amphibious invasion -- not hard to do. America maintains a full-size battle-ready military 365/year, which is historically only typical of warmongering empires. It's a colossal waste of money for any country NOT imminently expecting war.

So, UK's 27 days/year is more than adequate for a small country isolated by water and not perceived as a threat by its neighbors. America, on the other hand, has military upkeep needs reflective of its rich resources and brutal foreign policy.

Posted by: Dragonchild at September 15, 2004 05:46 PM

The difference, Jody, is that Clinton isn't running for election this year; Bush is.

Posted by: PaulB at September 16, 2004 06:00 AM

Just checked in. Jody, nice job double posting. Yes, the National Guard was involved in Bosnia, but I don't recall any fatalities though, do you? The point to Brad's post, if I may be so bold, was to suggest that Shrub's unprecedented use of NG forces is severely straining the military. One last point: perhaps if this administration was less focused on missile defense and profits for Halliburton, they could see fit to throw a funding bone to the troops who actually have to fight Shrub's war.

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