Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds


An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress said Thursday that President Obama’s strategy for sizing the armed services is too weak for today’s global threats.

The National Defense Panel called on the president to dump a major section of his 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and write a broader strategy that requires the military to fight on multiple fronts at once.

It also said the shrinking U.S. armed forces, which are being downsized to fit that strategy and budget cuts, is a “serious strategic misstep on the part of the United States.” The forces’ numbers spelled out in Mr. Obama’s QDR are “inadequate given the future strategic and operational environment.”

The warning comes as Mr. Obama is under criticism from many Republicans and some Democrats for his standoff policy toward Syria and his limited response to a June offensive by an al Qaeda offshoot that has gobbled up swaths of territory in Iraq.

6 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • onwego4k says:

    and all you women that v oted for him get the rose colored glasses off what in hell did you see in him did you see his ATT GEN holder arrested a cop for treated a woman as an equal sounds like sharia law god help us all. and to the blacks he is not one of you he is a muslim Kenyan what has he done for you to lift you up and help your neighborhoods look at Detroit and Chicago wake the hell up the democrats use you for your votes that is all look what he is giving to illegals they broke our laws and are treated better than anyone . sickening isn’t it

  • onwego4k says:

    we all know this what took pentagon and defense to find out so late they should have spoken sooner but don’t forget we have czars and muslims Iranians all running executive branch plus a senate full of Marxists those democrats they knew and so did all the rinos . if we dumb citizens knew he was out to destroy us and Israel what in hell did they expect from democrats he said what he was going to do and on may places he said he was muslim speaks it better than English but you all voted for him and went gaga over him but the sad thing is our country is so far down between the Marxists and socialists and the islamists who knows god help us he is all we have left with a corrupt govt and really corrupt where do the people turn the house has tried very hard passed 400 bills they sit under harry Reid the incompetent and the executive to bring us down and a corrupt DOJ and ATT GEN where do the people go sgt at arms democrat military gutted god help us all .I pray in November we kick out all the democrats and rinos and take the senate to clean house and get on track . cut him off with funds if the senate doesn’t wake up you wont see a democrat for decades it is all their fault period they did this to us those first two year when they held all three branches . amen hope you obamma lovers are happy.

  • I Seigel says:

    One thing that the QDR took into consideration is the uncertainty of budget cuts. The DOD fears that sequestration cuts in 2016 could severely impact its abilities. This is what the Tea Party has wrought.

    1. onwego4k says:

      don’t blame the teaparty this is what they have been fighting and there is no tea party you idiot they are groups of people around the country got to gether to fight to save this country that is how the republicans got the house you must be a democrat lover . there is no party it is all people VETS REpublicans democrats independents patriots sick of seeing out country go down what have you don’t to help get it back but knock the ones killing themselves to clean house . people like you got us here voting for him and democrats

  • savage24 says:

    If anybody listened to Obama before the 2008, they should know that his first objective was the destruction of this country. The “useful idiots” elected and re-elect a traitor to the presidency, and if something isn’t done soon he may well succeed. He is following the Alinski teachings to the letter.

  • Joan Neighbors says:

    It doesn’t take an engineer or a rocket scientist to know and understand this. American citizens knew this. Why did it take a “panel” to realize it? Government employees = DUMB AND DUMBER!

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